Lol. Today we had a family get-together in a local park, and were joined by a stray dog. Well I'm a sucker, and he was skinny, and it was a hot Texas day........so yeah, I tossed a burnt hamburger patty his way, and a bite or two of a hot dog, and gave him a good drink of water. (Yeah okay, so that's not healthy--it was the only meal he'd had in a loooong time by the looks of it, and around here...well, not everyone is as generous to stray dogs. Don't jump me and accuse me of trying to kill the dog by giving a strange dog scraps who could quite possibly have a food allergy. If this is your intention then please discontinue reading this post and leave me the hell alone. Thank you.) Ahem...as I was saying, he stuck around the whole time he was there, and he was awful cute. He had the markings and body of a Catahoula, with a Pit Bull head. And a sweetheart! I fell for him. Of course, I couldn't take in another dog, and the shelter was closed. But I decided I'd return tomorrow to check on him, and if he stayed, then I'll keep an eye on him till I can get him to a shelter or a home. Anyway... My cousin's daughter is 3, and very outgoing---to everyone, dogs and people alike. They have a basset hound who happily serves as her pony, and a boxer. So of course, she's used to dogs that don't care about her snuggling them and sitting on them and the like. So when I glanced over to find her with her face leaned on this strange mutt's head, arms around his neck in her very best version of a puppy hug, I freaked. I carefully and calmly pried her away, keeping the dog calm(who was already calm) and telling her, "Hope, don't get in his face honey, he doesn't know you." She stared at me just baffled, shrugged it off and replied, "He doesn't know me???" She stared down at him, and serious as can be, told him, "Well I'm Hope!" and proceded to stroke his ears. I couldn't help but laugh and love the patience of this stray, but cautiously redirected her attention elsewhere just in case. It made my day and our good-natured little friend stayed relatively close while we were there, rewarding me with an appreciative wag of the tail and a kiss for the meal and drink. I just can't understand why some people can abandon or simply not keep up with such wonderful dogs, knowing they can get poisoned, hit by cars, shot, and Lord only knows what else. I was rather surprised by his wonderful personality with a million kids around. Course, I suppose anybody with an empty stomach will be quite friendly when there's a good meal in sight. :dogtongue2: Thanks for the entertainment and looking after the kiddos, my friend.