Hi everyone! I've been reading the old threads on here for awhile now, as I have to admit over the past year I've become a bit obsessed with Cavaliers.
Last October I got my first Cavalier - a little tri girl named Harlow. She LOVES everyone she meets - needs to jump all over them and lick every inch of their face. She has been like this from day one. Also, in beginning she was extremely cuddly. She always had to sleep in our laps when we were on the couch. I brought her into my bed the first night and she has slept with me ever since. The first few months, she had to be physically touching me at all times during the night. I loved it - but at the same time I had a hard time sleeping, so I put a doggy bed next to me in bed and started making her sleep in that. She would start the night out in the bed, but by morning I would find her pressed up next to me again. It really is the most hilarious thing to wake up to your dog sleeping next you like a human (sprawled out on her back, body under the covers, head on the pillow).
She's always been extremely playful (VERY hyper up until about 5 months of age and still very playful ever since). She could follow me around the house with a tennis ball in her mouth all day long. I consistently felt guilty that I couldn't play with her as much as she wanted. I had wanted a second Cavalier anyway, so two weeks ago I got her a little brother: Andre. They have been playing nonstop since the day I brought him home.
However, when they are not playing, I do feel like she's a bit jealous and mad at me for bringing home the second dog. As she's grown, she has become more independent (less cuddly and clingy), but I it's even more apparent now that I've brought Andre home. She still usually sits next to me on the couch, but at night she cuddles much less (some nights she just stays in her doggy bed the entire time). During the day, if I call her over to me, she'll usually walk in the opposite direction. If I'm ever giving kisses to Andre, I'll catch her staring at me from a distance. Only times she's ever really excited about me anymore is if I leave the house for a bit. Then she'll go crazy when I come home.
I miss Harlow's suuuuuper-cuddly puppy behavior!!
I read somewhere that girl dogs get more aloof with age. Plus I know they can be very moody. I guess I'm wondering if 1. she's probably getting more aloof/moody as she grows up and will continue to do so or 2. this is just a rebellious teenager phase (she's 10 months) and she might grow out of it or 3. she's simply just mad about Andre. Do dogs ever get over their jealousy issues over the second dog? Will I ALWAYS feel guilty for giving him any attention?
Thanks for reading!! I'll try to post some pics soon