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Dogs are the latest fashion accessories at the school gate. Don’t ask me why, I really don’t get it, and I have no dog because I think that it would be unfair on the poor pet to live in my small house with noisy children. Basically, some mums have started to do the school run with their dogs. And for the record, we are talking about the pick-up and the drop-off here. They could leave them in their Chelsea tractor or tie them to a nearby tree, but no, they take them right in front of the entrance door and kids almost have to walk over them to get inside.

I have nothing against dogs. I just think that a school is mainly for kids, and not a menagerie. And I don’t have any sense of humour before my morning’s coffee  -ask my husband if you don’t believe me!-. In short, barking dogs first thing in the morning don’t make my day.

There is something else. Dogs love me, you see. Worse: they adore me. I don’t know why: I did nothing for this. To make matters even worse I don’t adore them back. It is nothing personal; it is just that, early in the morning, I simply don’t love anyone. I am just trying to get going. In order to show me their love, what do they do? They run to me and start smelling my rear…or my front. Usually, the owner of the dog finds it hilarious.  I don’t, which probably earned me the reputation of a grumpy mum. I have tried to stay away from the dogs, but to no avail.

So what am I supposed to do? Should I complain to the school and ask them to do something about it? I am pretty sure that there are some health & safety rules about the fact that bringing your dog inside the school premises should not be allowed. Am I overreacting? This is probably only a new craze that will eventually fade away. A few years ago, it was all about looking like you were going horse riding. Well, high boots and tight jackets are completely out of fashion now. So, maybe, I should just wait. What would you do?

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