Don't let the dog eat the bunting - rude or informative?
September 17, 2011 8:35 PM Subscribe
I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable?
posted by FlyByDay to human relations (10 answers total)
I had someone make an AMAZING baby bunting for my brother and SIL's new baby (due next month). It's entirely, beautifully hand sewn, and made exclusively for them. The woman who made it has 4 cats and she's sending it to me to wrap and send. I have two cats. Brother and SIL have a dog. Now, I like dogs, but I notice that some people with dogs seem to, even after years, seem to put their possessions and dogs in proximity which would pretty much guarantee destruction. I have one friend who says that when she bakes, there is not one place in the house where the dogs cannot get to said baked goods. Not the microwave, fridge, no closets or high place. So she's saying the dogs are literally smarter than her, and is apparently ok with this. This baffles me. I have not seen such behavior with my brother and SIL but I do know their dog is crafty and they're constantly having to try to outsmart him from getting into things (usually food). My thought was that I'd let them know that this item was made around cats, and therefore might be more than normally attractive to their dog, and they might want to keep it out of his reach. A friend of mine tells me this is incredibly rude, that this is giving a gift with "instructions". I'm not sure how it's instructing when I'm not commanding them to do something, and instead giving them info they wouldn't otherwise have (this item will have a scent of cat on it), and they can do with that what they want. To me it seems like it's better they have that info than not (before the dog potentially eats it and they don't know why), and I don't understand how that reads as rude. Hence I'm asking you guys. Rude, or helpful info to have? [maybe the answer is just to wash it before I send it, but there may not be time, and I'm still interested in the rude vs. helpful question]