Actually, I don't hate animals, I hate having animals. difficult child went out to the garage to find his hat in the van. Puppy started whining because not only did easy child just leave but difficult child went out a door without her. I yelled for puppy to be quiet and then said that I hated having a dog and that was why I didn't want one. difficult child's friend H who is over went into the kitchen and when difficult child returned into the house told him quietly what I said. difficult child replied, "Oh she says that all the time. She doesn't like pets. She has a mental problem." H answers, "I thought dogs were suppose to help people with mental problems." Doesn't seem to be helping whatever mine is! I think I am REALLY happy that easy child is gone (N came to door this time) and the boys took puppy outside. QUIET - PEACE & QUIET!