I don’t know what to do with our dog anymore. I know what you’re thinking… re-home her. Well, I can’t. I would feel too guilty. She is part of our family. But like all the other members of our family, we have to live together in harmony. And currently, that isn’t happening.
First I should probably point out that I have been in this house, without leaving, with the girls, without help, without even seeing another human for going on three days now. So my annoyance and stress is higher than on a normal day. Plus, we close Monday and move next Friday, so I’m also trying to pack. Alone, with the girls, with no help. (Eric is in Cleveland for work.)
I finally got the girls to nap, at the same time today. And then Kona barked. She barks at everything and everyone. Pretty much non-stop. Sometimes for no reason. Yes, great guard dog, I guess. If that’s what you’re looking for. Me though, I like quiet.
I realize it’s probably a training issue, or lack of training issue rather. But she’s seven. I feel like we can’t really start over with training her. Can we? We have a bark collar. But I feel horrible putting it on her. She walks around, clinging to my legs, looking all sad and scared when it’s on her. Often I close her into the laundry room during the girls’ naps. She has food and water in there…
And then there is the hair and mud she tracks in. Our new home is a walk-out to the (soon to be) fenced yard. I’ve considered having Kona only in the lower level. But how much would she really even see us? And then would the lower level be twice as dirty and hairy as the entire house is now?