I’ll be honest, I went along with getting her because of avivahg‘s insistance. She was heartbroken over the loss of Canute, her old greyhound, and wanted a new one to take her place. I kind of looked forward to having another dog around, but the dog had always been her thing. I’m not a dog person at all, and although I had formed a rare bond with Canute, that’s not the norm for me. At best dogs are occasionally entertaining nuisances to me.
So now we have this new dog. She’s a nice dog. We don’t really have any complaints about her behaviour. She isn’t peeing in the house anymore. She’s pretty spastic, and dumb as a post, but I’ve come to expect that of greyhounds. She seems to like us a lot. Really, she’s a good dog.
I just don’t like her. And I don’t see any potential for comeing to love her like I loved Canute – I think that was a very special, one-time thing. I don’t like walking her late at night, and picking up after her, and I don’t like the expense of owning her; but all that was true with Canute as well. What’s different is that for me she offers no redeeming value to offset those factors. There’s nothing I can point to and say “this is why I can’t live with her” – I just don’t like her. But that’s hardly reason to get rid of an animal, is it?