reading this makes me sooo angry, and makes my skin crawl. when i was a child, we had a corgi/something (most likely terrier) mix. a bit high strung, and perhaps not all that good with kids. I know I've told this story on here before, but it certainly bears repeating. It was Easter and Passover, and i was about 5. Playing with the dog, and I must have cornered him, and put my face right in his, and he reacted by biting me. he basically bit my eyelid off; according to my mom, it was hanging by a thread. so we called the dr., and off we went. He took one look at me, and called an eye dr., and off we went to his house.
where he put a patch on it, and told my parents he'd meet us at the hospital. where i then had surgery, and over 100 stitches to sew it up.
I cringe whenever I see any child put their face right next to a dogs, no matter how mellow, friendly, etc. the dog may be. And scotties can be a bit high strung as well. thankfully there was no major injury, but I definitely agree all kids need to be taught how to act around and interact with any animal.
I can say I will, and have, intervened whenever I've seen a child doing something or interacting with a dog that isn't very safe. if the parents want to get in a snit about it, fine, but I'll be happy to tell my story and see if they still feel I'm overstepping my bounds!