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Old 03-31-2013, 05:06 PM
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As I was saying in the other thread, it took me ages with Abby. We went through a very difficult patch with me trying to come to terms with her reactivity and certain challenging behaviours.

Having said that, there was never any doubt in my mind that she was my girl. Her home was always going to be here with me. Our relationship did blossom between 18 months and 2 years. I cannot explain how special and gratifying it was to get to that point.

There's lots of things I love about this dog and lots of things I don't. She is not anything like Grace, who is so very easy to love (and she is far from perfect). I knew though from day one that I wasn't getting another Grace. In fact I didn't want another Grace. I wanted another dog to share my life with and that's the exciting thing about relationships with others. They are all so very different.

I'm only going by what my experiences are, but even though I struggled and it was difficult, I shed a lot of tears and went through a lot of stress... I never thought about rehoming Abby. The idea of losing her was extremely upsetting. I would've no sooner rehomed Abby than Grace and I was (and still am) head over heels in love with Grace.

So there was a bond there for sure. It wasn't anything like it is now, but it was there.

So maybe you should let yourself consider rehoming. The humane transfer of animals is no problem to me, as long as they go to homes that are better suited to the current home. Of course it's not easy, but it's not the end of the world.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:17 PM
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Though over the years every now and then I have a fleeting thought of rehoming them to "better fit" homes, I love them with all my heart and couldn't be without them. So for them, we do other stuff that doesn't frustrate one another.
This is me with Pepper too. I might be able to find her a "better fit" home but, um, no, she's mine LOL.
But yeah, I have had to adjust how I do things with Pepper. I'm strongly considering stopping agility training with her because it's just not going well for her. I know the expectation was that she was going to be an agility dog but... I don't know.
The other day I was like "Pepper, what kind of sport can we play that doesn't involve other dogs, or other people?" And I stared at her and she stared at me, and I said "...being cute." That is Pepper's sport. Being cute. Snuggling is her job. She's good at it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:52 PM
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The other day I was like "Pepper, what kind of sport can we play that doesn't involve other dogs, or other people?" And I stared at her and she stared at me, and I said "...being cute." That is Pepper's sport. Being cute. Snuggling is her job. She's good at it.
Haha, that's Abby's job! And luckily for her, she is really, really good at it... And being the guinea pig for trick training and agility/obedience/rally-o bits and pieces. My cute guinea pig dog.
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This is me with Pepper too. I might be able to find her a "better fit" home but, um, no, she's mine LOL.
But yeah, I have had to adjust how I do things with Pepper. I'm strongly considering stopping agility training with her because it's just not going well for her. I know the expectation was that she was going to be an agility dog but... I don't know.
The other day I was like "Pepper, what kind of sport can we play that doesn't involve other dogs, or other people?" And I stared at her and she stared at me, and I said "...being cute." That is Pepper's sport. Being cute. Snuggling is her job. She's good at it.
Nosework sounds like it would be a good fit for her.
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This is me with Pepper too. I might be able to find her a "better fit" home but, um, no, she's mine LOL.
But yeah, I have had to adjust how I do things with Pepper. I'm strongly considering stopping agility training with her because it's just not going well for her. I know the expectation was that she was going to be an agility dog but... I don't know.
The other day I was like "Pepper, what kind of sport can we play that doesn't involve other dogs, or other people?" And I stared at her and she stared at me, and I said "...being cute." That is Pepper's sport. Being cute. Snuggling is her job. She's good at it.
Yes ... Yes she is.

That's josefina's job too lol kidding ... She loves to "work" & learn new stuff
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Funny enough I was tempted to make a sort of similar thread not too long ago in regards to Joey.

I LOVE him dearly don't get me wrong and I'm not rehoming him... but the bonding part has been a little source of frustration and I honestly think a lot of it is because Cricket sort of holds that high standard for me when it comes to dogs and I catch myself comparing him to her way too much which is not fair to him at all.

With Bamm we bonded almost instantly it seems. After only having him for a week people said we looked like he had been in my life forever since he glued himself to me so quickly.

Cricket did take a little time, but not much and I feel more closely bonded to her than any of of my other dogs. She was my perfect match (even though she isn't perfect and has her own minor issues). Seriously... words can not even explain just how appreciative I am that she ended up in RD's life and that RD trusted me enough to take care of her for the rest of her life.

With Joey... I adore him and adore his quirkiness even though Josh gets annoyed with that about him. We have our moments where he doesn't care to be near me or do anything with me and that frustrates me a little, but then he'll have his moments where he is upset if he isn't near me. Training with him is SO unbelievably frustrating because he lacks the focus I'm used to. He is completely a different type of dog than I'm used to, but I feel I need to give us more time and that as long as I start to really truly see him for who he is and stop comparing him to Cricket, then we have a real shot at starting to bond more.
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