Last Thursday, Lee K. attended a meeting of a 12-step program in central Connecticut, as usual. He enjoyed the cookies there, the friendly people and especially the car ride to and back. He would sit on his pet parent's lap, with his chin on her arm.
But the meeting didn't go as usual. Someone reached over to pet Lee K. close to his mouth. He nipped the hand, breaking the skin ever so slightly. You got the rest: The "trusted servant," as leadership in 12-step programs are called, banned Lee K. from attending meetings in the future.
The solution might be for Lee K. to start a 12-step program for four-footer nippers. Meanwhile he has to figure out how to get through this latest snow storm in New England without engaging in self-destructive patterns of behavior. That will not be easy. So far this winter of The Big Storms he has struggled to find a spot to do his business on ground that is completely snow-covered.