Girls Write Out
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
We're ready to embark on a family vacation and whenever the suitcases come out, my dog doesn't leave my side.  She knows something's up and she's not about to let us get away without her.  Tomorrow however, she has a house/dog sitter coming, and I can't help but feel guilty.  Like I'm abandoning one of my own.

I hear Fiona calling, "What about me?"  Fiona is my first dog, and I never understood how they become so important to your life.  Such a part of your family...and I'm leaving her behind.

Now I have guilt.  I couldn't leave her in a kennel.  I'm really looking forward to the vacation -- I just wish the whole family was coming...

Doesn't she look like she knows I'm up to something?

posted at 1:20 AM  
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At 6:29 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I'm sure you're reading something into it that really isn't there.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

No she's not. Dogs know when you're leaving. They aren't stupid. They hate being left behind. But enjoy yourself, K! Your little girl will be fine.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger jel said...

bring her something Really nice back and she will forgive ya! :)

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I know what you mean, Kris. Out cats freak so much when the suitcases come out that I've started packing when they're outside or downstairs. You can definitely hear it in their voices and see it in their faces and actions--such as when they jump into the suitcases and refuse to get out.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Mary Curry said...

I so understand.

Our 4 yr old dog is the first one I ever had and he's a rescue dog. He was about 8 weeks old when we got him.

We'd had him exactly one year when we all had to go away for my daughter's college graduation. My husband found a farm that took dogs from the city to have weekends playing in the country. We thought he'd be so thrilled to be at the farm.

Um, NO. They posted videos online. Every other dog was running and playing. But not ours. :(
When he finally came home, he leapt all over us and then ran around the house like a crazy dog. It was like he'd expected never to come back to us. I don't know if him being a rescue played into it, but I'll tell you, we haven't taken a vacation since. :(

At 3:25 AM, Blogger Ronya said...

I am a pet sitter and I know from speaking to many pet families that their animals tend to do better with a pet sitter than going to a kennel or such. It keeps their routine more regular as well as keeping them in a familiar environment. Will your pet sitter being spending the night with your precious one?

My recommendation...don't let yourself feel guilty over it. Your doggy is for sure going to miss you and going to LOVE seeing you come home, but I haven't had any animals sulk the whole time their families are away. When you've chosen a good sitter, your precious one will become comfortable with your "fill-in" and do well while you're away.

Enjoy your time away - check in with the sitter if it makes you feel better. Sometimes I have families leave special treats or toys for while they're away.

Have a great trip!

Haha...Cheryl...I stayed with my cousin's three kittens while she was away for a week. As she was packing one hopped in her suitcase and didn't want to get out. As I was leaving (because she was coming back) the same kitten decided to sleep on my shoes so I couldn't leave. :O)

Animals are so much fun! Although I love pet sitting...I can't wait until I'm in a place of my own and can have my own precious ones to love! :O)

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

I know what you mean,Kristin, I wish my whole family was coming on our vacation as well. Except I have to take the dog... I'm leaving my husband behind. He's also thinking there is something up, and won't leave my side as I'm packing.... lol

At 4:52 AM, Blogger Jennifair17 said...

I have watched over my friend's 3 pups for the last couple of years. They definitely miss mom and dad but we have a good time. Your little one will be fine and will be very happy when you get home. Have fun!

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Thank you all!! Fiona did fine. She had lots of company and didn't seem too worse for the wear. Vacation was so needed!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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