I had a "situation" occur at the playground the other day which still has me going hmmm? I was visiting a public playground where a group of homeschool families routinely meet. I know a few of the families in that group and was there because they were having a used curriculum sale, and I love to shop for book bargains. There were lots of kids running around, naturally, my own as well as the other families' kids. The books for sale were under a shaded pavilion, as was a picnic table with lots of snacks & drinks for the kids to help themselves to. I didn't notice the lady who came to sit at that picnic table with her dog on a leash. But my 8-year-old came up to me and said "That dog bit me." The dog didn't break the skin on my son's leg, didn't even leave much of a mark. I asked him again about what exactly happened. And my son said he was just walking by the picnic bench where the lady & the dog were sitting and the dog sort of rushed out and nipped at him. He hadn't been trying to entice or tease the dog in any way. I thought the dog's owner should at least know what had happened, to prevent it from happening to anyone else, and worse. When I told her, nicely, saying "I thought you should know this..." she was very apologetic. And then she began defending the dog, saying how nice & friendly he really was in real life, but being around all these children was making him nervous. Since I felt like a guest at this group's gathering I didn't want to make a big fuss. So we quickly finished our business & left. But ever since I've been thinking about it, & going hmmm? Why did she have the dog there when there is a big sign posted at the entrance to the park saying NO DOGS? Why was she there right in the middle of the activity with a dog who gets nervous around a lot of children? Why didn't she get a clue when I told her the dog had nipped at my son and at least move themselves to the edge of the group? What would you have done if you were that dog's owner? If you were me? If you were that dog?