how to fall back in love with your dog
Chester is thirstier than he's ever been for affection and attention. That means he literally dogs us; he's our shadow. We're always tripping over him. This is doubly annoying because we live in a small space. We're trying to re-teach him to stay out of the way. He knows the command "Crate". It means he has to immediately go to his dog bed.
We also live in an apartment without an outdoor area so we need to take Chester out for his morning and afternoon walks. Mornings are hectic with Aro at his most energetic, Rob getting ready for work, and me struggling to get caffeine into my system. Nighttimes are even more challenging because everyone is a bit frayed at the edges.
I am one hundred percent sure that if we didn't have to walk Chester, we just wouldn't. That poor dog would just mooch listlessly around dreaming of long afternoons at the beach chasing sticks and dewy morning mountain walks. To give ourselves a break and Chester a much-deserved run in a park, we're thinking of hiring a dog walker to come a couple of times a week. In the past, we've also asked our parents and my brother to look after him for a week or two, especially when Aro's been going through a particularly demanding phase.
A workmate once told me that having kids is the easiest way to fall out of love with your dog. I didn't believe him at the time. I was even vaguely offended. Now, I have to say that he's right. Aro takes up all of our energy and attention plus more. There's nothing left for Chester most days. I feel terrible about this situation and hope it's temporary. For now, we're trying to find ways to fall back in love with our dog.