:Askance in Poway, Calif.
:Dear Askance:@text1_boldintro\:: You should speak to the store manager and ask why it was permitted, because I was under the impression that health laws do not permit canines inside establishments that sell food — unless they are service dogs. Bruiser might be unwelcome not because of his size, but because there is concern about the breed’s reputation.
Dear Abby:@text1_boldintro\:: I am responding to your answer to “Lost, Alone and Worried in Urbana, Ill.” (Dec. 26), the young girl who is being made to teach her younger, learning-disabled brother how to read. You were right in advising her to talk to her school counselor. However, you should have emphasized strongly to her that it is a MUST.
The school counselor is part of a guidance team that evaluates students with learning differences and strategizes ways to support the student and family. The parents are part of the team and attend meetings requested by the teacher, counselor or the parents themselves. All conversations are confidential.
This may help the sister understand that she will not be blamed for anything. She is in a difficult position, and you were right to suppose that the parents may be frustrated and looking for help.
It may be exactly what this family needs to get back on track.
@text1_boldintro\::Louise B., Elementary School Counselor
:Dear Louise B.:@text1_boldintro\:: I appreciate your input, and I hope the girl who wrote sees your letter.
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