Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

Grandpup Wars

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My husband and I adopted our first dog together, and ever since, our parents have battled about who will take care of her when both my husband and I have to be away overnight or longer.

We usually laugh, but sometimes it gets a little weird and it really makes us wonder what it will be like when we have human kids. We’re to the point where we would almost rather pay for kenneling to keep the peace, but that seems like an insult to our parents, doesn’t it? --- PUP’S MOM

DEAR PUP’S MOM: Using a kennel would certainly send a clear message to the competing factions.

However, this could be the perfect time to begin “training” your parents to play nice and share, so that when human grandkids are in the picture, everyone will have a better idea of how things will play out. I’d just recommend trying to be equitable on your end, making sure everyone gets a fair chance, hopefully minimizing any claims of favoritism.

Need advice? Please send your questions to Someone Else’s Mom at AskSomeoneElsesMom@gmail.com.