"My five-year-old daughter likes to pretend she's a dog on a leash whose name is Gabrielle. Yeah, she has a different name she wants to be called when she's a dog. Is that weird enough for you?
When my oldest was born someone bought us a leash and I put it away. When my daughter was about three she found the leash and insisted on wearing it. A lot of people out there are 'anti-leash' and will let you know it. They glare at you, they say snide things to you and they pretty much think you're a moron who can't parent. When my daughter wore the leash in public, we got even worse looks, because a lot of times she tried to walk on all fours and she'd bark.
She's five now and she can barely do up the leash across her chest, but occasionally she sucks it in and takes the hit. She begs us to walk to her and when we refuse, she holds the end herself and takes herself for a walk." —Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat