There is the cutest little boy that lives next door to us. He's four years old and very fond of dogs, especially "mugs" as he calls them. Whenever I go to take Sangmu for a walk, he wants to come with me and hold "Samoo's" leash. I Adore this boy and don't mind at all him holding Sangmu's leash while we walk. In fact, I enjoy his company for he throws out comments like, "This is my park and it's spectacular." and, "Aren't those flowers divine?" Such a small companion with such a large vocabulary is quite cute. In any case, he loves both Sangmu and me quite a lot (he might have a bit of a crush on me like so many young boys do on much older teens).

However, last night we (Sangmu and I) were out chatting with his mother and he came running up and gave me a big hug and said in the way he so sweetly does: "hi Samoo!". Sangmu was off leash but I got the leash as soon as I saw him because I knew that things would get very exciting. Sure enough, the boy wanted to hold Sangmu's leash but as soon as Sangmu saw the a neighbor dog, she wanted to go play, and he couldn't hold her back. The leash flew out of his hands and Sangmu went trotting off in the direction of the dog. I called "Sangmu!" and she turned and started back, but then our little friend called out in a shrill, excited squeal "SAMOOOO! COME BACK YOU MUG, YOU!" This was very cute, but it excited and scared Sangmu and she tore off towards us, and then just kept going. He ran after her still squealing. Sangmu at this point was rather frightened and kept running. I raced after them, passed the little boy and caught Sangmu. I held her leash for the rest of the time with him. I think we need to have a talk about what to do if Sangmu gets away. Not screaming is a good idea. Sangmu loves small children (and everybody else), but gets nervous if they freak out on her like that.

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Comment by Lila Weller on June 30, 2010 at 8:02am
You're very right about my little neighbor. His parents are wonderful...and a vocabulary such as his is r are these days.

I think that if you work hard with your dog and later your child, you won't have to worry about the dog getting hurt or hating children. With your guidance, they'll do fine.
Comment by Cassandra Lake on June 29, 2010 at 9:10am
I'm scared for my TiBella to be around kids because of how small she is. Kids don't mean to be rough sometimes but I just don't want to risk her getting hurt. I would like to have children soon and don't want her to hate kids.

But that little boy sounds very impressive. He must have wonderful parents. I see less and less children with a good vocabulary, let alone a good upbringing. He is lucky to have you as a neighbor, to help teach him things. You seem so sweet.
Comment by Lila Weller on June 29, 2010 at 7:34am
It's true! The Possibilities are endless! I'm extremely impressed with his large words.
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on June 29, 2010 at 7:03am
This little boy has quite the love and vocabulary, I'd say he'd be teachable. What a great opportunity you have; he may be a future show dog handler! :0)
Comment by Di's spoiled kids on June 28, 2010 at 3:37pm
They do not trust when they do not know what a person is going to do
Comment by Lila Weller on June 28, 2010 at 3:30pm
Poor Lulu! I have been a little bit worried about how rough he is with her and I think you're right. Kids just don't always know how to handle animals.

And it definitely is the high pitched squealing. Dogs don't know what to make of that.
Comment by Di's spoiled kids on June 28, 2010 at 1:49pm
I had a young girl that use to come visit Lily and Lulu. I would be on the porch the whole time while she was there, and they had fun with her. One day I ran into the house for something, and when I came out the girl was gone and Lily and Lulu were just sitting there. A couple of day later, the girl came by the house but never stopped, and Lulu got really mad and upset when she went by. Later the same day and there after that she would always cross the street and not walk in front of the house. I think she did something to Lulu, and maybe Lulu nipped her, but Lulu never liked little kids after that. I still to this day do not know what really happened. The girl moved away, and Lulu, well she left us, so I guess I will never know. You really need to watch you puggies around little kids.
Comment by Helena Brown on June 28, 2010 at 11:16am
Like you I have several small girls around me and Hektor is fine as long as there is no squealing, it is children's high pitch voices that sets of the excitement. Like you when my neighbours little girl has Hektor I tend to hold him as well as he is too strong for her.

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