A neighbor has a serious alcohol addiction. He has numerous health problems as a result of being shot four times at a domestic disturbance call while on duty with a major city police department years ago.
He has a dog that needs some specific kinds of food, that is expensive, and that buying will cut into his beer money. He wants me to help him with the dog food.
The dog is the victim here. My dilemma is, if I help the dog, I further enable destructive and ongoing behavior. I don’t want to do that.
Hand up or hand out? I will, within reason, help with a hand up. My experience in life has me thinking a hand out just leads to more drama.
I will be appreciative of any constructive advice or examples of what can help from the readers that pass by this blog.