The birth of your son Jason seemed to rouse the motherly instincts of your dog Tess. She sniffed around him, longing to get that first lick in, and would, when allowed camp by his cot responding to every cry and gurgle.
Tess was forming a strong bond with Jason, one which was reciprocated as Jason became aware. They became constant companions and Tess grew so fiercely protective of Jason that you had to shut her outside when it became necessary to discipline him. Normally you would hand spank his bared bottom, but recently you have acquired a light strap you hold in reserve as a nuclear option.
Tess and Jason love to run and play together on the nearby beach that is reached along a path through a wooded copse and across some dunes. Jason delights in playing hide and seek with Tess, dodging away behind trees or amongst the dunes whenever Tess is distracted.
Nine and a half years and several thousand slurps have gone by and Tess is starting to show her age; her hearing is fading and she is difficult to call back from any distance, also a cataract appears to be forming in one eye. Accordingly you have bought a retractable long lead that you insist Jason keeps on her whenever they are out alone.
Today the pair of them have gone out to play on the beach and after about an hour Tess returns alone. Your wife immediately goes frantic with worry and you take off towards the beach. You haven't gone far when you hear Jasons's panicky voice calling out for Tess. He is fighting back tears and the extending lead is in his hand when you catch up with him to tell him Tess is home. He immediately takes off at a run and when you catch up with him he is by the house, hugging Tess and half crying with relief.
Do you judge Jason has learned his lesson? Or is Tess about to be locked outside whilst you deal with his bottom - and if so what will you use?