Pugs and Bugs

by doodaddy on April 14, 2008


Critter lover.

Let me preface by saying: I’m not stupid about Boobaby and animals. I don’t let her charge strange dogs or hold spiders bigger than an inch or so. But I do encourage her around animals and that makes her bold to a fault.

You see, I got in trouble at the playground today for letting Boo pet a wandering pug. It was without owner and without collar, but clean and well-behaved — a runaway family pet. I approached the dog first and after the sniff-my-hand niceties, I poked it a few times, gave it a bear hug, and scratched it near the tail, all potentially enraging actions that I was sure Boobaby was about to engage in, since that’s how she is with dogs. The dog was cool, so I let Boo chase it around.

"You shouldn’t have that dog off-leash in here," one mom told me.


Did you think it was real? Even for a second?

"Oh, it’s not my dog, I think it just wandered in," I replied, scratching it between the eyebrows to make its thighs quiver. The mom looked scandalized, but I’m not sure what she wanted me to do. Call Animal Care and Control? Find a rope and tie it up? Slide the poor pooch down the helter-skelter? (Actually, that last one was Boobaby’s idea.)

Boobaby’s going to get bit some day, by a bug or by a goat or by a snake. I’ve been bitten by horses and birds and seals and ladybug larvae, and I’ve not only survived but learned better through the experience about how not to get bit. You can’t learn to use a knife with the respect it’s due except by using a knife, danger and all. Animals are the same way.

So I’m not stupid when it comes to animals and my daughter — in fact, I’m doing the best I can to introduce them as often as possible.

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swill April 14, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Was down at Lullaby Lane (kids store) in San Bruno this afternoon with my 20m old daughter. She’s meandering in front of me in the bedding section and suddenly out pop’s a decent (30lb+) sized dog on a leash right in her face.

I love dogs. Love it when my daughter is around cool dogs. Her first word was “doggy”. But c’mon…in a children’s store? Seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Was I wrong to have talked to the manager and gotten them booted? (It was honestly really really hard to not berate the pregnant owners on the spot for their complete stupidity…but losing it in front of the kid is not a good thing).



Helen April 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

I admit, I thought the picture was real for a second.


sugarplumsmom April 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I think you did the right thing by checking out the dog’s reaction first.. and thereby teaching Boobaby how to deal with strange animals.

and yes, I was faked out at first glance by the snake pic too… before I even saw the snake though I wondered what on earth kind of hat/jacket thing she was wearing..


Xbox4NappyRash April 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Almost in no way related, I was bitten by a horse once.

I petted it, and it bloody bit me.


doodaddy April 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Nice to know your priorities are in order — fashion before potentially dangerous reptiles!


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