Only in America
An Illinois woman was visited by police and investigated by child services for letting her 8-year-old daughter walk the dog around the block. Corey Widen’s ordeal began when a neighbor saw the child walking alone with the dog and called the police. Widen, who was not charged, said she lives on a safe, suburban block. “No one will dictate my parenting choices,” she said.
A Minneapolis company is offering their employees “fur-ternity leave,” to let them work from home while they settle in new pets. “For a lot of people, their pets are their children,” explained Allison McMenimen, vice president at Nina Hale, the marketing company where fur-ternity leave is a formal perk of employment. In New York City, a data company is offering “paw-ternity” leave to employees who adopt a rescue dog.