I am so grateful for them. When I was single they provided me with companionship, love, and attention. When no man could be loyal, Oscar and Reilly were always there for me.
I am lucky that my husband fell in love with them. He loves them just as much as I do. Before Aiven, he gave them so much attention, they pretty much forgot I existed. It was all about Alex the Alpha Dog.
Now that Aiven is here, we barely have time for them. We love them but simply cannot give them the time and attention we used to. In comes their guardian angel, Bree.
Bree is our neighbor who looks after them when we are out of town. She ADORES them. She makes them chicken and potatoes for dinner. Home cooked meals! Plus gourmet treats...she always returns them with the most exotic dog treats I have ever seen. Doggie tacos! When Alex tries to retrieve them from her apartment, they lay down flat and turn themselves into dead weight. They don't want to leave her. They do not want to come home. It feels like they don't miss me, and it hurts.
I felt so guilty when Alex told me they didn't want to come home, I searched online for the most expensive doggie treats I could find and ordered over $50 worth for them. Reilly comes home a bit easier now -- his loyalty can be more easily bought than Oscar -- but still, they prefer it at Bree's.
This summer while we are in Ireland, Bree is going to take care of them. I am considering asking her if she would like to keep them. As much as I want them to be part of our family, I think they will be better off joining hers. Bree is single and I know how much my boys made the days better when I was in her shoes. Oscar and Reilly make it so much less lonely. They are also almost 9 and 10. In their last years, shouldn't they be with someone who will dote on them and snuggle in bed?
I think it would be best for the dogs to stay with Bree, but it will break my heart to give them up.