She says it’s normal for her kid to bite my dog

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Amy Dickinson

I’ll be back next week. Today’s “best of” topic from 10 years ago is: “Going to the dogs.”

Dear Amy: My sister recently lost her job. I let her and her 2½-year-old daughter, “Mariah,” move in with me while she gets on her feet.

I have a 9-year-old toy poodle, and he’s gentle and great with children.

The problems began when Mariah started biting the dog.

My sister refuses to do anything about it. She says biting is a normal part of toddler-hood. I know she lets Mariah be rough with him when I’m not around to stop it.


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