Friday, August 24, 2012

Where's Grandma?


Experts say that change is hard on canines. Whether it be a new environment. Or divorce. Whether it be the arrival of a new baby. Or some move to another home. Whatever mental and emotional adjustments required, it is hard on canines, experts say. They're like people this way. For canines love routine. And, such as with human beings, every dog adapts to change differently. Yesterday afternoon, my Grandmother arrived for a visit from California. She will stay here throughout the course of two weeks. Two weeks. I was curious within my mind how Rose would handle this temporary change, fretting that it might confuse her. To Rose, Grandma is a perfect stranger.... And now she's invading our home!! But I ignored one truth. Rose is my sociable girl, and seemingly has this set-in-stone opinion about mankind: Everybody must love her!! Not a "dog person"? Too bad!! Rose will transform you with those magical colossal brown eyes of hers!! Like they possess the power to bewitch, or something!! And it works.... Nearly every time!! How does she do that? When Grandma arrived, I was walking Rose. She knew that something was happening. Immediately. However, we kept right on walking for two reasons. That Grandma step foot into our home sans a welcome of high-pitched baying. And, so when her suitcases were being carried, Rose would not escape out the wide-open front door!! Plus I was extremely nervous. Extremely nervous. I get this way whenever Rose meets new people!! High-strung like some child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Which never helps Rose!! Must. Calm. Down!! Rose's meet-and-greet with Grandma ran as smoothly as can be expected!! Once our front door was closed, I unhooked her red leash. Rose bound toward Grandma, and let out this brief series of baying!! Her happy sound.... This means that she likes Grandma!! That evening, my tired Grandmother slipped away and changed into her pajamas. Once Rose noticed Grandma's absence, she stood up from her lying position. Rose walked over to the white Lifetime chair where Grandma had been sitting. Her black nostrils peered beneath Grandma's seat. Rose's head turned this direction and that direction. It was as though her mind was thinking: Where's Grandma? She was here a second ago. My nostrils can still detect her scent!! Where is she? It must have felt to Rose as though Grandma had disappeared into her magic lamp like some genie!! Once Grandma returned, Rose was satisfied!! Our "new" family member had come back!! All is right with her world!!     

22 comments:

scotsmad said...

We don't like strangers coming into OUR house either.....but we settle down very quickly when they give us some scratchies.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Molly The Wally said...

How sweet. We hope grandma has a lovely stay with you. Have a lovely Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Finn said...

AW~ enjoy your visitors for the next two weeks!

Priscilla said...

It is amazing to know how dogs adapt to their new environment or get to know some new family members. So glad to hear that Rose was doing so well when Grandma arrived and she has accepted her as a new family member so soon. You did a great job!

Raelyn said...

Daisy, Bella & Roxy....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Yep!! That is what Rose did.... She settled down quickly!! And, Grandma may not be one of those so-called "dog people", nonetheless, she has stroked Rose's velvet-soft fur!! Hardly anybody can resist those magical colossal brown eyes!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Molly....
Thank-you for the comment!!
I hope that Grandma has a lovely stay with us, too!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Finn....
Thank-you for commenting!!
May the conversations, hours of board games, movie-watching, and adventures begin!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Priscilla....
Thank-you for the comment.... My new Follower!! ;)
"It is amazing to know how dogs adapt to their new environment or get to know some new family members.". My point made. Your point taken!! ;op

Lorenza said...

Sometimes strangers coming to my house scares me.
But once I sniff them.... everything is ok!
Glad Rose is happy with your Grandma's visit!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Raelyn said...

Lorenza....
Thank-you for the comment!!
And welcome back, my Blogging Friend!! ;)
Rose love, love, loves Grandma being here!! ;op

coffeedog said...

how fun to have your grandmother come for a visit!
i think dogs know the difference between a "stranger" and "family". bailey doesn't have any trouble with my parents even though she has only seen them a few times. even upon their very first meeting, she went up to my mom with no hesitation whatsoever. i think we must have a similar scent that they can pick up on.
wags.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

You should see our three when we have visitors. It is like an insane asylum (or you wish you were in one just to get away from the barking!)
Rose is such a good girl.
Lynne x

Raelyn said...

coffeedog....
Thank-you for commenting!!
"I think dogs know the difference between a 'stranger' and 'family'.". That is quite an interesting point, there!! I like it!! I have just never thought about dogs knowing the difference between a stranger and family before!! Thank-you for this newfound perspective!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Lynne....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Oh.... I can only imagine!! But what an image you have painted into my head!! Hee, hee, hee....
Rose is a good girl!! I have been very, very, very blessed!! ;op

Stacey said...

Aw, this is such a sweet post. Rose seems like she has such a great temperament and I bet everyone loves her :-)

Raelyn said...

Stacey....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Rose does have a great temperament.... And, oh yes, everyone loves her!! ;op

Rama's Mama said...

Aw, she likes Grandma! Yay! Ours love their Grandmas very much. :-) Grandpa is not so crazy about the slobber, but he offers a pat here and there. ;-)

Raelyn said...

Rama's Mama....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Yes, Rose does like Grandma!! Grandma is not particularly an "anima person", but she has stroked Rose's velvet-soft fur!! Hardly anybody can resist those magical colossal brown eyes!! ;op

Suka said...

What a great story! Rose always lives up to expectations! She is so sweet and beautiful, and we knew she could melt any heart with her gorgeous eyes! I am sure she also felt the love of your family members toward your grandma, so that must have helped Rose remain calm and inviting toward her. We are very happy that the next two weeks will be full of happiness and love and fun with your grandma!

Suka and K

Raelyn said...

Suka and K....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Rose always lives up to expectations! She is so sweet and beautiful, and we knew she could melt any heart with her gorgeous eyes!". That's right!! ;)
"I am sure she also felt the love of your family members toward your grandma, so that must have helped Rose remain calm and inviting toward her.". I have never thought about it quite that way!! Thank-you for this newfound perspective!! ;op

Alison said...

I'm so glad to hear rose took the change well. Good idea on walking her while your Grandma settled in.

Raelyn said...

Alison....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Yeah.... We were both a little high-strung that day!! ;op