Pitbulliest: "I don't understand why that 1 year old child was allowed to do all those terrible things to the dog in the first place. I find this very heartbreaking and it angers me that parents don't stop their children."
I totally agree with you on that. The mom was not in the same room with a one year old. I thought she was, and I was hosting the party, so I was in the kitchen. I knew April was in her crate. And when I came out of the kitchen I saw my April being tormented, I quickly took her out of the crate and went looking for the mother.
I was very upset at the situation, first at the mom for leaving the child and second because of the child tormenting my April. It truly pissed me off.
I would never leave my child of only 1 years old unattended!!!!
Everyone has given some great advice on this topic. I thank you all for that. Just an update: Recently we had my husband's cousins over one 9 and the other 4 years old. I held April in my arms when they came in. Of course, she barked like crazy and tried to run away from them. But, I gave them a treat to give her, and kept holding her. After a while, she started to calm down and eventually allowed them to pet her. It was a great success.
Now, I am going to try to do that more often with different aged children, like when I walk her in the park, I will let the younger children to pet her while I hold her. I am sure with time and "practice" she will eventually, stop barking at them and just go up to them.
Thank you all, because I was very fearful of what might happened, if we had a child. I am going to continue to practice with her, that way she eventually will relax.