Finding Time for Your Pet
I have a four-year-old Rottweiler named Dopey whom I've had since she was two months old. She has grown very attached to me, as I have to her. I am a senior in high school and work part time, so my schedule has changed and I don’t have a lot of time to spend with her. I have a guilty conscience, and feel like I've abandoned her. Do you think she feels neglected by me?
You are obviously a wonderfully responsible owner, and care a lot about your dog's mental well-being as well has her physical health, Janeth. You asked if she was feeling abandoned since your schedule has changed. The good news about dogs is that they don't lie. If her life had changed for the worse, her behavior would also have changed for the worse. She would be chewing shoes, crying when alone, etc. I am assuming that her behavior is still OK, even though you are less active in her life. I think you must have put such good quality time into her early years that she has the emotional comfort and confidence to cope with the change in your schedule. She is also more mature now, and does not need as many distractions.
It is very important that you monitor her food so that she does not gain weight since she may not be burning as many calories. Your own time sounds tightly scheduled. I hope you take time to be with her, since it is also very good for you.