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Woman asks if she's wrong for not apologizing after her dog scared a little boy.

Woman asks if she's wrong for not apologizing after her dog scared a little boy.

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Few topics trigger more intense feelings than parenting and pet care.

The way people care for their animals is deeply personal, and any judgment from friends and family can feel like a personal attack. Being told your animal is dangerous or "badly trained" when you've communicated about their behavioral patterns can feel like willful ignorance.

That dynamic is turned up to 100 when it comes to parenting, how your child acts, and what other people think of your kid's behavior.

In a recent post on the Am I The A**hole subreddit, these two big feelings came to a head, when OP refused to apologize after her dog scared a kid who didn't respect boundaries.

She wrote:

AITA for not apologizing for my dog scaring off another kid?

My 7-year-old son was having a birthday party the previous weekend and a number of his friends and schoolmates around his age came over, along with their parents.

I have a male mastiff-mix for context. I know people always love to exaggerate and say their dog is so loving regardless of whatever their dog's true personality is. My dog is friendly towards my family and people he's familiar with. But he's very aloof towards strangers. He doesn't bark towards strangers but will have a low growl if he's patted/touched without the proper introduction.

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