I’m at the vet with Lily, and this greyhound next to me has not stopped barking for ONE HOUR. His owner just singsongs, “Oh, stop.” He came over to my seat, and I snapped my fingers at him, and guess what? He stopped. Think he would respond if I used the dog-training voice I use on the kids at school: “STOP.” Is it wrong to discipline other people’s pets?
Remember the time we were in the Customer Service line at Wal*Mart, and some kid was banging on the ATM? He was like three, and his mother was totally ignoring him while she talked to the clerk. We were both giving him dirty looks and shaking our heads, and you said, “No wonder the ATM is always broken.” He started getting loud, and his mother told him to stop, but he didn’t. (Probably because she didn’t even turn around to look at him when she spoke.) He kept doing it, and then I went over to him and said, “Your mom asked you to stop. You need to stop kicking the machine.” (Oh, right, because instead of just banging on the keyboard like a Fisher Price piano, he was now kicking it, too.) He stopped and just stared at us. Finally his mom came over to get him and made him stand at the counter with her. I’m surprised she didn’t say anything to us!
Hallelujah, she took the dog outside. The silence is deafening. I forgot they had the radio on!
Thank you for reminding me why I don’t like dogs.
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