Letting kids work things out by themselves

My best friend from college moved to England this summer, and the person who was going to keep her dog for her backed out at the last minute. Since we have the same kind of dog (Maltese), I offered to take her until they got settled and made a decision about whether or not to have her flown over in the fall or find another owner. (Maybe even us?)

Bunny didn’t have a hard time adjusting to our family, but she wasn’t at all interested in our dog, Yuki. In fact, she was downright annoyed by her. Not only was she totally bugged by Yuki’s attempts to play with her throughout the day, but she was clearly put out by the thought of having to share her people. It was pretty funny for us to watch Bunny growl at every move Yuki made, but they really needed to figure things out between them or they were going to be miserable.

I found it interesting that we couldn’t do jack diddly squat about their relationship issues. You can’t really reason with or lecture to a dog, and it’s not like we were going to give them separate bedrooms or something. Simply put, they had to work things out for themselves.

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