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What would Pellew Do?

We all know he had a way with the young. He had reserves of patience and kindness, and he spent much of his life dealing with teenagers. I need his skills today.

My daughter is 14. She is old enough to be a young gentleman, (or a useful young lady.) Tell me, fangirls, what you think of this:
 She had plans to sleep over at a friends house. But she came home first to walk and feed the dog. This is one of her jobs. She does it every night. She was in a hurry, her mind on other things. After she left, I found the poor dog sitting and looking doleful. Daughter had given her a bowl of cooked asparagus!

Mr Bush would have her warmly reminded of her duties. I am less inclined, of course to bend her over a cannon. But still ripping my hair out.

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phyncke
Mar. 4th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
If this is evidently a dog she wanted and begged to have, I might tell her that perhaps the dog should be given to someone who cares about it enough to feed it properly and take care of it the right way? LOL. I don't know... what does it take to put kibble in a bowl?
eglantine_br
Mar. 4th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
No. The dog belongs to all of us. I don't know what she was thinking-- but dog was in no danger of going hungry for real.
anteros_lmc
Mar. 4th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh dear poor Hazel! I stil can't help giggling though! You could always threaten to give daughter dog food for dinner instead of asparagus... ;)
eglantine_br
Mar. 4th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Now there is a thought!
mylodon
Mar. 5th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
How does she best respond? Can you do it with humour - tell her a story about the poor dog was beside himself with the lack of proper grub, how he tried the asparagus but it turned his wee green, etc. Or would that just go over her head? In which case you might just forget to feed her one night and see how she feels...
eglantine_br
Mar. 5th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
It is handled now. Humor, and 'why would you do such a ridiculous wrong thing?' Dog accepted her apology. Dog was fed appropriately and bathed in treats.

Dog, btw does like many strange human foods. Cashews, tea, marshmallows, things like that. But asparagus was a step too far.
rikibeth
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
*boggles*

Asparagus. Which, around HERE, is a rare treat for the humans, not to be given to unappreciative dogs even if we had any.

What is this I don't even!
eglantine_br
Mar. 5th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Asperagus is a treat for us too. And this was a very good example of its kind. That is why I saved it. I wanted to eat it myself. Of course once Hazel had snuffled all over it, it was less appetizing.

Dog, if not to be given dog food would have been willing to accept a fluffernutter sandwich.
nodbear
Mar. 5th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Esmerelda T doesn't say but I imagine Bartholomew might well nejoy some asparagus with his favourite lamb = they make rather a good team!
And as for Ned = he was known for his fine table in later years = I don't think he would approve of asparagus for an unwilling canine :)
eglantine_br
Mar. 6th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Very true, I am sure. And i am quite sure Susan would have hard words for any young person who wasted food! (Even in my own childhood that was a capital crime.)
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