Yes, he’s cute but he doesn’t belong at the grocery store
Welcome to a very special bonus round of Unsolicited Advice, the weekly column in which I dispense advice no one asked for to people who don’t even know who I am.
The response to this week’s column about the tough reality of not being able to take your unruly toddlers wherever you want has been overwhelming. Most responders seem to be grateful that someone is saying out loud what many of us are thinking when presented with excessively misbehaving children in public places. Some are offended that anyone would expect a parent to have some measure of control over the public behavior of a toddler. But the response that has caught my eye the most is, “Now do dogs”. So, you lucky VIP subscribers get some exclusive Unsolicited Advice on the proper place of pets in any community.
Full disclosure – I am a bonafide dog lover. Our family has been fostering for the local animal rescue for nearly two years. We’ve seen half a dozen dogs placed in loving forever homes once they’ve been rehabilitated from their trauma in our foster home.