I just wanted to remind those of you with kids about safety and strange dogs. I was at the park today with my dog Rufus. We were walking around the lake and out of nowhere this kid, about 9 or 10 comes running up to us at full speed . As soon as I saw the kid I started yelling at him to stop, he still got a lot closer,even after the dog got between us and was going nuts. I'm just glad that I saw the kid in time to prevent him from getting bit. Anyway, please remind your kids not to go running up to strange dogs, and to always stop out of the animals range and ok it with the owner before touching a strange dog. Also, as a rule ,dogs do not like to be patted on top of their heads. Bunny ( forum dog expert) could probably tell you more about that. I did have Rufus sit and then let the kid pet him properly. I'm just glad that it all turned out ok, please keep your kids safe. This isn't the first time that something like this has happened with us so I'm guessing that lots of kids probably do this kind of stuff.