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Of Pets and Neighbors.

We have a neighbor who is 88 years old. She’s decided all of a sudden that she wants to have a little dog. Of course she’s old enough to decide what she wants to do with her life, but we’ve also been hesitant about her having one. She’s a little unsteady on her feet and has some memory problems. We’re afraid that the dog will get tangled up in her feet and make her fall and break a bone or something. Her sister’s dog did that to her not so long ago, so it’s not entirely implausible. Not to mention that she might not remember when the last time the dog was let out to use the restroom.

But I think her son is going to come back to Ohio soon after he retires and help her find a dog. It’ll probably end up being more of my dog than her dog, since I’ll be the one walking it and making sure it uses the restroom. And feeding it, probably. I don’t mind as much since I like dogs and everything, but I’m more worried that it’s going to unintentionally make her fall.

I just hope that whatever dog she chooses is already housebroken and has a calm demeanor. Otherwise we’re going to have some problems. But it’s her money in the end and she’ll spend it how she wishes. At least I get to be part owner of the dog in a sense?

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