Tisen had a hard day on Thursday. Normally, Tisen’s day is filled with the following duties:
- Guarding Mommy from displays of affection from Daddy
- Cleaning his food bowl with his tongue
- Taking Duck, Mr. Beaver, Lamb, ‘Possum, Eddie, or Minnie for a walk around the park 3 times a day
- Taking Daddy for a walk around the neighborhood to make sure all is secure before bed
- Rolling the lawn at the park to make sure it’s bump free by using his own body weight
- Looking adorable
- And, most importantly, napping.
Since we had a date night Thursday night, Tisen had to spend the night with some friends. The pooch party started late in the afternoon–he went to the tail end (hee hee!) of day care so he could have play time with his new friends before bedding down for the night.
I had a very hard time with this. I’ve never sent a dog on a sleep over before. We always had dog sitters who could come to our house. Now, we were leaving Tisen in the care of relative strangers overnight. And we didn’t even know the other kids invited to the party!
I thought since he’s been going there to play, it wouldn’t be so hard on him or me. But, he didn’t want to go in with the other dogs when we got there. Even though I’ve watched him on the webcam and know once he gets inside, he has a good time, it broke my heart to have to walk back with him to get him to go in. I left quickly and tried not to cry on the way home.
He was absolutely livid with me when I went to pick him up in the morning. I gave him Duck to hold in his mouth so he wouldn’t try to grab my hands with his teeth. I had trouble paying because he was trying to drag me out the door. I guess he thought he was going back to a dog kennel for good.
Today, he seems to be back in his normal routine. Napping every thirty minutes (assuming he bothered to wake up between naps), taking a walk every 4 hours, and being generally cute.
But, yesterday, I thought he might have permanent psychological damage. He followed me around like he was afraid I’d disappear. When he napped, he napped at my feet with some part of him in physical contact.
Is sleeping in a kennel in his own bed really so different from sleeping at the foot of our bed?
As for the pictures, having gotten advice from a friend to work with one light until I can predict what it will do, I’m happy to catch Tisen napping on the couch. By keeping the light far away, he only opens his eyes into tiny slits every once in a while. The other two pictures used available (if bad) light. Tisen’s a good model when he’s trying to catch up on sleep.
- George Tisen and Mr. Beaver (nomadicmainstream.com)
- Sunrise, Day Care, and Separation Anxiety (nomadicmainstream.com)
- Sleepless Dog Names (nomadicmainstream.com)