(Closed) I don't know if I want to keep my dog.posted 7 years ago in Pets
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water
OP still have a hole in your heart from Clyde. No other dog can fill that hole. It just has to heal on its own. Given time, it will. Leroy will make his own place in your heart eventually. I say give him a chance as well. He looks like a wonderful and happy dog and would easily sneak into your heart.
- 7 years ago
I struggled with some similar issues last year when I decided to adopt my foster cat. She’s a great, special cat, but I had to accept that my bond with her would be different, and learn to give her space to show me who she is and how to love her instead of just assuming she’d be like my other cat. Can you accept that a part of your heart will always hurt for your first dog, but that it doesn’t mean you can’t love Leroy in a different way? Hearts are big, complicated things, and loving Leroy wouldn’t mean you forgot about Clyde – just that you were capable of giving another dog a loving home, and opening yourself to a new bond, whatever that might be.
From the things you said, it’s clear that you do care a lot for Leroy. My guess is that in time you’ll let him into your heart. That’s what happened with me… and as I was typing this answer, my cat came up and jumped into my lap. 🙂
PS – Leroy needs and deserves love, but even parents admit that it’s sometimes easier to love one child more. I wouldn’t worry about your love relative to your love for Clyde. The only relevant question is whether the home you can provide has the love that Leroy needs — not equal or greater love for Clyde, just love for Leroy as he is.
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