How much do you love your dog, I'm not sure my feelings are normal!!

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Gymbob Mon 20-Apr-15 20:01:48

I mean, I absolutely love and adore my dog so much, I'm not sure it's normal or right to love a dog this much. I don't go anywhere without him, and I know he adores me too.

I took him to the vet today, I was worrying about nothing, but then got thinking omg, what will I do when the time comes. the thought of it is just horrendous.

Is it just me who feels this deeply about their dog?

cashewnutty Mon 20-Apr-15 20:08:24

I love my dog too. My 2 DD's are aware of where they come in the "who mum loves most" rankings. Neither are number 1!

My dog is my constant companion and has been there for me through good time and bad. I never have to explain anything to her and she is a very calming influence.

The thought of her not being around fills me with horror.

Sossidge Mon 20-Apr-15 20:26:11

I adore and cherish our girly, she's fascinating, beautiful and endlessly hilarious. Like a kid, except none of the (many) bad bits. We're moving house soon and are only viewing houses that have nice bits nearby for her to go to.
Our old girl died two years ago, so I know the horror of it, and to love them as hard as you can for their short lives. No regrets.

SlaggyIsland Mon 20-Apr-15 20:31:10

The greatest look of love I have ever seen on someone's face, was a young woman looking at her dog. Just some people next to me at a pavement cafe. I found it very moving.

TooOldForGlitter Mon 20-Apr-15 20:41:01

I often think about how much I love my dog. As in, is it too much. I love him as though he was my actual child. I would rather be with my dog than with most people. Not sure what that says about me tbh!

Fantashtic Mon 20-Apr-15 20:52:44

Oh we've only had her 5 months (she's an older dog) and I love her truly, madly, deeply. I thought I'd love her but I LOVE her - she is an endless source of fun and joy and our home is happier for having her in it. I'm just so sad she's 7 already.

Bowlersarm Mon 20-Apr-15 20:56:05

I love my dogs. And I love them more and more by the day, much more than I thought I'd be capable of.

ParkingFred Mon 20-Apr-15 20:57:15

God, we're all nuts about our dog.

We talk about him, kiss him, take photos of him - far more than the children!

MuttonCadet Mon 20-Apr-15 20:58:15

More than anyone I've ever met - I think that's perfectly normal. (Tbh they feel the same way about me).

Sossidge Mon 20-Apr-15 20:58:24

Dogs live solely in the moment, whether they're fully embracing a good sleep, rolling around in grass, lost in sniffing, they don't get sad at their failing bodies, or hurt you for fun the way humans do. They're not dreary or bland or tedious like humans (can you tell I work with the general public?). Their devotion is complete, they're pure joy and love. No one would ever love you as much as your dog. No human would sing and spin in the pure joy of seeing you walk through a doorway, listen to your secrets, absorb your tears and protect you to the last beat of their heart.

I look upon people who claim they hate dogs, with contempt, and pity those who have never known a dogs love. My favourite memories and happiest days involve a dog.

Gymbob Mon 20-Apr-15 20:58:30

So it's not just me then. Thank God for that. I love my dog like he is my child too Glitter. But it scares me actually as I struggle to separate the feelings between my dog and my children and husband!

TheoriginalLEM Mon 20-Apr-15 21:00:38

I have two dd's. my dogs are the cover photo on my phone blush

Mitzi50 Mon 20-Apr-15 21:01:30

Looking at your dog releases oxytocin which is the love chemical apparently.

I love ddog1 & 2 - they make me happy every time I look at them and I find them fascinating.

I do, however, love DC much more - even though they cause far more problems.

turdfairynomore Mon 20-Apr-15 21:04:41

I love my dog too- she is always glad to see me and never asks for money!

OttiliaVonBCup Mon 20-Apr-15 21:07:24

It's fine OP, it's not like love is a finite resource, I'm sure there's plenty more where it came from.

DDog's silly face makes me happy every time at look at the bugger.

Leeloo01 Mon 20-Apr-15 21:11:58

Oh yes - you are not alone!
I LOVED LOVED LOVED my dog so much (for 14 years) and she brought so much joy into my life. She never let me down and got me through some tough times. I had such a connection with her and seeing her delight when I came through the door was magical. They can give you the unconditional love that I am not sure you can get from humans in the same way. I hope I made her as happy as she made me!

LokiBuddyBoo1 Mon 20-Apr-15 23:12:22

Your not on your own Gymbob
I too love my ddog so much I call him my fur baby he goes everywhere with me
He is the light of my life and I adore him I don't know what I would do without him to be honest.
He makes me laugh every day at his silly antics and is right there to comfort me when I'm down and sad or not feeling well.
I wouldn't be without him, he gives me unconditional love and who else shows me such joy and excitement when I return home even if I've only been gone 20 minutes he jumps into my arms in excitement.
Dogs are just the best.

GinBunny Mon 20-Apr-15 23:32:24

I'm joining the love dog club. The singularly most important and best time of my day is when I get home from work and dog comes downstairs and jumps up on the sofa for a cuddle, tail wagging, and chatting to me with a big grin on his face. No matter how bad my day has been it's gone in that second. He's an old boy (10) and we've only had him a year (rescue) but can't imagine life without him. If I could give up work and stay at home all day with him I would and I don't say that about DH even though I love him too
He's trying to dig a hole under the coffee table atm grin

hennipenni Tue 21-Apr-15 13:11:31

Guilty, and I spend far more time with my dog than with my DD's or DH!

Gymbob Tue 21-Apr-15 13:54:44

well that's only about 17 of us up to now grin is it just us?

I'm feeling a bit better knowing I'm not on my own. I'm at work atm and gutted its my dh who gets the lunch time walk with our boy today in the lovely sunshine. I can't wait to see him tonight (the dog not dh grin ). he saves the best ever greeting for me. he will charge down the hall shouting at me as he comes and go berserk.

the humans won't even notice I'm back until they want something

Stinkylinky Tue 21-Apr-15 15:47:35

I love my dog ridiculous amounts, I'm sure some people think I'm mental but I don't care, I prefer him to most people anyway!

Lifeisadancefloor Tue 21-Apr-15 15:56:22

My eldest dog is the light of my life, he creaks when he sleeps and is the best cuddler. He can make the stresses of the day go away in the blink of an eye - then again he made two easter eggs and a loaf of bread disappear as well, but I forgave him for that! People cross the road when they see us walking him - I dont know what they think he is but he is big and scary and yet a softer more loving dog I have yet to meet. I luffs him more than many things - on learning that we might have to relocate I did declare to my very much loved DH that if the dog couldn't go then I would remain in the UK with him (and I stand by that!)

Gymbob Tue 21-Apr-15 21:03:29

life I would definitely do that too. you can tell your husband why you won't be joining him and he will understand you, but you can't tell your dog that you will be leaving him behind because he won't understand.

and stinky, I definitely love my dog more than most people. He is pure joy to be with

PrincessSlayer Tue 21-Apr-15 21:15:32

Glad other people feel the same way, mine is only 3 and sometimes I get weepy thinking about the fact that one day she won't be around! I would rather spend time with her than pretty much anyone else.

Gymbob Tue 21-Apr-15 21:50:42

My boy is nearly 7, and I think about when he won't be here too. I can hardly bear it, when I start to feel like it I go and give him a big kiss and cuddle and tell him how much I love him

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