As my Dad just reminded me, “well, this is what you wanted.”
Yup, I did want a dog who loved to cuddle, enjoyed being held, was pretty easy going and was very adaptable. But, lately, Toby is taking the being held part to a totally new level.
As soon as I sit down at the table, he whines, begs and barks until I pick him up. He’s not happy until he is sitting with me. Even when I was sitting my my bed the other night, unable to sleep and finishing up a post on The Adirondack Chick, he had to be in my lap between me and my computer.
This morning, as I sat down to write this post, Toby started his begging and barking. I gave in and picked him up. Sure enough — he stopped barking, got himself comfortable and was set.
I worry that there is something wrong with him — he’s not feeling well, or whatever, but two months ago he got all kinds of blood work and such as part of his yearly exam, and everything was fine.
Maybe it’s separation anxiety, but nothing crazy has been going on that would cause it. My Dad’s theory is that he knows I’m been really stressed and since he plays off my emotions a lot, he just wants to be there.
I’m not sure if I will ever know exactly why he’s acting so clingy, and I guess in reality, it’s not all so bad. I mean, does it make eating dinner, writing and cooking difficult? Yeah. But, look at that face! It’s hard to resist not picking him up and snuggling him! 🙂
Is your dog clingy, or do they like their own space?