6.24.12 Reunion

24 Jun

It is funny when you are a traveler.  I am always the one leaving my other humans and my animals behind.  I get to see different sites, sounds, and smells, while they stay in their same world day to day, with mostly one thing different: I am not there.  I think it is harder for those that are left behind.  Thier world continues but there is a hole in the routine once filled by the missing person.  People understand travelers, though they may be physically lonely and miss you, they know in their heads that you will be returning.  They can talk with you on the phone, text in words, or even Skype with you over internet video.  But, to the animals, the hole is just there.  They know that another being, in this case me. the feeder and the giver of walks and hugs, is not immediately present.  They do not understand that I went on a business trip to Turkey (13 hours away in a metal container with wings).  They do not know that I thought about them everyday because, unlike my humans, I can not tell them virtually that I love them.  Animals can only receive what is present, immediate, and there.  You can not hug your dog with virtual arms.

Another interesting thing is how each animal responds to my returns.  Louise goes crazy with jumping and nuzzling (she tries to get inside my flesh she wants to be so close to me).  Muffin ignores me for about 24 hours and then, when he is ready, acknowledges my lowly existence. Sofie whines to be in my presence and won’t let me out of her sight for a really long time (and this return showed a new behavior, she actually nibbled on my arms to make sure I was really there, like she preens the cats).  I even woke up this morning with Noel, the alpha cat, who rarely will grace my bedroom with her presence, staring at me (probably wondering why I have not been in my office upstairs all week, where she primarily lives, and not happy that she had to come and find me).   

The animals (and humans) appear to be relaxed this morning and smiling a lot. For all of us things are back in balance.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Dogs


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16 responses to “6.24.12 Reunion

  1. Doggy's Style

    June 24, 2012 at 07:16

    I’m really curious to see how Doggy reacts the first I’m gone for long, which will happen in a month, he’s my shadow. It’ll interesting to know how his behavior will be with my partner. How you had a nice time in Turkey, that’s a great place I love it.

    • dogdaz

      June 24, 2012 at 07:21

      Leave Doggie a t-shirt or sock with your smell. I find that it helps them sleep better. Yes Turkey was fun. Wish I had more time to spend enjoying rather than working, but wonderful sights and people.

  2. Lindy MacDuff

    June 24, 2012 at 09:37

    Welcome home!

    • dogdaz

      June 24, 2012 at 11:51

      Thanks – nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

  3. The Pawsitive Thinker

    June 24, 2012 at 10:04

    I wish more people understood that they’re not “just pets” and that they are an intergral part of the family. I love coming home to my fuzkids!

    • dogdaz

      June 24, 2012 at 11:52

      Absolutely part of me, for sure.

  4. Margarita

    June 24, 2012 at 13:46

    Mommy’s home and all’s well with the world…aaahhhhh! Welcome home! 🙂

    • dogdaz

      June 24, 2012 at 19:32

      Ah! Yes – Thanks

  5. Chancy and Mumsy

    June 24, 2012 at 14:59

    They just missed you so very much. We are happy along with them that you are back home safe. Hugs and nose kisses

    • dogdaz

      June 24, 2012 at 19:33

      We are all happy now. I don’t know what they are going to do next month when I head to Australia. Oh well, one trip at a time.

  6. Jessica

    June 24, 2012 at 23:35

    This might sound weird, but your description of how your animals reacted to your return home reminded me of how my former preschool students (2-3 yr olds) reacted towards their parents during pick-up time: some would show lots of excitement, while others purposely distanced themselves from them.

    • dogdaz

      June 25, 2012 at 21:42

      I think that personality parallels human and animal. Shy is shy and outgoing is outgoing. Thanks for making the connection.

  7. themisadventuresofmisaki

    June 25, 2012 at 07:55

    welcome home!

    • dogdaz

      June 25, 2012 at 09:20

      Thanks !

  8. Bassas Blog

    June 27, 2012 at 00:53

    It’s strange how Muffin ignores you for about 24 hours – is he sulky? 🙂

    • dogdaz

      June 27, 2012 at 06:35

      No – he is the king and that is his way of showing he will acknowledge me when he is good and ready. To funny.

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