When Sean and I broke up there was a lot of admin to sort out. What multiple joint accounts and co-owned far more than just the house. In general we managed to sort everything out. As breakups go it wasn’t a particularly nasty one, we were extremely amicable towards each other and wanted the whole process to be as pain free as possible. When it came to our baby, not human baby of course, but our beautiful little German shepherd Trixie, things got a little difficult. We had very much bought Trixie together and raised her as ours for the last five years. The only other person we had ever trusted Trixie with is our dog walker in Melbourne. Apart from those few hours when we can’t make it back to walk her, she knows nothing but us. We discussed doing a whole split custody regime but decided it was silly to tie ourselves together like that. We wanted a clean split but equally neither of us wanted to give up Trixie. We decided that I would take her for the first two months and then we will meet up and decide how to play it going forward. I was pretty sure that after two months Sean would realise the advantages of not being tied down by a dog and let me keep her. There were a couple of weekends that I knew I would need help with Trixie but I didn’t want to ask Sean. I wanted to show him that I do not need him at all. Luckily I still had the number for the dog walking service in Melbourne so I was able to fill in the gaps in advance. Although Trixie was truly both of ours I just felt the whole thing naturally swayed towards me.