You know what’s kind of shocking? How much a dog and a toddler are alike. Our new dog isn’t even a puppy (so claims the Humane Society anyway), and I still find her actions and the Noodle’s to be horrifyingly similar.
They both have impulse control issues. They both need to be taught the rules about where and when to go to the bathroom–and until they learn those rules, they both have restrictions about what they can and can’t do. They both mouth everything in their path. They are both lovable…and totally infuriating.
Let’s take a look into some of the things that were said this past week–can you tell which ones were said to the dog and which were said to the kid?*
“Don’t chew on that ball! That’s not your ball!”
“Don’t chase the cat!”
“Who eats books?”
“That’s my straw! No straws for you!”
“Just don’t poop on the floor.”
“Don’t slobber on me! I just changed for work!”
“Don’t put your foot in the water bowl!”
“What are you eating? Did you get that off the floor?”
Oh man, what have we done?
*trick question–we said all that to both the kid and the dog at some point!