My 7 year old hates the police now. What do I do? Update in Red
First, thank you so much to all of you who were supportive! Everyone one else,
kiss my butt *Ahem* I mean thanks for bumping my thread ;-)
I talked to dd today. Well basically I lied to her... I told her that I called the animal police again and the officer said he was so sorry Emily got hurt. That the man was very wrong but sadly because of the law there's nothing he can do. He said to buy her a special leash (A tie out lead line) so she can still be in yard but be safe. Kind of like a life jacket. That way, if anyone were to try to hurt her again, he would come out and take care of it for sure! He wanted her to know that officers are still the good guys and to please give a wave when she sees them around. (She used to love waving at them)
After talking to her, I could see the relief on her face. She just nodded her head and said okay. Then we went out today and bought two 15 ft lead lines so the girls can still go potty outside "leashed" Always supervised of course.
A few days ago our dog was attacked by our neighbor. (Full story here)
I of course called the police who referred me to ASPCA. After telling them the story, I was told that the man was within his rights. If anything I might be fined for not leashing the dogs in my own courtyard. I was so upset. I still am.
The kids asked what the police were going to do. I told them that because Emily wasn't wearing a leash, it wasn't illegal for the man to hurt her. The only way we can protect her is keep leashes on them whenever we leave the house. MZCMy kids were angry. 7yo dd especially so. She said, "But it was wrong for him to hurt Emily." "Why aren't they doing anything?" Then she went on a long rant about how unfair it was. That the police were wrong and how would they feel if their dog was hurt? She says she hates the police now and I don't want that.
What it comes down to is morality verses legality. How do I teach that to my daughter when I don't always understand it myself?