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Old 11-23-2006, 06:07 PM
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Question Do you love one of your dogs..

.. more than the other? For multi-pupper owners or even for people who have had other dogs in the past..

I'm not sure if I actually love one more than the other.. but I get a stronger feeling of love for Squid than I do for Tiki.. and I feel bad about it! When I got Tiki 3 years ago I felt like she was the best dog ever.. like no other dog would ever make me as happy as her.. and I don't think Squid has replaced that.. I think it's just different..
Like when I look at him all curled up sleeping I just get this happy, proud, attached feeling to him that I don't get with Tiki.. I thought I got that feeling with Tiki until Squid came into the picture..

I know I don't LOVE Squid more than Tiki.. maybe it's just a different feeling cause I've raised Squid from 3 and 1/2 weeks of ago.. Tiki was 3 or 4 when I got her.. I guess it's just a different kind of bond..

Anyone else know what I mean and/or relate?
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:14 PM
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Yep...I know how you feel!

I love Major but he is not MY dog...Lizzie is MY dog and I have a STRONG bond with her and she really is my heart dog! I love her more than I love him but I still love him it is just a have a stronger love with her!
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:15 PM
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I can't relate because I have only ever had Casey. But I do know she is my heart dog and if I was to get another dog know my feelings for him would not be as 'strong' as those for Casey. Just remember there are many different levels of love .
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:19 PM
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I can't relate because I have only ever had Casey. But I do know she is my heart dog and if I was to get another dog know my feelings for him would not be as 'strong' as those for Casey. Just remember there are many different levels of love .
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:31 PM
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Tango is the only one who truly belongs to me, so yes, I love her way more than the others and have a much stronger bond with her. This is going to sound absolutely awful to a lot of you I'm sure, but I really don't have much of a bond with the other dogs. I do love certain things about them, and if something were to happen to them, yes I'd miss them. I hope that makes sense and doesn't make me sound like a horrible person...I guess it's just different if you actually spend time with, raise, and train a dog. I help out with the others, but apart from that, I rarely even ever see them...they're always with someone else in the family.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:32 PM
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I know and can back you up that there are different types of love.

Not that I love one over the other, I just love them in different ways.

For example, Luke, our first dog had a great bond with me. He was like a 'father' to me, and was forever watching out for me. He was SO loyal to his family. For example, my little brother would go to bed first. Luke would lie at the foot of his bed, keeping him warm and 'protecting' him. As soon as my brother fell asleep, he would come into my room (as I was the next to go to bed) and do the exact same thing. Once I was asleep, he would move to my parents room and lay at the foot of their bed.
He was very sweet and SO tolerant of me grabbing his ears and pulling his tail . However, if someone where to threaten my or a weirdo to come too close he would pull out his teeth and let them know that if they didn't back up, they would get a faceful of teeth.

Tucker on the other hand, is much more submissive and less protective. I KNOW I am in charge and am the one protecting him from the evil kitty next door ( ). He always comes to me when he is scared and looks to me for direction in situations in which he is unsure of what to do. He has a much better working bond with me then Luke did.

Nevertheless, I love each equally and wouldn't change a hair on their body.

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Old 11-23-2006, 06:32 PM
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I don't think I love one *more* than the other but it would be fair to say I love them differently, they are such different dogs. I also think there are some typical differences between the different genders and therefore how we feel about them.

I tend to feel more protective of Sammy. He is so ridiculously sweet and just wants to be GOOD and do a job RIGHT. He worries if he thinks he hasn't done something right. He is also so very tolerant and polite with both people and other dogs. He isn't super cuddly though- even though he is very devoted and loyal- he is sort of a lay at your feet at night type of guy.


Rosie is such a hard driving, enthusiastic dog, when she is working/competing people tend to gather round and watch. She is the one people ask about.(the one Dr2 wanted to steal) She just oozes a love of life and love of everything she does. She is joy embodied. She is also a huge cuddler, lover of children and tries to get in the middle of everything. As much as a adore her and feel she is a once in a lifetime dog, the perfect aussie etc I don't think I feel the same connection with her as I do with Sammy. I think if I died he would be beside himself and mourn/fret for weeks - if she was rehomed with nice people who looked after her well, she get over it in three days
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:33 PM
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Not one more than the other, but in a different way. I have a different relationship with Ripley than I do with Dakota.

Ripley isn't my dog anymore. Something happened along the way and he bonded exclusively with my mother. My mom walks into the room and he just lights up. He doesn't do that with me. I still love him and he still loves me, but he's not mine anymore. Because of that, I don't spend as much time with Ripley since he's usually with mom. I still feed/groom/exercise/train him but he spends most of his time with her and sleeps with her at night. I still love him dearly and still think of him as my baby (and he still eats up the attention and spoiling I give him) but his heart does not belong to me.

Dakota is completely, exclusively mine. It probably does seem like I love him more because he's always glued to my side. I don't own him either, it's more of a partnership. We're totally wrapped up in each other. My relationship with Dakota is deeper than my relationship with Ripley, I think mainly because Dakota and I work together on a daily basis. For a long time I relied on Dakota to get a job done, and we've had to build a better understanding of one another in order to communicate clearly in agility.

it isn't so much about love, because I love both of my dogs dearly. I think for me it's more about the connections I have with each dog, and I definitely have a stronger connection with Dakota.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:43 PM
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My-oh-MY, that is a rather difficult question. I try to share my love equally among all my dogs, though I must admit, those that have been abused do receive a bit more TLC.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:55 PM
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I do gravitate toward Lilly much more than I do toward Radar. I just feel like I am more tightly bonded to her. Now I fell terrible admitting this, and I would never say it anywhere but here, but I actually loved one of our shelter dogs more then both of them. She was truely my heart dog and Idon't think I'll ever bond to another dog as tightly as I did to her. We ended up having to have her PTS but I loved her dearly.
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