- 8 years ago
- Wedding: Private home
As a suprise for my birthday last year, my husband gave me a corgi puppy. Our beloved Eva the Diva is now one year old and we are considering getting her a playmate (we’re looking for an older corgi from a local rescue). I have been responsible for all of her training and socializing, despite having to fight to convice the hubby that she was not going to magically behave on her own and that the cost of training was more than worth it. Hubby is perfectly happy to play with the dog when he’s home, but since he hasn’t been involved in training her, he’s more likely to enforce bad habits (letting her jump on him, over-feeding, etc.). He also gets easily frustrated when she doesn’t do what he wants her too. He refused to walk her after a particular day that she decided she didn’t want to go for a walk when he decided to take her. So now I do all the walking. I can occasionally get him to take her to the dog park, and when I remind him, he remembers to brush her. With harassing, he’ll help me bathe her (she hates baths, it’s definitely a two person job). She also has a chewing problem, particularly if left alone for any length of time. I fought to justify the expense of a crate so that she could quit destroying shoes and anything made of paper. He didn’t give in until she ate a pair of HIS shoes.
We have been very lucky in that my boss has two dogs, a fenced yard and a husband who works from home that is willing to take our dog a few days a week when scheduled get crazy or I just need a break. Unfortunately, my boss’s husband has just been diagnosed with a tumor, and I don’t want to impose on what is sure to be a long and painful recovery period.
Also unfortunately, I am getting to the final stages of my degree and need to spend at least 2 days a week in the library working on various projects. It’s also tax season and my CPA hubby is working 12-15 hour days. Since my boss’s house is out of the question, I approached my hubby about possibly using a doggy daycare service for one of the days I need to be out of the house, just until the end of tax season. He flat out refused!
This is not a huge expense – 18-22$ for a whole day of playing at a location that is convenient to both his office and school. Cost-wise, it’s about equivalent to both of us brown-bagging our lunches/coffees that one day a week. I am really tired of fighting about the dog’s welfare, particularly since my husband refuses to do any of the work with her and often ignores her when he’s home to play video games for hours on end! Heck, half the reason I wanted another dog is so that I won’t have to entertain her constantly.
Any really good arguments, bees?
Head of the class!