|Barked: Fri Jan 11, '13 3:22pm PST |
|Rigby - that's INSANE! Omg.. That would terrify me. I have children coming around all the time asking to walk my dogs. They ALWAYS get a resounding NO. Ria is unmanageable on a leash - my fault. And Charlie doesn't walk well for anyone BUT me. I've allowed my younger sister(12) to walk Charlie before. But he had his halti on and I showed her how to properly walk him without injuring him. I also stayed RIGHT beside her the entire time. Luckily, she's very mature for her age and knows to do exactly what I ask of her in terms of caring for my dogs. But TWO dogs that could haul him out onto a street? And on a flexi no less? There isn't just the issue of the potential for the child to be hauled into the street, but also if he dropped the flexi leash and scared the dogs into bolting into the street too..
I can almost beat that though. There's a little girl around that age that walks TWO unruly Labradors in my neighborhood. I cringe when I see her walking them, and I ALWAYS put my dogs inside when I spot them coming, because those dogs WILL haul her right over to my dogs, and get right, rudely in my dogs face. The dogs did that to Ria once when she was only eight weeks old. Little girl was apologizing profusely, while tacking on "they're friendly!" Luckily, I've never had them charge Charlie like that. He WOULD NOT tolerate that. Those dogs also did that when my friend lived here with her Shepherd/Collie mix who was very very picky about what dogs she liked. She ended up in a fight with the Labs while everyone tried to separate them. Sigh.
Smokey - it's hard to call child services on her when I don't know her address and haven't SEEN any of this in action - child services out here, you have to jump through hoops just to get them to look into something. It took MONTHS of various family members calling on my uncle before they even willingly looked at the situation of abuse and neglect with him, and when they did, they gave him a heads up they were coming and he prepared, then took off for another province. That said, I believe she meant while she goes out for a cigarette(doesn't smoke in her house). I think she brought that up after people hounded her about it. And I'm not sure she'd actually leave her baby alone, so much as was trying to make a point(and a terrible one at that) about how much she trusts that dog alone with her child.
But yes, she does seem.. I dunno.. Manic Depressive or possibly Bipolar at times. She uses Facebook as her diary, essentially, so ANYTIME something negative happens, you read about it there. I brought it up to her at one point because it was getting concerning and she said "I have good days and bad days like anyone else." and I told her, "If people were to go by the things you say and post, it suggests every day is a bad day and that you don't have very good coping skills." and she just ignored it. I suggested help. She said her baby is what gets her through. Ugh.
There was one time though, when she and I reunited after about six years of not having seen one another, and she ended up staying over with her baby, had a few drinks, etc. I made the decision to stay sober - she brought the drinks. To boot, the next day she was trying to get me to babysit her daughter so she could go on a date. I refused. She's only eighteen if that gives you an idea.
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