However, my MIL, who looks after my DD for a few hours a couple of times a week, has just moved onto a property that is dual living and the lady owner has 4 dogs, one of which is a staffy, the other a rottweiler plus two smaller dogs (i think ones a jack russell but not sure of the 4th one)
Anyway, long story short, the rotty apparently killed 3 chooks yesterday and my MIL says she loves the rotty because "it takes you by the hand and leads you where he wants to go"
These two things are very concerning to me because DD is only just 2 and very small (perfect bite level for a rotty to her face!) and i dont know these dogs from a bar of soap.
They roam the property and although there is a small courtyard where DD can be enclosed away from the dogs, if they wanted to, they could jump down into it (its a split level type setting and they look down into the courtyard)
My dilemma is that I dont want to stop my DD from going there when i need to/when MIL wants her to, but i feel incredibly uncomfortable about the dogs.
I have discussed it with DH and he has said we will have to tell her that if the dogs are outside, DD must stay inside. I agree with this but i dont know if MIL will abide by our wishes as she tends to think we over react.
Would you enforce this rule? I dont know these dogs names, ages, or how much time they have spent with children (if any) but if a rottweiler can kill 3 chooks, it can certainly kill a 2 year old.
Or should i be a real "paranoid" parent and stop her going all together? (which is tempting!)