I decided to look at the factors that were influencing my less then favourable feelings about my angel at times:
-I am always seeing her beside Phod, who is just an easier dog.
-The weather. It has been cold and snowy and really a terrible winter. The weather has limited the time we can spend outside safely. We are not getting enough exercise so this is influencing all our behaviour!
-Work has been crazy busy for me this year. Financially good, but emptying my tank by the end of the day and not giving me the time and energy my girl deserves.
|For saying I am not perfect!|
What I am doing about this:
-Remember my dogs are each individuals with strengths and weaknesses - aka don't compare her to Phod
-Celebrate her angel qualities more often - she is pretty pawsome!
-While I can't totally change the weather (Man says we can't move to a warmer climate) I can make sure we maximize the nicer days and do more training inside when we can't (we have 4200 square feet, we have lots of room)
-More individual time. This is a big challenge for me because I always feel like I am depriving the other, but I am working to make sure Lee gets her own walk (an extra walk as in the morning I don't have time for 2 walks) a couple times a week. Phod can have his own chuck time, so both are happy. We have done this for 2 weeks and I think Lee is really enjoying it. More about that at another post.
-Working to making my work schedule more manageable - this will be a work in progress because no is not a word I am good at saying - but I am starting to create a plan to work only 4 days a week by the end of the year (maybe if I say it out loud enough I will be able to make that happen!)
These changes have started to make our relationship better. We had a wonderful snuggle on the couch last night!
Do you have have days/weeks/moments where loving your dog is harder?