“Owners” with their Dogs

Unlike the United States, where mothers become apopleptic if a kid runs out of view for a second during an outdoor game of hide-and-seek ( I’ve seen it, utter panic on the face of the Wellesley mom while her child was safely on the other side a tree), and we don’t let them out the door to just find their own play anymore (they have to have scheduled “playdates”, a word that still feels like sandpaper mixed with fish guts in my mouth), Peruvian kids are remarkably unsupervised and independent.
Many of the clients who brought dogs to the little clinic we held the other day were far under the age of giving informed consent. As this wasn’t part of any funded study, and we were helping everyone involved, neither I nor the Peruvians with whom I worked gave it a second thought. (Actually, I did give it a second thought, as evidenced by the this blog post. I have this little loop playing in the back of my mind: Richard, you should have refused to do anything with those dogs until the parents could come! Of course, the parents couldn’t come, which is why the kids were taking care of the matter.)

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2 responses to ““Owners” with their Dogs

  1. WELL DESCRIBED AND WONDERFUL PHOTOS
    AND VERY IMFORMATIVE INFORMATION
    ABOUT CHAGAS DISEASE.
    THANKS RICHARD..

    BACH AND THE VIDEO…..VERY WELL CHOSEN

  2. Richard: You, a free thinker? Providing care to the dogs that are brought in by “underage” owners?
    I did not realize that there is a legal age for owning a dog. I commend your putting health and safety first. I mean, who can imagine a child owning and caring for a dog?

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