29 Apr 2007
We have a battery operated doggie toy. When switched on, it barks and does flips. It is a gift from my friend’s MIL to my infant. Both infant and toddler like playing with it. Toddler likes the toy, but is scared of real dogs. Our neighbor across the street has a Daschund named Padget. Padget hangs out a lot in their front porch. So toddler peeps out of the house, checks if Padget is within eye sight before she ventures out. Though Padget is leashed all times, she is scared. If she sees Padget, she thinks Padget is also looking at her and is out to get her, that her logic.
For the past two days toddler was abusing the toy dog, generally pushing the dog, kicking it like a foot ball, pulling it by the ear and throwing the toy half way across the room..etc.
When ever she abuses her toys I tell her that she has to treat her toys well. Otherwise the toy will break and when she really needs it she can’t play with it. I keep repeating it but she acts as if she has never heard me.
Today, when she threw the dog, I started my usual advice, but stopped and said, “Do you know who this dog is? Its Padget’s friend. If you don’t treat her well, she will tell Padget and Padget will come to our house and ask you why you did this? So be nice to the toy dog”. She immediately stopped what she was doing, picked up the toy, kissed it and said, “Sorry tog*, hele** Amma, put it in my toy box”. It was pretty funny.
Who all thinks me is mean?!!? Come on, I have to some how get back for this folks.
*tog – Dog
** hele – here