I was talking to my brother about the idea of adding a second dog into the family eventually, my brother responded with "Why would you get another dog when you can't even look after the one you have now?" And I honestly nearly punched him (I didn't, sadly), because I have done nothing but devote the past 4 years to this dog. When I first got her I had severe social anxiety, to the point where walking a few feet down the road to the mail box on my own was absolutely terrifying - so obviously I was nervous to walk her alone, and when I asked said brother to come with me he refused, so I did it on my own, battled through my anxiety and forced myself to chat with strangers and other dog owners despite being terrified the entire time just so that my girl could get enough exercise and socialisation, I trained her on my own, groomed and fed and went through the dreaded puppy blues on my own (which were awful, Lyra was a nightmare puppy), to this day I'm still dealing with her anxieties and issues alone. Nowadays I run and bike and walk her for hours to keep up with her needs, yet he accuses me of neglecting her when it comes to exercise (a few days ago we biked for 6 miles straight, walked another 6 miles not that long after, yesterday I ran a mile with her, and today we were out walking for 3 hours - usually she gets a 2 hour entirely off leash walk every day if not longer). I keep her mind busy with training, she comes with me to visit friends or family, I've helped her out with her fear of cars, her fear of other dogs and people, I stayed up all night comforting her when she was sick and when she had her abscess I spent every day cleaning and medicating it. She sleeps cosily each night on my bed with her favourite cats curled up next to her, we do tricks together for fun and to work her brain, she's pure muscle and her fur is shiny and beautiful. After Lyra was attacked by other dogs she turned to on leash aggression and fear aggression, which I worked through with her and she's grown so much braver and friendlier since then. My brother has done absolutely nothing for her these past 4 years, and I wouldn't ask him to because she is my responsibility and I have always been 100% responsible for her needs since the day she came into my life - so honestly he can bugger off with his judgemental remarks because if he were in my shoes he'd have given up on this dog years ago. I love and spoil her to bits and if I were to add on another dog in future I would love and spoil him/her equally. Sorry about the rant, just sick of being surrounded by ignorant people.