Three’s a crowd

Three’s a crowd


Dear Taffy:

My sister and I have a problem. There is this dog (a very big bouncy drool-y dog) that lives down the street from us. She is REALLY annoying – she hops around, literally, for no reason and barks trying to get us to play. She ALWAYS comes up when we are busy outside hunting chipmunks or playing. She also overstays her welcome (which really there isn’t one) and won’t leave until her dad comes calling for her. We’ve told her she bugs us, but she comes over anyway. Any advice on how we can keep her away?

Signed,

Three’s a crowd
Dear Three,

As everyone knows, in all history throughout time eternal, three girls can be challenging. Someone gets jealous, annoyed and/or feels left out. So it is understandable how you and your sister feel. It sounds like you have tried to be honest with her, which is one alternative. Another alternative is to ignore her. Your problem is that you girls LET her annoy you. You continue to give her attention, even though it is negative, which signals to her you are engaging with her. If you ignore her by, for instance, going inside when she comes in the yard, or continuing to hunt without looking or talking to her, odds are she will get the hint. The third alternative, the more mature alternative, would be to realize she is probably lonely, doesn’t have many friends and just wants to be included. If you and your sister take a look at yourselves, I am sure you can find things that are annoying about each other, yet you look over those things and remain friends. Maybe you could apply that same kindness to her. Just maybe, if you include her, she will calm down and quit trying to get your attention in such a festive manner. Your choice which alternative you chose. Just remember, what goes around comes around. Good luck!

Signed,

Taffy

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