Friends of Children and Pets

@AmbiePam (49082)
United States
May 14, 2012 1:44pm CST
I was thinking about this today when Annabelle (my 8 lb. Chihuahua) met up with a dachsund today while we were taking our morning walk. They really like each other and start to wrestle with each other when they meet up. The dog's name is Tinkerbell, although I learned that through another neighbor, not Tinkerbell's owner (apparently, the owner let's her out to do her "business" and then Tinkerbell comes back later). I was thinking I'm glad Annabelle has friends she can play with, like Tinkerbell, and like this other "free roaming" dog, Samson (a Boston terrier). It made me think back to when I was a child, and the friends I had. My sister never liked any of my friends. Big surprise, right? My mom was fine with all of my friends. But my best friend's mother, I only grew to understand when I got older, was jealous. Her daughter wasn't that smart, and I was (I'm sure plenty of you out there are way smarter than I am.). I could never understand why her mother would put me down until I was a teenager and it just clicked. I brought it up to my mom and she said she had noticed that, but didn't want to put it in my head that an adult was behaving so childishly. By the way, this woman really liked my older sister, but that could be because she didn't have a daughter my sister's age. No competition for her to feel insecure. Parents, do you like your children's friends? Pet owners, do you like the dogs or cats your pets take a shine to? All the animals Annabelle has ever liked have been ones I liked as well. Although I've really yet to meet an animal I didn't like.
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@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
14 May 12
Thanks for the discussion. As regards the question about my children's friends, normally I did unless the child's behavior, my child or the friend, became a problem when they were together. Now, that my children are grown, they have had a few adult friends I didn't like and fortunately, they always end up not being friends without my interference. As adult children, my children learned for themselves that some of the people they chose as friends were NOT friends at all just users. My dogs are pretty much at home dogs and don't wander. In our city it is against the law for a dog to wander the streets especially with an owner who just turns them loose. I do not take them to a dog park, because around here too many dogs have been getting sick from the dog parks. Some of the dog parks have had problems with ticks and Lyme disease, and other dogs being brought to the parks while the dog is sick therefore giving the sickness to other people's pets. Diseases like Parvo stay in the ground for years and if your dog is young and not treated for Parvo, the chance of getting it is very high. My two dogs are very different, two different ages, but they play well together. Only on occasion is there a problem between them and usually that is an accident and one hurts the other and they yelp. One of mine is female and other a male and both have been either spade or neutered. I've never met a dog I didn't like but I have met dog owners who I didn't like at all and who have turned their dogs vicious. In part of our metroplex area, pit bulls are banned because of what I believe to be bad owners, not the breed. I have a problem with neglectful owners who just put a dog on a chain in a yard and never do anything with the dog. It is like the dog was a cute, cuddly puppy they spent time with but when they grow up, the owner doesn't like them anymore and abuses the dog. If you aren't going to make a commitment to take time with the dog or any animal for the life of the animal or take care of them, then don't take on the responsibility of ownership. I'm really tired of hearing people say how stupid animals are, especially dogs, when dogs are known to have the intelligence of a seven year old child. Dogs love unconditionally and give you far more in many ways than most of us give them. At one time in the past, I owned acreage and had a mix of dogs and cats. I believe I had as many as 5 dogs and 5 cats at one time. It was a rural setting and the cats roamed and hunted all kinds of small wildlife. My dogs have never been allowed to roam, because there are just too many people out in the world who due to their own fear of animals will hurt a roaming dog. It is expensive to take care of that many animals at one time, but I did it and they all, dogs and cats, got along well together. However, let a strange dog or cat come around, it was a different story. My animals were very protective of each other and would not permit an invasion of other people's pets. They didn't attack other animals, but they did let the animal know they were not welcome. It is terrible when an adult is jealous of a child in any manner. Our children always have competition in life and must learn to deal with it. But you would think when an adult is jealous of a child they would quit it and realize how childish they were. But many parents are just into controlling their children's lives down to the smallest things and it is just sad to see the results. I cannot tell you how many children I've seen over the years have their feelings hurt and friendships ended, not because of the other child, but because of some prejudice of the parent. Sometimes I think the child is more grown up than the parent.
@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
15 May 12
You mentioned it's illegal for dogs to wander without someone with them or on a leash. It's illegal here too! I was quite dismayed the first time I saw Tinkerbell. I don't put Annabelle on a leash if we're in the complex grass area, and no one minds. But I'm with her at all times and she stays right by my side. This dog's owner is never around and I don't like that. I mean the dog lets me pet her, so anyone could just come, pick her up, and steal her. And the dog's owner would never know.
