I have been really scared to post this question because I'm pretty sure people will think I'm a bad person but I am just really confused and don't know what to do because my puppy is now over 5 months old and I still feel nothing towards her. I love Sammy more than words could ever express, kiss and hug him every day and miss him but I never even have the urge to even pat my other dog. I try to be fair with affection, invite her onto the couch sometimes without Sammy and yet I don't enjoy it - internally I am just timing it so that she feels like it's fair and I know exactly when I can feel ok about having Sammy up instead. She is trained, she gets all the same food as Sammy but I don't love her - can a dog be satisfied with just food and shelter? If I'm honest, I don't think I even really like her. I feel about her the way I feel about other people's dogs - it's like it doesn't feel like she's mine and part of my family the way Sammy is. I have never had this happen before - I have loved rabbits, cats, mice, rats, even goldfish! And there's nothing wrong with her - she was easy to house-train (unlike Sammy), she's a very easy puppy, very pretty, good eater - none of Sammy's frustrating idiosyncrasies and yet there's just nothing there, no connection, no bond - if she disappeared tomorrow I don't think I'd feel anything except worried about Sammy because she's great company for him whilst I'm at work.
God on the one hand I feel terrible that I feel this way and think I should have just kept it to myself, but on the other it feels so good to finally get it out.
Has this happened to anyone else? What can I do to fix it?