I have been Roger’s canny (canine nanny) since my mom brought him home from the hospital. Besides taking care of him, I have also been his playmate.
Recently Roger has become obsessed with soldiers and war games. Last week he dressed me in a soldier suit and said I was to wear it when we played war. Last week he made me march for two hours in temperatures in the eighties. When I began panting and limping and asked to stop, Roger insisted I keep going. He said that’s how soldiers are trained and become tough.
Yesterday he announced we were going on a longer march next week. I’m considering not going but I don’t know if I’m a woof.
These marches are outrageous and border on animal abuse.
It’s one thing to be a good sport and play the games Roger comes up with. Participating in a game that is dangerous to your health is another.
Where are your parents when Roger is taking you on these death marches?
The lack of parental supervision these days is appalling.
On the day of the march, after Roger dresses you in your uniform, lie down and refuse to get up. If he insists, bark to get your parents’ attention. I hope that once they see what you are wearing, they will understand what Roger is up to and tell him to back off.
© 2022 Geneva Woodruff
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