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Dogs and height 
30th-Nov-2007 12:25 am
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This mock is about  a year old but I've been meaning to post it and given the way the community tends to have bursts of stupid, I figured I'd toss mine in too!

First off, the back story.  I have a disease called Brittle Bone Disease and I'm only 3 feet tall, but I get around really well using a crutch.  I also have a service dog.  A golden retriever named Sunny.   This stupid happened at Meijer (for those of you not from Michigan, Meijer is similar to Walmart but minus the evil and corruption).  Sunny attracts a lot of attention when we go places and this particular day was no exception.  I was with my friends grocery shopping when I heard a little girl, probably 3 or 4 years old, yell out to her mother, "Mommy! A DOG!" 
After the mother acknowledged the little girl and agreed that yes, that was a dog, the girl noticed me.  The following exchange occurred:

Girl:  Why is she short? 

Mother:  Because she has a dog. 

The toddler, being smarter than her mother, obviously found this answer confusing because she asked the question again.

Girl:  Mommy!  Why is she so short??

Mother: (more forcefully) Because she has a dog!

At this point, I , who had been minding my own business up until this point, had to turn away because I was laughing.  My friends also had the same problem so we left the mother and her now permanently misinformed child to fend for themselves.  Seriously, last time I checked dogs were not a factor in determining height. 
2nd-Dec-2007 05:50 am (UTC)
...That is amazing. xDDDDD
2nd-Dec-2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Great icon!
2nd-Dec-2007 05:54 am (UTC)
That little kid is going to be scratching her head over that one for ages.
2nd-Dec-2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Maybe this was a ploy to scratch "a puppy" off the little girl's Christmas list permanently?
2nd-Dec-2007 06:42 am (UTC)
That's what I was thinking. Cruel though. I wonder how long until (if ever) it takes the little girl to figure out the cold, hard truth... That having a dog doesn't make you short, it's tolerating gays/muslims/blacks/girls/and people who drive Daewoos.
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2nd-Dec-2007 06:02 am (UTC)
I can actually see the woman's logic, but really, you have a *dog* because of the condition that made you *short*, obviously.
2nd-Dec-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
That's what I was thinking too.

Although, really, comments like the one that woman made really bug me. Is it really that difficult to say something along the lines of how some people are born with genes that make them shorter (or taller or whatever it may be in that case) and sometimes they have service animals to help them out?

Maybe she was afraid that you overheard her kid's question, and she was embarrassed and became so uncomfortable that she gave whatever answer she thought would make her kid shut up the fastest.

And as an aside, I have a cat. What height should I be because I have a cat?
2nd-Dec-2007 06:07 am (UTC)
I wonder if it's proportionate.

I mean, my dog was 26" at the shoulder, and I'm 5'3"... if he were bigger, would I be shorter?

2nd-Dec-2007 11:01 am (UTC)
I'm left wondering how tall i'd be if i didn't have a dog, since i'm already 5'6" (and female) and my dog is huge (82 lbs).

see, thank you, stupid woman in michigan, you've informed me of my true status as the jolly green giant's sister. you've changed my life.

oh my.
2nd-Dec-2007 06:16 am (UTC)
Ah, Meijer. I used to go to one in Indiana that gave mechanical pony rides for a penny (probably not anymore). But, aww, that poor child.
2nd-Dec-2007 06:45 am (UTC)
The one I work at still does. (I tend to carry a few pennies to work in my pockets to give to parents who no longer carry cash so they can give their kids pony rides.)
2nd-Dec-2007 06:24 am (UTC)
I just hope that the child doesn't accept that as truth.
2nd-Dec-2007 06:25 am (UTC)
Maybe that would it explain why I'm the shortest one in my family, because I have a dog! God, it all makes sense now!! XD

So... are blind people blind because they have seeing eye dogs?

Although, the mother may have know that was not in fact the answer, she was just one of those parents who didn't want to explain things to her daughter and "Because she has a dog" really meant "because I said so, that's why." It was still a stupid answer though.
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2nd-Dec-2007 06:38 am (UTC)
Heh I agree. It would make sense that the Mother had no idea how to answer without sounding horrible.

But, as someone who has witnesssed friends with small children, I count vouch for the fact that some parents would try to explain as best they could.
2nd-Dec-2007 06:45 am (UTC)
I thought at first this was going to end up with the kid harassing your dog while she was working. I'm very glad that this was not the case, as I've seen far too many people do that sort of thing.
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2nd-Dec-2007 06:56 am (UTC)
I know! It's better than lying to the child!
2nd-Dec-2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Hmm... I have a friend who is a little over 4 feet tall, and she has 3 dogs. Maybe I should warn her not to get another dog! XD
2nd-Dec-2007 08:05 am (UTC)
2nd-Dec-2007 08:31 am (UTC)
It's amazing what awful things people will tell their kids to encourage misunderstanding and intolerance (okay, so they might not THINK that's what they're doing, but...)

A few years ago, my little brother (would've been about 4 then) ran up to a man in a wheelchair and asked why he was in the wheelchair. My mom caught up with my brother and told him it was rude to do that and how would he feel if someone asked why his hair was blonde. Anyway, the man jumped in and said it was okay, explained his story in kid-language to my brother. Then he told my mother he'd much rather people asked than jump to conclusions, offering this example:

A man and his son had walked by him. The son asked "Daddy, why is that man in a wheelchair?" The dad replied "That's what happens to people who do bad things."

That kid's now stuck going through life with some messed-up idea about wheelchairs. Meanwhile, my kid brother ... doesn't.
2nd-Dec-2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is so scary that someone would think that, or if they don't believe it themselves would tell that to their child. How sick. I too prefer when children ask me questions because despite the fact that I've had this disease my whole life you never really get used to staring or pointing. But when kids ask questions (even to their parents, except when their parents fuck it up) I know they are learning something from it.
2nd-Dec-2007 08:40 am (UTC)
A college roommate I had told me a story about her punk days when she had shaved her head. A little kid asked her mom, "Why is that lady bald?" My roommate took the kid aside and said, "Because I have cancer." Evil!
2nd-Dec-2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
reminds me of a "god gave evil people tattoos so you could recognize them" post i saw - don't remember if it was in this community or in an other one
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