Am I the only who feels guilty when they leave the dog at home? Whether I am going to work, church or just out on a date with my hubby, I always feel a smidge of guilt when I leave the dogs home alone.
Okay, so maybe it’s more than a smidge of guilt that I experience. While I love taking the dogs on hikes and outdoor adventures, I’ve also been known to bring the dogs with me on outings and errands that dogs really don’t find entertaining. I don’t think Ryan realized what he was in for when we all moved in with him until he got to see my own version of separation anxiety up close.
A few years back, I had a big problem with my dog Molly who had some pretty difficult-to-manage-separation-anxiety. And over the years, Lucy has grown increasingly attached to me, which has probably bred a little anxiety of my own. Luckily, we’ve figured out that if left alone she does well when crated with puzzle toys, frozen treats, or even pieces of paper she can shred.
But when it came time for me to look for a job after settling in to a new city, I was pretty hesitant to take on anything more than part-time. The big reason being the dogs.
The truth is that the dogs mostly sleep all day even when I am home. But we have been increasingly in the habit of letting the dogs out several times a day to do their business. They are old and seem to prefer to pee more frequently. And with Lucy’s arthritis, Ryan and I both agree that we would love for her to have the ability to stretch her legs more often.
So when deciding whether I wanted to move to full-time employment (in addition to Ryan and I both also being part-time students), the dogs were definitely a factor we discussed at length. In fact, they were right up there with quality time together. I know that to some, this may sound a little crazy. But for us, that’s the challenge of being busy and having dogs.
So, we are constantly incorporating the dogs into our schedule (and activities when possible). And I know there are those that would dub me the crazy dog lady, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How do you incorporate the dogs into your busy schedules?