Wednesday, August 29, 2012

False Neglect


Blogging Friends.... This post was supposed to be "published" yesterday night. But, alas, I was exhausted!! I could hardly keep my eyes open, much less hear myself think!! Sigh.... I need to be "on" whenever I'm editing my work. Interesting. I do not need to be "on" when I'm writing!! My "brain juices" simply must flow!!

Routine. Canines abide by it. For they possess the ability to tell time, experts say!! And, who can blame these beautiful four-legged creatures? After all, owners feed them on regular schedules. They are walked at the same time each day. Even love and affection can be fit into a schedule!! I am guilty of doing that!! So when something colossal occurs, a canine's life can, to them, seemingly be turned upside down!! Upside down. Rose may have provided Grandma with her hearty bay-filled welcome-to-our-home greeting. However. Two days was enough for Rose. Enough. On Saturday, we all piled into our Chevy minivan, and drove to a museum-like location. No canines allowed. Rose, of course, disliked that!! She so badly wanted to come with!! Truly Rose thought it was strange that, immediately after Grandma settled in, we would be leaving!! Sans her. Oh, she was very upset with me!! Rose's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder "relapsed". It does that occasionally. For Rose is a usually calm mutt, so hyperactivity seldom ever happens!! She ran from room to room, bouncing off our walls like Winnie the Pooh's Tigger!! Seriously!! Following our exit, Rose balanced her front legs upon the living room window, and those mighty vocal chords let out this pathetic series of high-pitched baying!! Which happens sometimes. My heart shattered like some broken glass as I listened helplessly to Rose's lonesome crying before we drove away. I hate leaving her under these circumstances!! Hate it. I said my silent prayer, which by now is routine, that God "be with Rose, keep her safe, and remind her that I'll never leave her, nor forsake her". Then, the next morning, on Sunday, we all piled into our car--once again--for church. Rose was considerably calmer that time!! Yes!! However, that afternoon, Rose became clingy to me. As though I were a refrigerator, and she was some strong magnet!! Strange. It was as though we had travelled back in time to when she was newly adopted!! Everywhere I walked, Rose followed. Plus, she was obviously fidgety.  What's wrong, Rose? I had zero idea. It's not like I am ignoring Rose because Grandma is here. I could never be that type of Mama!! I know my little girl's needs, wants, and behaviors. I understand Rose. She needs my loving. Needs it. So, I have stroked Rose's velvet-soft fur whenever possible. I've continued with her walks. I have given Rose several baby carrots. I am certain that Grandma now considers me some weird and crazy "dog person". But that is okay!! Because I am!! It is the truth about me which I cannot deny!! Anyway. Should you ask Rose what is going on around here, she would most likely whine: Nobody's paying enough attention to me!! Doesn't anyone understand that I'm the most important creature who ever walked this planet? Anyone? Will you pet me? Will you? Will you? Will you? This is animal neglect!! But. Do not believe one single word!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

20 comments:

Molly The Wally said...

Raelyn we know you dote on Rose and she knows too. As you say she is the most important thing on the planet. Have a great Wednesday and we hope grandma is enjoying her stay.
Best wishes Molly

Finn said...

Aw! I hate leaving FInn behind also, but sometimes it is a must. Sometimes I tell her all about my day and where I have been while I was gone. Not like she understands, but it makes me feel better. That even though we were apart, I carried her around all day with me.

Suka said...

Sounds like you are doing a good job handling Rose's mood swings. I am sorry she is feeling neglected, but I think that happens when new situations occur. Dogs have different ways of adjusting and it seems Rose just needs reassurance from you that an added person, your grandma, will not upset your normal routines. I am sure in a few days she will settle down. It is great that you are so attuned to Rose's feelings and thus can address them right away. Good luck, and Rosie, everything is fine so please relax and just enjoy your grandma's visit. :->

Suka and K

3 doxies said...

Yep, we doggies be likes clock work so I ain't surprised Rose acted odd when you lefted hers.
And just likes Rose needs your love...you needs hers too.

Puddles

Raelyn said...

Molly....
Thank-you for the comment!!
I needed that encouragement, unbeknownst to me!! Thank-you!! ;op
Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

Raelyn said...

Finn....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Sometimes I tell her all about my day and where I have been while I was gone. Not like she understands, but it makes me feel better. That even though we were apart, I carried her around all day with me.". What a neat idea!! ;op

scotsmad said...

Rose is right....the world DOES revolve around her!

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Raelyn said...

Suka and K....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Mood swings"? Rose has "mood swings"!! Well, like Mama, like canine, I guess!! We are female, hear us.... Uh.... Bark? Hee, hee, hee.... ;-D
"It is great that you are so attuned to Rose's feelings and thus can address them right away.". Thanks. I'm doing the best I can!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Puddles....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Just likes Rose needs your love...you needs hers too.". Agreed!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Daisy, Bella & Roxy....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Oh yeah!! This is obvious to everybody, too!! We do not hide it!! ;op

Lorenza said...

I love my routines too!
But... if my grandma or my mom needs to go out without me... I don't cry... but I make sure they know I am not a happy girl by giving them a very long face!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Raelyn said...

Lorenza....
Thank-you for the comment!!
A long face!! Yeah.... Rose usually does that!! ;op

Priscilla said...

Rose is a lucky girl!

Eva loves routines and she has her own CLOCK that we are still learning how to read it.

Raelyn said...

Priscilla....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Well.... I am still learning, too.... ;op

Nola said...

Aw, poor Rose!
Nola is a dog that gets bored with routine (minus her food one ;), so thankfully she doesn't have issues with this kind of thing
Nola's Mom

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

It is really hard to leave them isn't it. When I go to work hubby says ours sulk all day and wont move till I get back.
Lynne x

Raelyn said...

Nola's Mom....
Interesting. I have never heard of a canine who "gets bored" with routine!! Well, we all know that Nola is special!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Lynne....
Thank-you for the comment!!
They "sulk all day and won't move till you get back". Shadow did that!! And. During vacations which did not involve her, Shadow refused to eat, even!! ;op

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think that Rose thinks your the best mom in the world!
love
tweedles

Raelyn said...

Tweedles....
Thank-you!! I oft wonder what Rose thinks about me, her weird and crazy Mama!! Hee, hee, hee.... ;op