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Kathleen Steffan, Published August 30 2009

People can be incredibly stupid

I was saddened to hear that Homer, the little dog in Glyndon, Minn., was destroyed. People can be so incredibly stupid about their animals and about their children.

Homer was a min-pin. miniature pinschers are not suited to small children, no matter how well-meaning the child. Children cannot help being clumsy, and that a child meant well is little solace to a min-pin who has been accidentally stepped on, sat on, rolled on, squeezed, pinched or dropped onto the patio.

Even miniature pinscher adults may feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can’t help making – and defensive biting may be the result.

Finally, many miniature pinschers will not tolerate any nonsense and are quick to react to teasing. Many are possessive of their food, space and toys and will defend these from all comers, including children.

To allow unsupervised children to go into other people’s yards to approach a tethered dog is the height of stupidity. Ultimately, the child and the dog suffer. Neither dogs, nor children train themselves; they must rely upon full-brain-functioning adult humans for their welfare. Hmmm? Good thing we do not have county laws to euthanize folks for sheer stupidity.