I will fully admit that I spent far too much time that first year *entertaining* Georgia. I filled every second of her time...and mine. No wonder I lost 25+ pounds. I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO EAT. And it was such a mistake. Luckily, I saw what I was doing before I completely exhausted myself. I was on my way to creating a dog that couldn't sit still. Now I have dogs that can hang out quietly when I need them to. Whether it's because I'm sick or because I'm feeling like a slug (which I think we've all been guilty of at some point). GA & TX can hang out and chew on their toys or take a rest. Do they get bored when it's raining cats & dogs or when it gets dark at 4:30 and I get home after 5:30? Sure, but so do I. If my dogs were so under exercised that it was detrimental my house would be destroyed. It's not. Yes, GA raids the laundry room for dirty socks and TX re-arranges the sofa pillows. These are things I can live with.
Don't get me wrong. On the weekends we go to the beach, go on hikes and just goof off. But if for some reason circumstances prohibit that, my dogs will not implode.
Thanks, Kate! That's basically what I was trying to say. So many people think their dogs need constant exercise and attention and only end up creating dogs that NEED constant exercise and attention when instead they could be creating dogs that know how to chill when they need to.
joe wrote:What Administrator or Moderator has treated you badly? I'm not aware of any of us doing anything.
I attempted to block PMs and e-mails from RuffMuttK9z, and received a message that I could not block an adminstrator or moderator. I therefore presumed that RuffMuttK9z was an adminstrator or moderator. Apparently, that was an error; I therefore apologize to the administrators and moderators of the board for my comment with respect to them.
And now, if you'll pardon me, I am going to be a lousy Border Collie owner, pile my senior citizen butt and my dog into my truck, and take Annie for a long trail hike through the woods, as this is one of the few days that the sun has shown in New England lately, and the temparature has actually gotten above freezing.
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." (Mary Anne Radmacher)