It’s been a long week at our house. Maybe it’s getting used to going back to work after having all those snow days. It might also have something to do with the fact that this was conference week at school. Thursday night I didn’t get home until almost bedtime. I was mobbed by four happy dogs when I got home, though, which made me feel better. At least the girls missed me.
After slowly making my way through the kitchen and sitting my things down I was able to kneel down and greet each of them properly. It seemed that each of them had something they needed to tell me.
Lilac: I’m hungry, dammit! Dad didn’t arrange my kibble in my bowl the way I like it! Where were you?
Blueberry: It was horrible! Dad took Morgan and Bunny for a walk and left me here!
Morgan: Where have you been?! Do you have any idea how worried I’ve been about you? Let me give you a thorough sniff over and see what you’ve been up to!
Bunny: I’ve missed you! Oh, I had to share a walk with Morgan and Dad and it wasn’t nearly as fun as it is with you and I had to eat my food and fight off Morgan and Blueberry and Dad didn’t do anything about it and I had to share the couch with Blue and Morgan and I had to sit in the middle with no armrest and I’ve really missed you! Promise me you aren’t leaving again.
I’ll just say for the record that some dogs in our house might be prone to exaggeration. Mr. Taleteller is quite fond of his girls and I don’t believe for a second that any injustices were actually committed. It’s nice to be missed, though, and I was really glad to see them, too. I made my way to the couch to sit down and unwind a little before going to bed.
Usually, the Greyhounds lounge about the house during the evening while Morgan goes on patrol. This night, Bunny was curled up tightly against me on the couch, suddenly stretced out as much as her tiny frame could be so that no one else would be interested in dethroning her. Blueberry laid down on the bed nearest me, making eye contact with me every time I looked up. Lilac kept walking over and pressing her head against my chest, making me pet her until her butt was drooping to the floor. Morgan couldn’t decide if she should patrol or keep a constant eye on me lest I think about separating from the pack again.
Friday, I got off work early because I had worked late Thursday night. Mr. Taleteller decided to take the afternoon off and join me. When I got home, the girls were more than a little excited. It was obviously a pleasant change to their routine.
Morgan: You’re home early! Oh my dog! Can it really be true? How did this happen?
Me: I’m home early to spend time with you girls. We have a long weekend ahead of us. What would you all like to do?
Blueberry: I have GOT to get out of this house! You have to take me somewhere! It’s not fair that I never get to go with this stupid splint on.
Lilac: Make sure you feed me! Oh, and I need extra neck scratches!
Morgan: HIKING! Oh, the sun is shining! Let’s go right now! Just let me grab my Wolf Pack!
Bunny: Hiking sounds nice, and maybe a trip to the dog park. Oh, and I need some snuggle time. Perhaps tomorrow morning in the bed. Oh, yes, and I need Bunny time!
Me: Well, the good news is that we have all of those things planned. As a matter of fact, we’re going to the dog park right now. Blue, you’re going for a ride by yourself later. Lilac, we’ll make sure we scratch you if you can at least let us sleep until when the alarm clock would normally go off.
Lilac: I can make promises, but my bladder has a mind of its own.
Me: Um, well, it’s the thought that counts. Can you at least give it a try?
Lilac: I’ll try to only wake Dad up in the morning. Is it a deal?
Me: It works for me.
So, our weekend started early with a trip to the dog park. Bunny and Morgan ran and played to their hearts’ content with a young Shepherd/Husky cross until Morgan had turned into a mudball. Bunny managed to get only her little toes dirty, even while running like a little dervish through the park. We stopped at the season opening of the local Ice Cream Shack and enjoyed the surprisingly pleasant afternoon. Bunny and Morgan’s spirits weren’t even diminished by taking baths when we got home. I guess the pleasant outlook for the long weekend is contagious. Sometimes you just have to take time to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Early Spring weather has a way of reminding you about those things. Now I’ll just hope that Lilac’s bladder will remember her promise to let us sleep in just a little. May everyone’s weekend be pleasant and full of things you’ve been waiting to do!
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