Things are not good for me right now. After stopping my counselling course I've gone into a flare and am finding it very hard to cope. As some of you know I am on my own with my two teenagers and my four dogs. My counsellor has advised me to rest for about a month as my mental health is not good. I can't seem to cope with much at all I know you will all identify with this. I keep reading I need to reduce my stress levels but what do I do when it's my dogs that are causing it? I adore my dogs. I rehomed one last year as five was just too much and now I'm facing the fact that four is also too much. Three of them are dog reactive so every day walking them is stressful. I've had a few behaviourists in to try and help but I have been unable to physically do the training required. My kids don't really want to help,my eldest is snowed under with A level stuff and my son is more interested in his Xbox. We have talks and they promise to help but it always ends up with me doing it because I wanted the dogs and I feel it's my responsibility to keep them under control. My eldest dog also has dementia and in the evenings doesn't stop whining. I've tried her on a food supplement that is meant to help and it has stopped her running around the house but hasn't stopped the whining. My two small dogs also attack her every time she comes into the room. It's like a mad house. I am starting to think about rehoming my whippet lurcher,she is a beautiful dog,fit and strong and I just can't give her the exercise she needs. She is brilliant in the house but is fear aggressive with other dogs when we are out. I honestly feel with a stronger person she would do so much better. I am not a strong pack leader.
The rescue place I rehomed her from are not interested in taking her back,I asked them last year but they were so rude. They think everyone who gives their dogs up do it on a whim but I don't. I really miss my lovely boy I let go of last year but it was for the best and he has a fabulous home now. How am I ever going to get better with this constant stress? But my dogs are a huge part of my family,I've lost so much to this illness,do I have to keep loosing more and more?