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Parenting Imperfect

February 2, 2013

The dog is a getting to be an expert at training


I’ve grown convinced that the best way to fight crime is to give everyone a dog. With that may people out on the streets, watching and walking, it would be hard for anything to go unobserved. 

I suspect there’d be unintended consequences, however. The city’s budget for those blue plastic waste disposal bags would skyrocket, if nothing else.

There is a downside, of course. In addition to the kids’ debris, our floors are frequently littered with parts of livestock. Pig ears are a particular favorite. But at any given moment there can also be antlers and hooves and “bully sticks” scattered both thither and yon.

For the record, stepping on a partly chewed chunk of rawhide in the middle of the night is no less unpleasant than stepping on a Lego under the same conditions. One is simply slimier.

Adrienne Martini is a freelance writer, instructor at the State University College at Oneonta, mom to Maddy and Cory, wife to Scott, and author of “Sweater Quest.” Her columns can be found at

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