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04-13-2016 09:46 PM
Momo For me, saying goodbye was tough but tougher still, is watching your wife and kids say their goodbyes.
04-11-2016 09:35 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Saying goodbye. hands down it sucks.
04-11-2016 05:36 PM
Jayfeather Trying to teach the rest of my family how to handle the dog! Seriously, I sometimes find my parents teaching him the exact opposite of what I expect him to be doing! Ehem, you can't make a dog and cat friends by shoving the cat in the dog's face! (Dog looks at me apologetically). Yeah, I think that's probably the worst, but as everyone learns over time it gets better. Basically, learning to be patient, with the family as well as the dog!
04-11-2016 04:48 PM
alpha. I'd have to agree with saying goodbye. I get all homesick sometimes thinking about my dog.
It's weird but yeah she gives me like "don't go" look.
04-11-2016 02:15 PM
hemicop Saying goodbye. It's never easy, never gets easier and you swear each time you'll never get/have another one like him......
04-11-2016 10:42 AM
Originally Posted by trcy View Post
I think the hardest thing is when they are sick or hurt. They can't tell you whats wrong. They have to go to the vet and sometimes stay several days. They don't understand why and just want to be home. That's the hardest thing for me.
I absolutely agree with you...that's the hardest...when you don't know what's wrong with your dog and what should you do... when you must go to vet and when not...
04-09-2016 10:55 PM
Stonevintage The hardest part with Summer is that I am so in tuned with her. I'm sure that's because I'm retired and am around her all day.... but..

the sheer incredibility of her happiness every day, her exuberance- encouragement, willingness and ability to tackle anything at any moment-awes me - most every day.

She gets me up at the break of dawn - every morning of the year - regardless of weather, darkness or gloom. She is ready, happy and expectant to start the new day - and wants me to show the same, as I am her partner, her owner and best friend. Hard for me every day.....

When she was a puppy and chased butterflies at 12 weeks- to when she was 9 mos old and chased bald eagles out of our yard - she shared those moments with me and delighted when I delighted..... she is made of the essence of life and happiness and invites me every hour of every day to lay down my silly ways and come celebrate it all with her. Now, she's almost 2 and has come to protect our home and yard and I trust her and again, she is wowing me with her intelligence and understanding.

The hardest part with her- is the moment I open my eyes every morning. She is going to make me enjoy every day and she is going to make me happy to be alive (because of all the simple pleasures she involves me in EVERY day).... All I have to do is let go and let her lead the way. That's hard for me apparently - but - every day she turns it all around and not a day goes by that she doesn't add some crazy interesting funny introspective thoughts to my life experience.

This dog won't take no for an answer and is making me live and enjoy my life - who sick'd her on me! lol!
04-09-2016 09:34 PM
Heartandsoul #3 for me it was the absolute need to build up my own confidence so I could raise,train and give Sonny the necessary opportunities to be the best he can be.

#2 finding that perfect walking stride. This was really hard and took him and I a looong time to find a happy middle. I am quite short and he is quite long. I had to speed up and he had to slow down. It was a lot of work but we finally figured it out.

#1 will always be when it is time to let go and be there to help them.
04-09-2016 09:06 PM
maxtmill Having to return to its breeder is second. Whatever the reason, it tears your heart out.
04-09-2016 09:04 PM
Originally Posted by Zeeva View Post
What is the hardest part about owning a dog?

Exercising and keeping your pup fit? Cost? Lack of affection from pup? A washout? Saying goodbye? Vacationing? Keeping the house clean?...

When they die. Whether it is an old dog dying gracefully, or the sudden unexpected death of a younger dog. Period.
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