First of all, apologies to my subscribers for the whole pile of email you got from my blog yesterday. I’ll likely return to silent mode for a while, just like you’re used to.
But here we are. The 24 hour readathon is over and I lasted 18 hours.
Around 1:30 am, I thought that reading from my bed would be fun and comfy. It was getting cold in the house so I grabbed my last book and headed up, leaving behind the little nest that had served me all day.
Ollie curled up on the other side of the bed while I continued on with The Empathy Exams. After a few minutes, he dove under the blankets and lay with his head on the pillow and his back pressed against my back. He has never done that before and it was exceedingly cute. And then I started to feel myself get very sleepy. It must have been the rhythmic doggie breathing. I was a goner.
I woke up shortly before 8, the end of the readathon. I had set my phone alarm for 9 am just in case. (I like to wake up to The Stones’ Beast of Burden (soundcloud clip). I find it the perfectly positive and motivating music for first thing.) I have to be at choir for 10 am on Sunday mornings so this was my cutoff for sleep, regardless of how much I managed to get. Having scored a good 6 hours, I’m ready to sing!
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Ollie is the darling cockapoo we adopted in the spring. He is a dream dog, although incredibly bonded to me hence “separation anxiety” is the deal I got with him. He basically follows me around the house all day and if I’m gone for any length of time, has a bit of a “seizure” when I return, jumping and yelping and spinning in circles.
We successfully left him with our older son when we travelled for two weeks. He went to work every day with Alex and they clearly bonded as well, as Ollie was a bit sorrowful when Alex returned him to me when we got back. So, basically he’s a serial monogamist.
We did a trial visit at a neighborhood doggie daycare for those times when I need to be away from home for more than a few hours. They kept him for an hour and he was apparently growly and not happy. They required another visit where Ollie was be better behaved before they could take him as a boarder/day care client.
Friends of mine who have a basset hound recommended that I try Parker Pet Care, an organization that they have used for years. Parker offers a free trial day, so I signed Ollie up for last Friday and dropped him off in the morning. The staff there are simply lovely and I felt good about leaving him in their care.
When I picked him up, I got a “report card” along with a couple of doggie treats in a gift bag.
How cute is that?
I’ve booked him for a day of care while I’m off to Burlington on Wednesday. I’ll be asking for a “Cuddle Time” upgrade.