Let's just start this out with a fact not too many won't disagree with.
Koda is cute.
Koda is adorable
I guess that was two facts. But you get what I'm trying to say.
He is just too darn cute.
He attracts a lot of attention when we go out walking with him.
I think its the coloring he has plus his short legs. A lot of people don't know what a corgi is or maybe know a little about what a corgi is. He gets confused a lot with a mini German Shepherd if there is even such a breed.
He is people friendly, not dog friendly. You guys all know this.
A lot of kids want to pet him. Hubby was ambivalent about letting them pet him, would tell them to be gentle and would monitor the situation very closely.
I never liked any kid petting him. Its not that I have anything against kids, I love them, but I worried about the implication if he did bite a child. I am of the opinion that any dog will bite, no matter what the owner might say. You just don't know and I don't want to take that chance.
So if I'm walking Koda alone without hubby and if a kid asks me if he can pet Koda, I usually say "no." I have had a few kids say "why not" which perturbs me, not sure why, but it does. So in that case I usually say "because I don't want you to pet him," which usually quiets them.
I had a parent last month at the park ask if his about 18 month old child could pet Koda. I said "no." He said to his little child "she said no, you can't pet the dog." I wanted to strangle him. Koda is not there to socialize with other dogs or give your child an opportunity to pet a dog. He is there to enjoy the walk and take care of whatever business he wants to take care of.
Now that he is blind, hubby is in total complete agreement that kids shouldn't pet him because in all fairness, Koda really should be able to see who is touching him. I did tell the parent above that he was blind and I wasn't sure what his reaction might be and I didn't want to take the chance.
So tonight at the park two separate cute little girls commented on how cute Koda was. The first was walking with her parents laps around the park. The first time she saw us she said "cute dog" I always say "thank you" though I have no credit for him being cute. The second time around (yes we walk that slow) she said "does he bite?" I said "no". She said "can I pet him?" I just said "no" and continued walking. The second little girl playing on the play equipment saw him and commented on how adorable he was. She said "can I pet him?" I said "no" and continued walking.
So am I okay doing this? Am I expected to allow anyone pet him? In all fairness most kids that have petted him have been gentle. A few have patted him instead of petted him. A few have run up and tried to pet him without asking. I do appreciate those that at least ask. For the most part, adults who approach him and express an interest, we will let him interact with them. He does like that. I just think he needs to be respected and appreciated. I'm not sure all kids are capable of that.