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PARENTING: Never give pets to kids without consulting parents

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I used to work in the Wynford Drive office. About 27 kilometers from our home in Scarborough on Hayward Crescent.

Some days, it took me 2.5hrs to drive to work on the 401 then the Don Parkway (Don parking move highway).

I am in a meeting one day. My phone buzes. “Come to Kennedy & Lawrence and pick up your kids”.

I went to my manager and told her I had to go. She looks at me “you said things were bad but didn’t say Thierry could drop off the kids at an Animal shelter. GO”.

I drive super fast to the SPCA at Kennedy and Lawrence and fly into the store.

“Did a white man drop off 2 black kids here? They don’t belong in an animal shelter”.

The woman looks at me funny. “No kids were dropped off. But there is a white man with 2 black kids in the parking lot with a family dog. Her name is Sheba”.

I run to the parking lot.

What a thing to see. Becky says “we got Sheba. Remember Queen Sheba. She is gonna teach TashaBoo to walk”.

Becky was 4yrs old. Tasha was 11mths old and the poor kid was holding onto Sheba.

We brought Sheba home. She was a German Shepherd. That dog taught Natasha how to walk.

Fast forward. Annet gets her first son.  By this time, we have Theodore.  Imagine when Theodore teaches Achebe how to walk.

Pets are fun and good for kids. Yet, as much as we want them for our kids, have we taught our kids to look after their new best friend?

Pets need food, water, being cleaned up after, being taken for a walk. Who pays for all this? Ask the parents.

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—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 13, 2019 at 10:25PM

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