While Luke’s holiday weekend started off great, with a walk in the woods with both Momz and Dadz, it kind of went downhill from there, for both him and the farm birds. They had a lot of alone time stuck inside while we humans were off having Thanksgiving dinner with family and then Black Friday shopping.
My hubby and I went off to my sister’s for dinner Thanksgiving afternoon, then Dadz was back to work on Friday while I went off for my annual two-day shopping trip with “the girls”. Luke did have Dad at home on Saturday though, but the very cold temperatures kept them mostly indoors.
When we lost the last of our older dogs I worried about how Luke would do when being left home alone at times. Luckily I’ve been able to work out a schedule so that doesn’t happen too often for work obligations, so it’s mostly just special occasions like this that leave him home alone and the birds stuck inside their coop for longer periods. We’ve tried to do things to make it as easy as possible, like expanding our coop to give the birds plenty of room to move around.
For Luke, I started filling up his West Paw Quizl* treat-dispensing toy with peanut butter and treats. Once he sees me do that, he knows we’ll be leaving him alone. Does he get upset? No, the truth is, he keeps a close eye on the pantry where the Quizl is stashed while I finish getting ready to leave. He practically pushes me out the door at the point! While he seems very excited when we get home, I think he does fine while we’re gone – there’s no signs of it being otherwise.
When I got home from my two day shopping trip, Luke greeted me, but then went running back to Dad who was eating the rest of the Thanksgiving custard pie I had baked. After that, once I hit the couch with a glass of wine to unwind, Luke was snuggled up with Dad and stayed there! Sometimes I think pets do it on purpose…..just giving us a little bit of a guilt trip (“you were gone, so now I’m Daddy’s boy”), so we might reconsider leaving again.
Sunday morning I had to run out again, to pick up work before a snowstorm hit. It was again too cold to walk anyway. What a relief when Monday morning was much warmer, and we could get back to our walk and other normal routines! I’m not sure who is more relieved, me or Luke. It’s wonderful to get a break in the routines, get away for a bit and have some fun, but I am always happy to be home again. Now I’m working on catching up with everything, and turning Luke back into his Mama’s boy. 🙂
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