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It is a given that the dog will stay with the wife when the husband decides to move out. Then again, she thought it was a given that the husband would, upon announcing his plans to explore, move out, versus we don’t know what exactly, becoming her roommate? But he did not take that as a given. Also a given is that the husband will continue to share the responsibility of dog ownership that they took on eleven years earlier when they brought him home. They have always split the dog walks. The husband walks the dog in the morning, the wife walks the dog in the afternoon. They take the dog to the vet together. The husband stays home with the dog when the wife travels every December and June. The husband moves out in May, takes the dog for one or two walks over the next few weeks, comes back to stay with the dog in June. The wife asks several times if he wants to make a custody schedule. The husband shrugs. You know this is a responsibility, right? Not just like, a chair you don’t mind if I keep? Eventually, the husband will come around and see that it is in fact a responsibility, regardless of his seeming ambivalence about spending time with the dog. It’s a curious thing, because she has witnessed the husband’s relationship with the dog, saw, over the course of eleven years, that his love of and for the dog, his connection with the dog, was at least part of the equation of his recovery. So it seems like a given that the husband would, if not be sad about losing the wife, be very sad about losing the dog. Instead, she is sad about the husband not being sad about losing the dog.

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