Help Dear Abby: "Clingy" Dog Doesn't Like New Wife

 |  Jan 31st 2011  |   0 Contributions


In case you didn't see "Dear Abby" on Sunday, it involved a question from a woman who is jealous of the very close relationship her new husband has with one of his dogs. Abby told the woman to make sure the dog gets retrained so the pooch isn't the alpha female in the pack, and gets knocked down a rank or two. She also advised marriage counseling if her husband isn't willing to make some changes.

I'm interested in your take on the matter, Dogsters. The letter follows. What do you think is going on, and what -- if anything -- should be done. Who knows? Maybe the advice columnist will read your words and gain insight from them for the future. (Dogster does get around...)

DEAR ABBY: I met my husband, Monty, shortly after he lost his wife of 14 years. Monty has two dogs, but the one I have issues with is Ginger. I have never seen a dog act like her. She clings to Monty. Shell sit outside the shower until he is done. She runs to him when he gets home from work to greet him before I do. Its as if she thinks shes his wife! She sits next to Monty on the couch. I hesitate telling her to move because my husband treats his dogs like gold. They were here for me when my wife died. Im sympathetic to that, but where do I fit in?

Ginger bullies the other dog when she tries to get Montys attention. Im feeling jealous because sometimes he neglects my physical needs and is more affectionate with the dogs. What do I do? Jealous of the Four-Legged Mistress

Your thoughts, Dogsters?

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