I took my two dogs out for a walk today; On the way home we stopped to play with the neighbor's dog. While we were in the front yard, a lady from next door came out with her one and a half year old child. This woman desperately wants a corgi so she comes out whenever I am around. I keep a very close eye on my dogs when small children are around. Neither has ever indicated that they are uncomfortable or upset, until today :( Today, this woman's little girl grabbed Oakley by the ear. She didn't pull but she did grab hard. Oakley curled up her lips at her. She didn't growl but she did show her teeth. I don't know if the mother noticed what Oakley's reaction was, but she did tell her little girl not to grab her ear. I'm really concerned because Oakley has never shown aggressive tendencies toward little children. She has, however, shown aggressiveness before. For example, she will growl if you bend over near her while she's on her bed or get near her food bowl. I'm worried because I do want to have children some day. Is Oakley's reaction somewhat justified? I think, what would the child do if Oakley bit her ear? But then again she's a child and Oakley is a dog. What do you think about this whole incident? Little kids try to pet my dogs all of the time and they've always been great with it (I keep a VERY close eye on things) but now I'm worried.