Rachel - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
My mother in law is a wonderful woman, and as a grandma she spoils my daughter, and as a grandma she lives her dreams of having a daughter vicariously through her. How ever as a mother I feel that there are certain guidelines set forth by all moms that should be followed through when it comes to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The issue: my MIL's dog. He is a loving little dog, however he has developed a tantrum and growls at my 8 month old daughter and lunged toward her once. The final straw was when he bit her clothing just missing her foot. We currently live with the in-laws, and I have asked my MIL to keep her dog away from my daughter when she holds her and watches her due to safety. However my MIL thinks she can control the dogs actions while holding her.
On several occasions I kindly asked her to leave the dog on the ground and out of her lap while she holds my daughter. I've asked her to keep the dog on the ground when she allows my daughter to play on the bed. But she continues to let her dog near her, and even heard him growl once, and she said was "no".
I don't want to keep my daughter away from my MIL, but I feel like she is choosing her dog over the safety of my daughter. I am concerned and don't want to seem like the kind of DIL who isn't appreciative for all that my FIL and MIL have done for us. Something must be done with this dog.
Please help me and this living situation.