I didn’t get very far when I went to take a walk the other night.
Jessie, my upstairs neighbor’s dog, heard me coming. By the time I got outside, she was waiting for me with a ball in her mouth. So, instead of taking a walk, I spent 30 or 40 minutes playing Fetch with her. It took that long before she worked up a pant.
Jessie used to be a very different dog. When my upstairs neighbor was still married, his wife would yell at her in harsh tones — it seemed constantly. Back then, she was a very shy, very skittish dog.
The wife is long gone these days and Jessie is much more relaxed. I imagine she is even cheerful. So, I sometimes wonder — if harsh tones can make a dog that nervous — what can they do to a child?