Help me stop thinking of my dog as a small person.
I’m a middle-aged woman with no kids, so not surprisingly, my dog and cat have kind of become my “babies” in my brain, and it’s not always a good thing.
My husband and I will be taking a two-week trip fairly soon, and for the first time will be leaving our beloved rescue mutt
with someone else for that long. We’ve done this once before, but only for one week. She will be with the same person, who is a wonderful friend, loves dogs more than people, and probably spoils my dog more than I do. Still...last time I dealt with so much stress and worry about the situation, and I want to avoid that for this longer trip.
I need mental tricks, reading material, vague reassurances...something — to remind me that my dog is, in fact, just a dog, and will not be traumatized and end up a nervous mess just because she has to stay with someone else for two weeks.
She’s a good dog, but because she’s a rescue with a somewhat sketchy background, she can be barky and territorial. She wasn’t well socialized as a pup, so she gets scared in new situations, but over the last two years that we’ve had her, she’s made huge advances and continues to improve all the time. I guess one of the things I worry about is that being apart from us, at someone else’s home, will negate some of those improvements.
I know my worries are totally illogical. I know, but they still come up (usually in the middle of the night, keeping me awake). I know I have too much emotionally invested in the pooch, and I need ways to bring myself back to the reality that my dog is just a dog, and she will be just fine.