For some reason I have been having a lot of trouble connecting with Betsy. I mean I love her to death, but I don't feel as close to her as I was to Gabrina. Maybe it's because she is my second dog, or maybe it's because she would rather just stay home and sleep. Gabrina was always ready to go, it didn't matter what time of day of what she was doing. I could open the door while she was eating dinner and she would come running. And Gabrina was fearless, she went basically everywhere from day 1. We were always together. Betsy doesn't like going anywhere. I will pick up her vest and show it to her and she doesn't even get up. She has no interest in going anywhere with me. Now if I sit on the floor with her she will come and cuddle up, but honestly, I don't have a lot of time to spend cuddling. I need a dog that is eager to go everywhere and do everything. A dog that will do anything to please me. Betsy isn't that dog. Everyone falls in love with Betsy. What can I say, she is a great dog, but I guess the point of this post is to say...she isn't my Gabrina.
[Betsy and me being silly]
[Gabrina and me sleeping. I have a ton of pictures from all different days of us like this]
Wow, I just reread what I wrote up there and that is not at all what I meant to say when I started this post. But I can't bring myself to delete it, because it's the truth. The point of this post was to say that I don't think you can effectively train a dog that you are not connected with. You don't have the desire for them to succeed. I haven't been working with Betsy nearly as much as I did with Gabrina. Maybe that's why we aren't as connected. We didn't have that "love and first sight" connection so I gave up. It's my fault. I need to try harder, make things funner, and give it my all. Betsy needs to succeed.
I think that Betsy came to me for a reason. I have this strong belief that every puppy raiser is given the puppy that they need at that moment. Gabrina came "brave" because I needed someone strong to get me through my crazy freshman year. But Betsy is a softy because I need to slow down. I am way too busy. Betsy is here to force me to slow down, to stop over committing myself. I need to "stop and smell the roses" enjoy high school, I only have 2 more years and I'm done. That's it, game over.
I have thought about transferring Betsy, but I can't bring myself to do it. I love her. She may not be my soulmate dog, but I love her. And I can't cut my time with her short. On top of that, my dad loves her. Sure, she's not my soulmate dog, but she's his. He has spent countless hours working on her commands and taking her on outings. She is the perfect dog for him and I can't take that away.
Betsy and I just need to find something that we have in common. Something we both love. For Gabrina and I, it was being busy. But Betsy and I haven't quite found our interest yet. It will come with time. I know it will. Even if it's the day before recall, I will connect with Betsy.
If you stuck it through that, thank you.
Maddie and Betsy