Dog owners will give you all sorts of advice and tips. You’re having issues with indoor poop? Here’s a list of 500 tips to get your dog to poop outside. Barking excessively? Here’s an entire textbook of reasons why and how to curtail it. You aren’t sure what food is safe for your dog? Well, let me direct you here.
The one thing that dog owners don’t seem to talk about, and the one thing no one will tell you about having a dog is the guilt. Oh, the guilt you will feel.
You’ll feel guilty when you have to go out. You’ll feel guilty when have to yell. You’ll feel guilty when you get frustrated. You’ll feel guilty when you feel like giving up. You’ll feel guilty when they get sick. You’ll feel guilty about almost everything.
It’s just a part of being a dog owner. You’re love for them will be so strong that if any little bump occurs, you’ll be racked with guilt over it.
You may also find yourself starting to feel guilty that you haven’t adopted more dogs. You’ll scour rescue pages and want to help them all. You share the Facebook posts, you retweet lost dog posters, you do everything in your power but it never feels like enough.
You could buy a farm in the country and rescue hundreds of dogs and you’ll still feel guilty because you can’t rescue them all.
It’s okay. You’re human. You can’t rescue every single dog. You just need to remember that your dog loves you and that you are doing the very best that you can. Guilt happens, but don’t let it consume you.