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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Most Annoying - Dogs or Kids?

Dragon mentioned in the topic below that he found a kid's crying more tolerable than a dog's barking.

I on the other hand, am right in saying that a kid's crying or whining or temper tantrum is FAR FAR more grating on the ears and nerves than a barking dog. I hear that first whine or scream in Wal-Mart or a restaurant and I can literally feel my blood pressure fly through the roof like a rocket.

In France, a very dog-friendly place, dogs are allowed in a lot of restaurants. I'll tell you--I'd love that, because you know if a dog misbehaves, the owner would ask the people and dog to leave, but with whining kids, no one says anything! And other diners have their meals ruined.

Now, there are some parents who remove the kids when they act up in such places, but many sit there assuming the rest of the world has learned to tune it out as they have learned to do.

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if someone opened a restaurant with a child-free section. The business would BOOM.

And I'd also love to see more places where one could bring a dog--a well-behaved one, of course.

So, which grates on your nerves most? Barking or screeching, sniveling, crying, screaming and whining?

As to barking, some barks are more annoying that others, but I'll listen to that for hours over one minute of crying.

Photo above is Albert, who was rescued by a Leaf-Chronicle employee who found him in the middle of a busy street. He is less than a year old, very sweet and a beagle/basset mix. If you are interested in adopting him, or know someone who might be, contact Inge Irby at Second Chance Happy Tails, 503-8300. Or visit her Web site at:

Oh, and there was another great letter to the editor in the paper today, about Vick. Read it online if you missed it!

posted by Sandy at 8/29/2007 05:27:00 PM


Blogger Adrienne said...

DOGS DOGS DOGS all the way! After running a daycare for a number of years, I can't stand the sound of a bratty child. I have gone as far as telling people to get there child under control and stop inflicting there bad behavior upon the rest of us. It doesn't always go over very well, but at least it usually imbaresses them enough to deal with the kid.

On a side note... Sandy please let the shelter know that puppy is a pure bread and not a mix. There is no basset in there at all.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 6:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That's what I thought, but Inge said when you see him stand that he has those basset legs that are sort of crooked, which a beagle doesn't have. He's probably 3/4 beagle and 1/4 basset.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Albert reminds me of one of our pets we had as children. His name was Barney but he had a short lived life due to us careless kids and a van going down the street! Ah, the lesson we learned that day! No more outside pets from that day on....

I will take barking dogs any day over screaming bratty kids! Don’t get me wrong, I love well behaved kids but I don’t take kindly to bratty ones in public places. There is nothing more infuriating then trying to have a nice dinner in a restaurant and a kid screams for attention the entire time. Well, I for one don’t care to hear it scream, cry or whine nor do I care to see the snot coming out of its face either! Take that kid home until it knows how to act in public! And I despise the selfish parents that have crying kids in a store as they shop when it is obvious the child is tired and wants to be home in bed! I have heard this one time and time again after a child says, “Mommy I want to go home” Mom says, “In a minute honey, mommy is not finished shopping”! Arggggg…. I want to yank mommy’s head off her shoulders and tell her to listen to her kid! After all, it is not the child’s fault, but bad parenting in my book!

Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

What about the parents that decide they need the attention more than the child and proceed to beat the snot out of them in front of God and everybody? Usually the kid hasn't done anything, but the sreaming and shouting form the parent is ten times more temper turning than the kid who just got the p*ss scared and beat of him.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Albert is so cute--I wish I had a bigger house and another set of hands--I'd take him in a sec--But the Klutz told me he'd strangle me if I ever said anything else about bringing anymore animals in. But he's right. Hines is fitting in great, but with four of them running around, I admit we could not properly care for any more. SOOOO I dream of the day the lottery falls into my lap,and I can be Ellie May, bringing home as many as I please to live in my mansion and swim in the cement pond!

Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Ah, B when you get that cement pond, I will be in it on these hot hazy days of summer! I will be in that pond keeping those critters company! I just adored Ellie Maes love of the animals. I think we all have a bit of Ellie Mae in us where the critters are concerned…

Okay, the Klutz may be upset you brought another critter into the fold but he sure was hanging onto that baby when Hines needed it last Friday night! Tee Hee…. I think if we all had the room and ability, we would be over run with animals!

Thursday, August 30, 2007 1:19:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Alice, How is Amiee Dog Princess doing today?

Thursday, August 30, 2007 1:32:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

I much prefer barking over whining. The dogs usually are barking at something. Kids just whine because they want something, anything!

Aimee, dog princess, is doing well so far. She has been keeping her food in, eats Hill's k/d twice a day. It's kind of gummy I think. She does that thing where she keeps licking like when you give a dog peanut butter and they lick and lick and lick and lick...

I hide her pills in a tiny ball of cat food, her favorite thing in the world. She doesn't seem to notice the pills. She is still active and interested in things but it's still early innings. The vet said it could be a couple of months before she really starts to decline IF she has the autoimmune thing. IF it's a bacterial infection she still has a few days of antibiotics to get through. She DOES seem to be more eager to eat her meals... unless she LIKES the k/d and can't wait for more. I add a tablespoon of rice to it to give it a little more texture. We are watching her protein intake cartefully as that makes her kidneys work too hard and if they are already compromised could be too much for them.

Anyway, so far so good. We are VERY cautiously optomistic.

She did have a scary moment this morning... she was laying in her bed and her new Queen dog tag that I got from the HS here got caught in one of the fibers. She was standing looking at me with a mortified look on her face with this doggie pillow dangling from her neck. I tried not to laugh and assured her that her dignity was still intact. Ah... those small moments when a mom and her child connect.

Friday, August 31, 2007 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

I am so glad Aimee is doing well and feeling good. I had been wondering about her also.

Even tho I have kids and love them, I still think a whining kid is more annoying. Altho I am fortunate that none of my neighbors have outside barking dogs or I might change my mind. I love the classic Seinfield where Elaine has the little neighbor dog that keeps barking and waking her up. Anyone else a Seinfeld fan and remember that episode?

Friday, August 31, 2007 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hi Alice, so happy to hear Aimee is doing better and still praying for it to just be a bacteria. That K/D is good stuff and will help if it is the kidneys. Hang in there we are all praying and rooting for you guys.

Saturday, September 01, 2007 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

On the whinning kids thing, well my grandkids would never whine in public thats for sure. They know what they would get! They really are well behaved kids. That being said of course they ahve thier days, they are normal healthy kids and sometimes they will fight or act up but when they are told to straighten up they do it. They just wouldn't dare act up in public.
Fly Boy and I almost left The Macaroni Grill a few months ago because of some screaming bratt. We had just sat down to order. We were making comments to the waiter that we were going to leave and he said well, if they don't shut the kid up or leave I'll go talk to them but luckily the mother had the good sense to take the kids and leave. There is no excuse for parents to let kids act up and not teach them better!
On the other hand I don't wnat to listen to a barking dog for a long time either, they need to learn to behave too. Like Hines did the other night. He was looud and letting us know he was there for sure but once he got used to us being there he was a perfect little gentleman.
Kids and animals need to be taught how to behave.

Saturday, September 01, 2007 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Is there an update on Albert???
Does he possibly have a new home???

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 1:39:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

He's still waiting for a home. Sniff

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

That is not what I wanted to hear this morning!
Wiping tearing eyes....

Tell me something good....

Thursday, September 06, 2007 8:52:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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