Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sharing hard to do

I know that there are plenty of people out there who have two or more dogs and do just fine with it. I in fact grew up with two dogs. For some reason I have such a hard time with it. Not with the care and the mess and all that stuff. The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. I have a case of the guilts. A big fat case of the guilts. I always feel like I'm giving love to one more than the other or giving more treats to one. It doesn't help that Cody knows how to play me like a fiddle. I swear that dog knows how to make his eyes look mopey. Scientists say it's impossible. I say HAH! Try living with a spoiled dog. I know it's stupid, but sometimes I feel like I'm giving Cody the shaft for my fosters or vice versa. DH thinks I'm ridiculous and that I'm "projecting." Maybe. Or maybe not. Cody is just so emotionally attached to me and is emotional period. One wrong move and he can be thrown into an emotional fit sometimes. I'd really rather not have to send my dog to the therapist's couch. It's enough that I end up there. They'd REALLY think I was crazy if I started sending my dog too. Balancing the love for more than one dog leaves me in awe of people like Patience who has 9. 9! Now that's courage.


Patience-please said...

Ha! Love is not a finite, measurable "thing". Or it would get used up. My limit is nine, I know that, and at nine, everyone gets attention, private time, walks, nails done, teeth brushed, etc. and if you want to talk flinging pooh!!! Treats are easy: chronological order, oldest to youngest, always. No one is left out; every one knows the order.
But none of that matters. The only thing that matters is what feels right to you!

all the best-

Ms. Florida Transplant said...

I remember when I was young I had anxiety about getting a 3rd dog because I was afraid of not having enough hands to pet them all at the same time. I'm sure you have MORE than enough love to go around. While Cody may get jealous, I doubt he thinks you're neglecting him. Learning to share you is a good thing for him!