Our beagle Bailey was a major daddy's girl. She would sit in his lap and hug and kiss him for ages. And he would just let her. They were quite the pair. (I literally gave up once after counting 1000 kisses.)
We thought she was Daddy's girl because he wasn't around as much. I've worked from home for years, but Daddy always disappears for a long stretch 5 days a week. Our theory was that Bailey loved him more because it was a special treat each day. It was an event when he'd come home. After all, I fed her and walked her; you'd have thought I'd be the favorite. Hello, a beagle - total chow hound, and I was the main feeder. She should have followed me everywhere! But no, she always preferred the Daddy.
Then when we got Abby we figured it would be the same thing - but no! Finally it was my turn.
Okay, yeah... she looks like a Daddy's girl here:
But really, she was Momma's baby.
We were still doing the same routine - I was the main feeder and walker, and Daddy was the "special treat" since he wasn't home as much, but for some reason I was the favorite now. (And, I must admit, it felt good.)
When we got Rita, the hubs said it was his turn again, and he hoped for another Daddy's girl. But since our sweet Abby only lived to be 2 1/2, I figured it should still be a continuation of my turn. Luckily Rita agreed! Yep, another Momma's girl.
Oh, don't get us wrong, she loves her Daddy - a whole lot, but she's Momma's girl. (As evidenced if we come home from somewhere together and she runs past the Daddy to get to Momma. Poor Daddy.)
So, if it's not the feeding or the walking or the special celebration every night when "Daddy's home!" - what is it? What makes a pet have a preference?
Maybe it's something you just can't put your finger (or paw) on.
What about you - do your pets play favorites? If so, do you have a theory as to why?
Okay, just a little mischief here with a teaser... Come back on Wednesday for news about Book #3!! I'm excited to share the news with y'all!! I'll be revealing the title and when the book will be available!