Thanks all. I was upset earlier because, well, I don't bring them over often, but my mother loves baby puppies, and I do like her to see them. I don't have them all the time.
But Mom's eye has been awful with this crazy evil disease that basically ate two corneas already. So it isn't anything lame on my father's part. It is a nasty problem. I don't think my dogs are any more likely to cause her an infection than my sister's kids. I mean, as for diseases, it has to be a zoonotic disease. As for bacteria, well, kids have bacteria too. My dogs aren't filthy. My sister's baby has MRSA for heaven's sake. I don't know.
I took it personally. I know my dad is worried about my mom. But it was Cujo as much as any of the rest of us that helped my mother beat cancer. She wants another dog, and I think that is mainly what my dad is worried about. He doesn't want to go through the heartache again. We lost Pippy and then Cujo, and he doesn't want another dog. Mom does.
Mom doesn't ask me to bring the pups over. She doesn't. She enjoys them when I do. And I am for the most part talking about 2-4 week old puppies. I only bring them out if I am going to vet for something to do with the dam, and then I will stop by for a few moments for her to see them.
As for the couple of times in the last 2+ years that I brought and older pup or dog over, well, I dunno. I think I am more likely to spread an infection than they are.
If you sit with your mom as she is petting the puppies and then help her use hand sanitizer right in front of your dad so he knows that she has nothing pathogenic on her hands, maybe that will help calm his fears. In some facilities that our Therapy Dogs visit, they ask us to carry sanitizer and help the residents use it at the end of a visit.
Ah well, Dad runs and gets the antibacterial soap and waits for me to get done, yelling at the pup to stay away from him. That was today.
Ask your mom's doctor.
can't you bring your mom to your place to enjoy your dogs?
There are plenty of folks your parents age enjoying GSDs.
No, it is hard but my dad doesn't want her around dogs because he is afraid for her eyeball. It just wouldn't fly for her to come over to my place.
Dad's a good guy. He has taken care of my critters when I have been in the hospital or if I have spent the night elsewhere a few times a year. I don't want to tick him off either. I think his frustration and flat out anger about this today was off the scale though. He's going to get a stroke over all this crap. He isn't any more healthy than my mother.