Then once I am inside, he greats me as if I have been gone for a month
Yep, Rain does the same thing.Whimpers, barks, licks our hands as though we'd been gone for days. Arent they fun.
I also wanted to thank all of you who have rescued or adopted from shelters. Please, if you want a dog check out your local shelter first.There are so many whose lives are ended unnecessarily.We don't need any more backyard breeders, especially of Rotts and Pitts,or other "dangerous" breeds whose puppies end up in shelters or worse. There is breed specific legislation being passed everyday across this country and we will soon not be able to own those breeds that are considered dangerous. Dog fighting is rampant in this area and there are no law enforcement agents to help. Please, please spay and neuter and don't let your female have a litter because she's sweet, or you want you kids to see puppies.
My daughter managed a small shelter for awhile where any Rottie or Pitt that wasn't returned to owner with a few days was to be euthanized. She outright refused to euthanize for color (those big, black Rotties) or Pitts unless they were vicious. She finally got the Board to agree that they could be sent to approved rescues.They didn't like it that her euthanasia numbers were decreasing. The idiots couldn't get it through their heads that adoptions bring in revenue and euthanasia costs money.
Sorry didn't mean to lecture, but this is an issue that tears at my heart.