In reply to your post about dogs. At our school 2 days ago my nephew (6yrs) was walking past a German Shepard which was tied to the fence. The dog turned and bit him on the thigh. It broke the skin and caused terrible bruising. He did nothing to antagonize the dog and this dog has been at the school every day for the last year. I think this just goes to show that NO dog can safely be trusted with children without supervision. Under no circumstances would I ever leave my children alone with any dog. It most certainly is not worth the risk as they can on the odd occasion be unpredictable. It only takes one bite which can be fatal and life altering. I have grown up with German Shepard's and have bred 2 other breeds. So I do not dislike dogs, I think they can be a valuable addition to any family, just use common sense and never leave a child unattended no matter how much you trust a dog, or you may live to regret it.
Dallas, WA, 11mth, 6 & 7 Yr.