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08 August 2006 @ 09:26 am
My sweet little boy child has recently turned into a mad little pet pest. Not a mean little pest, just an annoying little chasey, grabby, not leavey aloney pest. I've let my old girl, Jasmine, go live with my mom for awhile in hopes that this will pass. She's old and deserves some peace.

I miss her, though. It's eerie without the tinkle of her collar or the clack of her claws on the floor. My little boy keeps asking after her, and I keep expecting her to bullet into my lap.

My mom says that she's parked herself in a central location so she can keep her eye on the door to the room I occupy when I visit, keep her eye on the backyard and the front door, and that she's crying all the time. :o(

But I think it's got to be better for her than to have a 32 pound toddler trying to ride her like a horse, and she was starting to snap at him to back off. I really feel I did the right thing, but it's haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard.
hotch: lickinghanbnan on August 8th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ohh - I am so sad for you! Poor sweet Jasmine. Poor little child. Poor YOU!
Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It will be okay, though. She's familiar with my mom and my mom's house. I'm not intending this to be permanent.
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Loving Life: Bubbyllinthesand on August 8th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh that is such a hard situation. I would have kept her home though because kids have to be taught... and your home was hers before your son came along. Just my opinion. I know Bubby growled a few times to get his point across and I taught my kids that when he was in his bed he was off limits. It helped to make them love and respect doggers even more. Poor Jasmine. My heart goes out to her.
Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he needs to learn, but I don't think she should suffer while he does. I think he's going to outgrow this stage, which is all I think it is.
pooh25pooh25 on August 8th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
poor you.. this must be so hard to have to choose between your two babies..

Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
It was. I did it more for Jasmine's sake, though I didn't want Andrew to end up getting hurt, either. But I figure he can learn a lesson without Jasmine having to endure his pesty behavior in the meantime! Losing his dog is turning out to be a hard lesson for him, in itself.
pooh25pooh25 on August 8th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
when we moved away leaving my cat behind was the hardest thing I ever done.. I was suppose to take it back when I was back in town, but I never could and I never saw him before he died :(
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NH: Pets: Corny & Maizyxsaltyx on August 8th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
So, in the meantime are you taking your son over to visit Jasmine so he can learn how to treat her properly? I don't think this is a thing that kids "grow out of" without some kind of teaching and guidance. Though, I think that dogs and kids should NEVER be left unsupervised together regardless.
Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
We've talked to him about it, and yes, he will see her. We also have cats that he pesters, and he's learning how to treat animals with them. They have the advantage of being able to climb to get away from him, and also have less damaging teeth if they give him a warning nip. I was a "pet pest" who outgrew it. And now I'm a very loving pet owner, so I'm not worried.

No, dogs and kids should not be left together unsupervised. But even so, a dog can snap and injure a child in a split second.
vixvix on August 8th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about this; I had to leave my cat with my mom while I was going to school in NY, and while it was a place he was familiar with, he was NOT fond of her cat or her dog, so as soon as I was back in a situation where he could live with me, I immediately brought him back with me. But I have a lot of appeasement to do, I think. :) He seems to be pretty well-adjusted to life with just me again, so that's good. I'm sure Jasmine will be the same way, and I think your actions are erring on the good side of caution rather than the paranoid side. Better safe than sorry.
Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, thanks. :)

I had to give a cat up to my mom and my intention was to take him back when I was back in a "pets allowed" situation, but they both ended up getting really attached to each other (he was only my own cat for about 8 months). I think she's had him for 10 years now! My goodness.

Jasmine will be coming home sooner than that.
tini_smomtini_smom on August 8th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
I really feel for you and Jasmine and want to tell you that as hard as it is, I think you did the right thing. I had the same situation with a much larger dog many years ago. I could not get my daughter to respect him the way she should've and believe me I tried and corrected her frequently. I kept my dog and he ended up putting 22 stitches in my daughters face. I doubt Jasmine could do the kind of damage our large dog did but trust me, it's something you don't want to have to deal with. It was a horrible traumatic experience for us all.
Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Aaaw. I'll bet that really was awful. I'm sorry that happened to your little girl. *hug* How is she now?
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Sheri: 3 bostonsbooksaremyhabit on August 8th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
yikes, you're in a hard spot right now, little boys can be rough and just not even realize it. I'm glad you have your parents house to keep her at, at least you know she's getting love and everything she needs. I"m sorry you have to go thru this.
Laurapink_aster on August 8th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
That's exactly the problem, he doesn't realize he's not being gentle. I don't think he quite has the concept yet.
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