"Partial custody" of dog. Am I being ridiculous? (non-GSD)
I'm sure the majority of you don't know this, but my sheltie Ellie isn't exactly my dog, although I consider her to be. She technically belongs to my step-dad, as he bought her and her AKC papers are in his name. I have had several talks with him about letting me have her to no avail.
The thing is, ever since we got her at 2 months the care and training of that dog was all me. I leash-trained her, potty trained her, taught her tricks, walked her, etc. She slept with me every night. I was the first person she greeted when we got home. I took her practically everywhere I could. She bonded with me the closest. We were an inseparable duo, and then when I got Schatzi, we became a trio.
This past summer Schatzi and I moved in with my Dad and his boxer, because I was starting college and our schedules worked in favor of the dogs so they are never home alone for long. Of course, I couldnít bring Ellie. I threatened that if they didn't take proper care of her I would take them to court (I have trust issues when it comes to how my animal are taken care of). They said I was just being melodramatic, but I was serious. Don't get me wrong, my family have had their fair share of pets and aren't incompetent in their care. I'm just a little obsessive over it. I guess it is foolish to start a custody war with my own family over a dog, but Ellie is more than just a dog to me. Cheezy, I know.
About the whole "partial custody" thing:
Even my step-dad recognizes our bond, which is why I get to keep her every now and then. My brother and sister come visit and stay with me and my dad every few weeks or so, and when they come, Ellie comes. I also keep her when my family goes out of town. Well, this is great, and I love the time I get to spend with her and Schatzi as a complete "pack". The girls freak out when they see each other, running around and giving one another kisses. Ellie is my shadow when she is with meÖ she never leaves my side.
I guess I should be grateful that she is allowed to stay with me on occasion, but I feel like itís not enough. Should I just let it go and accept the fact that she isn't my dog? I really donít want to start drama in my family. And I will admit that my sister has taken good care of her, most likely due to me breathing down her neck about it.
Maybe I am being too melodramatic about this. I donít know. Sorry for the long rant, I was just wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and/or have words of advice.
- Patterned Sable GSD ~12/15/11
- Sable and White Sheltie ~9/8/09
- Tortoiseshell calico
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