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I'm sure you are going to get many, many replies to your post here. All of what you have written here makes absolute sense to me. I do exacty the same thing & yes, I too have had 'friends!!!', tell me my dog (dogs), shouldn't be so important to me. I get many of those 'looks' which I have learnt very quickly to ignore. Whenever we are away from home, whether it be 30 mins, or a few hours, I always want to know that my girl is safe & happy. We leave a radio/tv on whenever not home & have a dog door so she can always be where she wants to be, which is mostly on my bed.
I wouldn't worry about this sister-in-law of yours Sue and I think you just need to feel sorry for her, because she has never known the love & devotion that a dog can give & visa versa. Let her do her fancy shopping. I'll take hanging out with my dog anytime.
just ignore the silly remarks not worth the hassel expecially as it is family. put it down to possible jealousy never to know the wonderful bond you have with Cash.
i think we are all crazy about our Reds and do anything to be sure they are well and happy and run our lives around them, i mean what else is so important as them.
good luck Rosie
I,too, have been told that I care too much about my dogs.I always get back as soon as I can to them if I am out,their welfare is important.
I would ignore your sister -in-law.She is probably jealous of your happiness and the love you give to and receive from Cash.
As I was reading I thought she must be jealous too.
Anyway I would laugh and say that Cash is what keeps you sane and not in need of a therapist!! I know our beautiful boys and girls have helped us through some pretty rough times and I'd do anything for them.
Dont worry Sue!! You are the normal one;o))) People who shop too much should be seeing a therapist;o))
I worry when I am away from my red family, even if it is only a few hours (not very often, as I work at home)
Thankfully my friends and family do understand, I Think??;o)))))
Sue, I recognize the path.. Our lifes (mine and my husband) literally revolve around walking/woods/forests- sometimes the only serious shopping we have time to do during the week end is the meat for Oberon, we can always just get a sandwich:)
But, hey, its sooo great to see how an happy dog is him:)
Ah well, she's right isn't she... you are holding a mirror in your hand that shows all of us! :-)) Just don't waste money on a therapist, your therapist might end up wanting to get a setter himself!
Where did I read this one: "You don't have to be mad to have a setter - but it certainly helps!" ;o))
Sue the best response you can have is totally ignoring her comment. Nothing could hurt her more than being ignored. Just enjoy your life with your very dear boy, and forget about these people (alas, she is not the only one thinking that way :-( Not worth spending even 1 minute listening to this, unless you can laugh about it.... some people can do it, I still have to learn .. and a lot :-(
This is the thoughts of someone who is more than nutter about her dogs, behind salvation :-) and proud of it :-)