When I'm not in a relationship, it seems like Ike worships me to no end. But if I'm in one? It is as if I never existed at all. Let me...explain.
Earlier this year, I ended a four year relationship with someone I should have ended it with long before now. Ike was extremely attached to him. If my ex and I were sitting on opposite couches, then the dog would always choose him. Always. Even if I had the blanket on my lap. And we know how much a dachshund loves their blankets. He would also sleep on my ex's side of the bed. And if I chose not to sleep in the bedroom that night, of COURSE, he wanted to sleep with the ex. He would jump out of the bed I was in and try to scratch his way out of the room.
Obviously, this was a dog obsessed.
And when we broke up, the dog went through a bit of depression. I know some people think that is ridiculous, but he really did not act like himself. I moved out and the dog came with me. And all Ike did was sit at the door. He didn't have to go potty. He didn't want to go for a walk. He wanted to go "home." He visibly lost weight because he didn't want to eat.
This when on for a few weeks, but eventually, he came around. He suddenly was a mama's boy again and I was happy. He wanted to be near me, whined when I left and no longer spent his nights by the door as if waiting for a miracle. As much as it annoys me to have a dachshund in bed with me, I enjoy the warmth.
I started dating someone new. We've been seeing each other for a couple of months, and as you know we've been transitioning our two dogs. Which is working great! But now, after leaving him with the new boyfriend a few times while I went to work? Ike is now becoming greatly attached to him. It's starting all over again! Not that I mind because sometimes all I want to do is homework and if the boyfriend can distract him, have at it! But still...it's kind of sad when we're around him, because Ike suddenly doesn't want anything to do with me. Like I'm not his 'real' owner. . .
Ever experience this with your dachshunds?
Even after the boyfriend bought Ike this costume (WHICH IKE HATED WITH A PASSION!!), he STILL favored him over me!