I recently got a brand new shih tzu puppy over 2 weeks ago. I Love him to death and never in my mind think I made a mistake getting a dog. I love the breed and have grown up with them all my life. I have been wanting a puppy for a very long time and right now was the perfect time as I have a month off work and plenty of time and money to dedicate to the little guy. I have been VERY emotional since I got him. I feel like crying all the time, even though he does make me very happy. I feel like I am in this all alone and I am constantly with him and watching him constantly and doing nothing else. I do not have a boyfriend or husband, my roommate works nights and sleeps all day, and my family lives about 30 minutes away which I have been finding myself driving there almost everyday just to be with someone. One reason I think I feel this way is because from the beginning he has had some scary health issues. the third day he got diarrhea really bad and was hospitalized for a day and a half on fluids, then a few days later he had a coughing attack and we were back at the vet, then a few days after that he had a horrible reaction to his flea and tick medication and we we were back at the vet again. So I think that does have some to do with how I am feeling. He is doing great right now and we haven't been to the vet in a week (knock on wood!). Everything is getting easier. It is still really hard for me to leave him for a few minutes or even an hour or two at a time. I think because I became very protective of him since he was sick. And I am trying very hard to potty train him so I watch him CONSTANTLY and do not really ever give my mind a break. ANYWAY, so I was wondering if anyone else had these feelings after getting a puppy. I can't imaging life without him now, and we are very close. But I guess I am just hoping for some freedom as well. I used to be out with friends a lot and with family everyday. and working as well. I think I just feel a little trapped, and I am looking for someone to tell me it gets easier and that it is OK for me to to start living a bit of a normal life again. Thanks for reading.