I don't really know when it happened. But I've become one of the persons I used to make fun of!!
OH and I are in Canada at the moment on a trip to visit family and see the rockies. It's great - I love this country and its wildlife. We saw bears and I definitely have a soft spot for racooons. Yet, what really gets me going are the dogs who go for a run with their owners on the beach. I have even shown the family pictures of the pooches and ignored the glances they exchanged when I pulled them out.
And we miss our pooches of course. Debating every day if it's wise to leave them in the kennel for almost three weeks and wondering how they feel about not being tucked in at night... There is hope though. We did not yet call home to find out whether the pooches are ok without us.