Post # 17
I SO RELATE! It was so tough getting used to my FI’s dog. We put the couch pillows down so that she won’t jump up on the couch (she thinks she’s entitled to a soft comfy couch or chair where ever she goes…her big soft, fluffy bed isn’t enough for her). She also just stares at you all the time. You know when you are doing something and you just feel like someone is watching you? I turn around and there she is….expressionless. It’s creepy. She doesn’t sleep either! I joke with Fiance that she never sleeps! She would jump up on the bed and walk all over us if we made ANY movement or sound in the morning. She humped my leg like a maniac everytime I got within arm’s length of Fiance for the first few months (until I finally was able to say no and sort of lightly kick her off). She begged at the table for scraps – going back and forth between people until they gave her something. Sorry, where I come from, the dog eats from her bowl. Yes, treats are given, but in HER bowl. I will not live in a house where I put my food down and turn around for a second to have it gone.
All I can say is – I’m SORRY. It sucks. I”m glad he pays you, but since she is in your house, she lives by your rules. Work with her as you would your own dog.
Post # 18
We frequently dog sit for a friend. Her dog is well behaved and gets along with our dogs, but he eats their food and sits on furniture we don’t allow dogs to sit on. I totally understand your frustration.
My dog is the shedder in my household, and I totally know what you mean. She sheds so much fur I could glue a week’s worth of fur together to make a whole other dog.
Post # 19
🙂 Sounds like you’ve got some lovely pups! and we do it because we know she’s safe with us and that’s what we would want for our dog on that long of a haul.
You know what, we were over there last night visiting, and he mentioned getting a new brush for her, I kind of wonder if it’s the same one. He said it’s amazing! I will make sure he brings whatever it is though! We’ll need it.
unfortunately she’s not a crate dog. For one, she’s HUGE, it would take up our living room. and two, I believe she’s only been crate trained for being bad. So, she would just think she was in trouble all night.
I’ll mention the grooming idea to A!!! Although, I’ll definitely try the barking thing. I have tried a squirt bottle (labelled “bad cat” because it’s for my cat, but I swear this dog gets more use out of it) and she seems to respond well to that, but maybe your idea will work better.
I am totally glad all our stories help each other out. Knowing I’m not the only one going through this is such a relief and has made my day so much better. That we can all laugh about it, because, gosh, do we ever know what it’s about! Shedding out of spite, you could be on to something with this girl too!
I probably made it out to be worse than it is! I was so upset this morning. I’m much better now. Just have to remember, I’d want the same for our dog, so that is why we’re doing this. One day we’ll make him return the favor.
Thank you ladies, you’ve all made me laugh at myself and realize I’m not alone. I feel SO much better. I don’t know what I would have done if I couldn’t have vented here this morning. Probably stayed a grouch all day. <3
Post # 20
Oh yes! I’m a 100% cat lady, getting used to my Fiance dog was a challenge, and he’s the laziest, most quiet, effortless dog on the planet! So, this is a huge adjustment (well… over the years I guess). Although, I totall laughed at the “someone watching you” bit, and need to add, not only is it expressionless, but then the head tilts. and they stare some more. tilt other side, more staring. and again, and so on.
The food thing drives me nuts, our dog is a grazer, so we never know how much food he’s actually eaten. My cat, we’ve had to put his bowl up on a CD stand so that she can’t get to it, but Nat still can.
Post # 21
OMGOSH I’m a cat person too…100% I LOVE to be ignored. I can’t stand that the dog is there where ever we go. I’ve owned dogs, I love dogs, but man, the constant need for attention is too much sometimes. I’ve mastered “go lay down.” LOL – thank the Lord she loves her kennel/bed.