Hello friends. Our difficult child called me yesterday afternoon. I wasn't able to talk in depth because I was working, but I did get that she was at boyfriend's mom's house. I asked if she was ok, she said yes. She said she'd try to email me, but they'd been having trouble with their email system at work (apparently she still has her job). I never did hear from her last night, so I assumed the email was still down. This morning, I went to a job fair. When I finished, easy child called my cell and said that difficult child was at home. I got on the phone with difficult child, who immediately hit me with, "The apartment maintenance man went in my apartment for no apparent reason and put the dog out on the balcony. She was out there freezing all night." She then went on to tell me that the apartment people were demanding a $300 pet deposit or they were gonna call animal control. She said she didn't have the money (surprise, surprise!) and would I take the dog for a while. I hesitated a little, then said I'd have to check with Daddy. She said she needed to know right then because she couldn't take her back to the apartment, so I caved and said, "Yes, she can stay with us for a little while." (I love the puppy). Next, I asked her if she had any idea how worried we had been when she just disappeared for more than 3 days. She mumbled a very lame, "sorry" (didn't sound sorry, sounded irritated). I then said that I didn't think she sounded very sorry and that I didn't appreciate her lack of consideration for us. She said something about, "I wasn't even really living with you, you just assumed that I had moved back in." I said that that didn't matter, it's wrong not to let your loved ones know what's going on. Well, she didn't want to hear that, so she said, "Forget about taking care of the dog. I don't ever want to talk to you again." and hung up on me. I called back and asked easy child to ask difficult child to leave our house key when she left. When I got home, there was a most lovely note with the house key. "I hope you're f****n happy now. I'm taking the dog to the pound. I don't want you to contact me again." Well, the feeling is mutual. I'm pretty sure that she's using the dog to manipulate me and that she won't take her to the pound. But if she has nowhere else to take it, that may happen... Do ya'll (yes, I'm southern) think it's enabling if I check with the pound over the next week or so and adopt her if she shows up there? Hearthope, I guess I WASN'T joking about getting custody of the puppy in my other post!