• Denver, Colorado
15 May 12
The worst part, the dog could bite someone and who would claim responsibility? Does it have a collar with tags? Or a microchip? It just bothers me to no end when people don't take care of their pets. It may be friendly to you, but can you guarantee it would be to everyone? I've seen some of the most gentle dogs become scared and bite.
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@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
16 May 12
It has a collar, but no tags. Before I knew who it belonged to that was the first thing I looked for.
• United States
17 May 12
We have had issues with a parent at dance class. He is very jelous that my girls dance better then his. The thing is his daughter has been in this style (irsh step) for only two years. Mine have been in it for 7 and 5. They just have had more practice. This father though has caused my girls a lot of trouble. accusing them of bullying, of being insubordant, and even threating to hit them if they touch his daughter, (as my 11 year old had to hold her hand in the one dance this blew into a big thing). I had to call the cops and get a restraining order on him fro threating my girls (we had witnesses). The owner will not kick these parents out (the cops where also called by another parent becasue the girl is a bully and was leaving sizable bruises on her daughter) We are leaving the school after this recital and moving over to a new one becasue of it. They can keep their idiont family, while the rest of the class leaves. There are 5 other families leaving with us a total of 11 kids. On the other hand my kids have friends they have been close to for over 8 years. We have play dates that include not oly the kids but us parents and our doggies.
@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
17 May 12
That's amazing that they would keep that girl even after a restraining order has been issued to the father.
• United States
17 May 12
Not so much they are loosely related
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
14 May 12
Hmmm, Penny and Ciara's friends? Well, I like them all, but Penny only gets along with those who are alpha and will pin her down, if a dog doesn't she will bite them, so she isn't sociable enough to have good friends. Ciara on the other hand, is a snob and I wonder if this is because she lives and plays with another dog 24/7, because I take her to my neighbor's and my neighbor's dog, who is old and rarely shows bounciness, jumps up like a puppy when Ciara is around, yet Ciara ignores her.. So I got a snob and a bully as dogs, what kind of friends do you suppose they can make?? lol As for my son's friends, I like them all, but there is one I wouldn't want to have over for an over night. This is because we do live on the lake and at my son's party, it was this boy who I told at least 3 times, that he can't go in the lake since we didn't ask his mom and he ended up going in anyway. I can't be responsible for a child who won't obey the rules, not when something can happen to him because he decides to go swimming and he has an accident. So as long as the child is respectful and follows our rules, I don't mind and I really like the brothers who live up the street, even though the older one tries to con me into letting him do something, he knows I will call his parents if he does something wrong.. Now my daughter, her best friend she made in high school, at first I didn't like her because her and her mother let my daughter go to their home when she got angry with us. In other words, my daughter ran away at 15 and I didn't know where she was and the mother didn't call, so I didn't want my daughter near this girl. Today, I think the girl knew it was wrong, and she and I talk a lot now, which is good since she is the Maid of Honor for my daughter's wedding..:)
@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
15 May 12
Your bit with the dogs is hysterical. I can't believe that mom didn't call you. Wouldn't she expect the same courtesy?
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• United States
15 May 12
LOL, I know, I think because Penny and Ciara have each other, they treat other dogs differently than "only child" dogs.. As for the mom, she was and still is messed up.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 May 12
Now throughout the years I have came across some of my children's friends that I didn't care for very much. There was usually good reason for it though. I am not one to be judgmental or think that everyone has to fit a criteria. I think my son's friends were the ones that I worried with the most..lol. We have some chihuahuas that live next door who come to visit my chihuahuas sometimes when they go outside. It is a fiasco. They bark and carry on like they will eat each other up and then they settle in for some sniffing and playing.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
15 May 12
I did like my childrens friends...and all these years later they all still call me mom! Yup....surprising! And they still feel free to visit....Reggie didn't really have any friends....he kinda like to steal the show so others backed down for him.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
14 May 12
My kids have relatively good taste in friends. If I find I don't like one of their friends, it doesn't take long for my child to see the bad in them also and hang out with them less and less. Thus far I've liked everyone my oldest has chosen to hang out with.. but I haven't met too many of my younger kid's friends yet.
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• United States
14 May 12
I think I liked most of my kid's friends. There were a few I was afraid would be a bad influence, but my kids dealt with that all okay too. I never was jealous as my kids made pretty good choices for friends anyway - obviously the mother who was jealous over looked the fact that her daughter could choose good friends such as you! Parents can be crazy sometimes!