Boy 1 and Boy 2 started picking on Robin. Robin was on the little slide, Erin was 100 yards away on the swings. I shuffled back and forth between them. Whenever I turned my back to Robin, she started fussing. Boy 1 was always behind her, Boy 2 by Boy 1's side, grinning. At first, I thought she was taking too long on the slide and Boy 1 was annoyed. It happens.
Then, protest #4 from Robin had me witnessing Boy 1 kicking her. With both feet. With a look of grim determination on his face. The mama bear in me rose up and I demanded of him, "Where is your Mom, Where is your Dad?" He immediately knew the game was up and slunk away as best he could. Dad 2 saw this, raced over to intercept Boy 2 and ask what was going on. I said, "Boy 1 (probably age 6 or so ) was kicking my 2-year-old." Dad 1 finally clued in that something was going on and chased Boy 1. Dad 2 apologized profusely. Dad 1... well, he just wrangled his boy and left. Oh, during all the bullying Dad 1 and Dad 2 were engrossed in conversation.....
Today, we were at the city park, girls brought their push cars and scooters, again, to get wiggles out. There's a center grassy area flanked by two playgrounds, one for little 'ins, one for big 'uns. Around it is a paved path perfect for riding. Erin was halfway around her first lap when I heard her start crying. I saw to older folks and a smallish white dog. I hurried over and asked if Erin was OK ( she was) and the couple assured me she was just startled by the dog, the dog was a reduce and not very well socialized. Erin finished her lap and collapsed next to me.
She showed me the indentation and the break in the skin on her leg where the dog bit her.
I'm fine with rescue dogs, it's a good cause, it's not the animals fault. I'm fine with trying to socialize the animal. But at a children's playground? Where the dog is on a leash, but given enough lead to bite a passing child? REPEAT: ALLOWED TO BITE A PASSING CHILD???!?!!?!!