Dear Kid,

Puppy: Mom. I need to talk to you.
Me: Ok, just give me a few minutes.

The Puppy climbed up into my lap and stared straight into my eyes.

Puppy: Now.
Me: Now is good.
Puppy: I think there’s something wrong with me.
Me: Where? Where does it hurt? Let me see your tummy. Does your tummy hurt?
Puppy: Not that kind of wrong.
Me: Do you want to tell me about it?
Puppy: No. Yes. No. I think so. I’m confused.
Me: Sometimes if you’re confused about something it helps to talk about it.
Puppy: Is it wrong that I am friends with a cat?
Me: Why would you think that?
Puppy: Roxie says dogs are supposed to chase cats not be friends with them.
Me: What do you think?
Puppy: Well, I like Cobra.
Me: You and Cobra the Cat have been friends for a long time.
Puppy: But I’m friends with Roxie too.
Me: And it matters to you what Roxie thinks?
Puppy: Well, kind of…what do you think?
Me: I think maybe it matters more what you think.
Puppy: I want to be friends with everyone!
Me: That’s a really nice idea.
Puppy: What if Roxie teases me?
Me: It can be hard if someone (somedog?) teases you, can’t it?
Puppy: I don’t like being teased.
Me: Does Roxie tease you often?
Puppy: No…just today about being friends with a cat.
Me: I see.
Puppy: So what do I doooooooo?
Me: Please don’t howl in my ear.
Puppy: Sorry. But this is very hard.
Me: I know, honey. But I think you and Roxie are good enough friends that you can explain to her.
Puppy: Explain what?
Me: Well, I think you can explain that you’re friends with Cobra. And you can also explain that you don’t like when Roxie teases you about being friends with a cat.
Puppy: Because I like cats.
Me: Because you like cats.
Puppy: Meow.
Me: That doesn’t really work for you.
Puppy: Woof?
Me: Be you.
Puppy: Scratch my tummy?
Me: You got it.

Love, Mom

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