@Kate Baum@facebook Thanks Kate! Appreciated! :)
@Regina Small I agree, that does sound more reasonable. I wish the heading of this article wasn't "Never, Ever Split Custody of a Dog", though.
@FloffMe I didn't really understand this, either. It seems to me like Polly had a tumultuous, troubled relationship with someone who had joint custody of a dog, and has a good, solid relationship with someone who has joint custody of his kid. Then she extrapolated from this: dog joint custody bad, kid joint custody good.
I think it depends far more on the individuals involved.
I have my own bias: I share custody of my dogs with my ex, have been for about seven months. We get along, we both love the dogs, and neither of us would be willing to give them up. The dogs seem happy at both our places. My ex and I have to schedule things with each other (I know I'm taking them while he recovers from LASIK surgery, he knows he's taking them when I am on vacation, stuff like that), but we're mature and not trying to stalk each other or get back together, and it's been fine. I'm dating someone else, he's been dating someone else, no drama, and no fighting about two dogs we both love. Although I didn't want to be with my ex anymore, he's a good guy and I wouldn't want to take the dogs from him. He feels the same about me.
It's about the individuals. I don't think blanket statements work.
This situation the letter writer describes sounds messy, but still, no blanket statements.
Wow, I read half of that going "There was a lot I didn't know about Edie Sedgwick! When will they mention the Warhol stuff?" I am embarrassed, but also excited to learn about a writer I've never heard of!
@Werner Hedgehog I think the question is like "help, I'm sad, what can I do so I am not so sad?"