Every year we make treats for our neighbors and good friends we go to church with each week. "Baby" and I put the plates together in the afternoon and later, after the other girls got home from school, we made Rice krispies treats to finish them off.
After dinner was said and done, we put all 20 plates in the trunk of the car and went on our way to spread some cheer.
We ended up having the greatest time singing and feeling the Christmas Spirit as a family. Giving service to others as a family is a huge bonding element.
We had one last house to go. An older couple who has given countless hours and years in service to the children. I knew they had a scary dog and I tried to warn the girls before they tore out of the car in a mad dash to the door. They didn't hear me. The big scary thing came barreling out of the dark corner and knocked "Baby" and "Middle" off of their feet. "Baby" thought he was playing and was laughing, but "Middle" knew what was going on and screamed at the top of her lungs. DH went running and yelling at the dog and I ran to get in between. The owner heard the commotion and came out the door and got the dog, but not before the dog got "Middle". She has a nice puncture wound from the bite and some scratches and big bruises on the back of her leg. Poor thing, she loves animals so much. My kids have never seen that side of a dog before. Luckily the dog is up to date on his vaccinations so all we had to do was clean it really well. (Another round of screaming).
So, if any of you have experience with your children being bit by a dog, I would love some advice on how to keep "Middle" not afraid of dogs. I am worried that next time she sees one she will be terrified like so many other kids who have been attacked are.
Have a great day.