Just got done walking Badger around a local park, and since it is nice out (our weather has just been horrible this Spring), the park was alive with people and a softball game was being played. Well, I mind my own business and just let Badger be a pup, smelling EVERYTHING in sight and acting nuts LOL. Since he's in his cage all day I have to let him see the outside as much as I can, especially on a nice day. OK, on the way out of the park three little girls jump off the swingsets and make a beeline over to us. I'm never afraid that Badger would hurt anyone, but at just under 9 months old, he's still excited easily. Well, I promptly made the decision to stop the girls in their tracks ( I know, all they wanted to do was pet him) and told them that he was a little excited and that maybe some other time they could pet him. They were upset, and I felt bad. Their parents gave me a look as if I just told them that the Easter Bunny was not real and I was some type of jerk! I know d*mn well that if Badger had jumped up on one of the girls and knocked her down, or scratched her I would be apart of the nightly news. I feel bad that as much as I want to socialize Badger, I steered clear of the opportunity. But some things will never mix in my opinion...strange kids and dogs. I know I did the right thing, right?