November 15, 2005

The Talk

We've never had The Talk About You Know What with The Boy. I've explained things a bit here and there, but not in great detail or with much specificity. I think The Boy may be ready for a bit more.

We were talking the other day when he asked whether The Evil Dog we once owned that bit him had been a girl dog. I said yes and then he asked why she'd had an operation (How do they remember these things? That was over two years ago.). I told him she'd had some girl parts removed so that she couldn't have puppies.

"But," asked the inquisitive one, "how can a dog have babies when dogs can't get married?"


And what did you say???

Posted by: chris at November 16, 2005 08:06 AM

Something along the lines of, "Dogs can have puppies even without getting married." Nothing too exciting. I'm contemplating what I should have said.

Posted by: Jordana at November 16, 2005 12:30 PM

- Where do you think puppies come from, the puppy mill?
[Then you would have to explain a puppy mill!]

I would guess that quite a few youngsters learn about birthing through their pets. I can remember seeing the family cat go through that when I was 8-9 years old. While the experience can be very valuable, you then have a problem with getting rid of puppies or kitties.

Posted by: MarcV at November 16, 2005 03:31 PM