The hospital has been a bad influence on Addison in several different ways. First of all, it has hooked her on to Dora and all the annoying music that comes along with it, secondly she enjoys playing with sterile urine sample containers and thinks it’s perfectly normal, and now the Medical Day Unit at BC Children’s has introduced her to the idea of dogs as pets. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised since the first word the Princess uttered was “dog”, but I need to set the record straight – Aaron and I are not pet people. We are both allergic to cats and, to a lesser degree, dogs. We don’t want to deal with the extra responsibilities of having pets (children are a lot of work already, especially Addison). At least babies get toilet-trained and eventually move out. Don’t get me wrong…we love animals and have traveled to exotic places halfway around the world just to see various odd creatures in the wild. But I emphasize the last three words of that sentence – “in the wild”. Not in our house or in our backyard.
Addison simply loves dogs. She has always taken note of them, even from the confines of her stroller. There has been a lot of pointing and gesticulating, but close encounters were not her thing. If anything of a canine persuasion invaded her personal space, the princess broke out in wails. At least until today. Pokey the therapy dog happened to be visiting the MDU when we were there awaiting the flu vaccine and 18-month jab. Within moments, Addison was enthralled. Pokey is a very nice dog and obviously very good with children. He patiently allowed this overenthusiastic toddler to drag him along for a little walkabout. It was pretty entertaining but that will be the closest we get to having a pet. Now it is in writing and out there in cyberspace…sorry sweetheart NO DOGS IN THE HOUSE!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison