While I sometimes write about the challenges that our Lab mix Luke gives us, I don’t ever want to forget to share about the things he makes easy for us. As regular readers know, we’ve been going through a lot of changes around here since I lost my regular job last fall.
Most recently I added a new job to my schedule. It’s just two days per week, and so far, Luke is mostly doing fine being left home alone more. However, as things have kept changing over the last few months, I am constantly trying to find what works for me as far as my schedule goes. I juggle bookkeeping work, the blog, the farm (making products to sell, caring for the birds, and now working in the gardens), and now my new job at the farm stand two mornings/week.
While doing that I’ve tried to keep things as consistent as possible for Luke and Sam. I get up early most mornings and my routine was to feed Sam and then Luke. Then we added the baby chicks a few weeks ago, so I had to work checking on them into my morning schedule; filling their food and water first thing if needed.
Since they are kept in a room closest to where Sam eats, it made sense to check on them after feeding Sam. That meant Luke had to wait a little longer for his breakfast. He would get up with me, go outside, and then wait patiently while I got my coffee and then took care of Sam. When it started to take me longer to finish all that, he didn’t whine, cry, or pace. I’d come out of Sam’s room and find him waiting patiently on our bed.
Even on the occasional day I sleep in a bit, Luke won’t bother me. He’s the first dog that is not an early riser since we got our beagle Kobi almost 17 years ago. He was in that routine for a while, but since we lost Cricket he now stays in bed most of the time until I get up.
Now that we’ve changed his food too, and we have to re-hydrate it for 5 minutes before serving, he has to wait a little longer for his meals to be prepared. He just lies on one of the rugs outside of the kitchen until I tell him it’s ready, and he never complains.
He also hasn’t complained when the Dadz and I have been outside more working on projects like planting the garden and putting up some fencing. He can’t come down in that area of the yard, and sometimes he’ll watch us from his fenced in yard, or he’ll just nap in the house until we come in.
While he doesn’t show it on the surface, I know some of these changes have been hard on him. I had noticed for a couple weeks that he seemed more “out of sorts”, spending more time in his comfort zone (our closet), even when I was just doing normal things. That may have started around the time I started my new job. I was concerned, but just these last few days he has seemed better. I think he’s adjusting to the latest changes now, and we also just got a new product we’re trying and reviewing to see if that helps him relax more as well.
As I wrote the other day, “you get the dog you need” and in this way, Luke’s patience has made our lives so much easier as we deal with different things. I try to return the favor by making sure he gets his daily walks as much as possible, some toy time in the evenings when he’s in the mood and treats throughout the day when he’s such a good boy.
Speaking of treats? That is the answer to yesterday’s question of what was behind door #1. One of my best friends knew that was the laundry room door, but even she didn’t know that’s where I put the treats I bake to cool off. I needed a place out of “someone’s” reach, and since it’s close to the kitchen, that works. Our beagle Cricket used to camp outside that door when the treats were in there, and Luke has now taken over that job!
That wasn’t nearly as exciting as what some of you guessed….gosh, I wish it had been kittens or a puppy behind that door! 🙂
While some situations with him are challenging and might make our lives a bit more difficult; having him be so patient on an everyday basis makes our lives much easier and for that I’m extremely thankful.
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