Bunny here at the keyboard writing about my Saturday.
We got a bunch more snow on Friday and it was still coming down on Saturday, so I wasn’t feeling too lucky about my chances of getting out. I was a little baffled when Mom brought my hospice visiting vest in and had me practice my “on it” some in the house. I humored her, because I’m generous that way, but I wasn’t really sure what the point was. I got treats for it, so in the end, I had no complaints.
Then, to my surprise, Mom packed up our stuff very neatly again, she put my jacket and harness on and we headed out to the car. It was just me going and that certainly didn’t hurt my feelings any. I was more than happy to get a chance to get out of the house. Dad even came along as our chauffeur.
I always enjoy a private outing all to myself.
It’s not that I don’t love the rest of my pack, but a princess sometimes needs her own time to be adored by her public. You know that absence makes the heart grow fonder, too. Flattery and Morgan didn’t share my enthusiasm about the whole plan, but that didn’t stop me from going out and enjoying myself.
It turns out that our destination was to visit some of my hospice patients at the nursing home. We haven’t been able to get out as much as we wanted to this past month because we had so much dangerous weather. I was feeling pretty excited to go and visit with my patients. One of them just recently turned one hundred, which is a lot of dog years, and I hadn’t seen her since her party. The other one was a person I’d be meeting for the first time.
It turns out that they were both asleep.
I was a bit disappointed. I braved the snow and cold to go and visit them, and they weren’t even going to know I was there. You’d think they’d wake up in my royal presence, but both of them just kept sawing logs. I guess they didn’t get the memo on royal protocol.
At first, I was thinking that I’d gone all that way for nothing. However, as I walked through the hallways, I encountered a lot of senior humans and almost all of them wanted to pet me. Everybody wanted to talk to me and pet me. Of course, I graciously allowed them some of my attention. I went all that way for some attention, I might as well get some from somebody, even if it wasn’t from the people I planned to see.
Even though things didn’t turn out the way we planned, I was glad we went.
We’ve all had cabin fever after being cooped up for so long in the house. Those senior humans have been cooped up a lot longer than I have. I can’t imagine not having any visitors or company for a long time. It would be a lot worse than cabin fever, I think. I try not to imagine a world where people don’t want to visit me, but I know that some of the humans there have that problem.
It wasn’t my plan for Saturday, but it was a nice way to get out of the house. It was also a good feeling to bring a little cheer with me. Who knew all humans needed to be happy was the wag of a tail? We dogs have more power than a lot of people realize. I feel really lucky that I get to share that with so many.