When I was a teenager, I was walking with my dad saw a kid with a harness and said something like "ugh that's disgusting, I'm glad you never did anything like that to me!"
............dad was like... "welll... actually.... "
...it got worse because it ended with "you know that rope we use to tie up the dogs?" 0.0
But he did explain that I walked at 9 months, and they took me camping between a road and a river, so unless someone was actively in charge to following me, they had me tied with the dogs rope, with a few meters to run around, to the tow ball of the car.
Suddenly cute plush toy back packs don't look so bad