I spent four days back in Columbus for both work and personal activities, although I’m afraid I had too tight a schedule to see everyone I wanted to see.
There was one “person” who was particularly upset that I didn’t manage to work him into my schedule for four days straight: Tisen.
My poor boy suffered greatly from the lack of a mother. No one told him (in a high, happy voice) he’s the best dog in the whole world for four days. No one rubbed his armpits in the exact spot he likes so well. He didn’t get to take any of his toys with him on walks. And no lap was acceptable to rest his head on while mine wasn’t an option.
In spite of all our efforts to create a bond between Tisen and Daddy so that Tisen would be OK without me, he was a very sad boy indeed.
Over the past few weeks, Pat has become the sole feeder of the dog. The good news is that even though Tisen was depressed, he kept eating for the most part. But, he wouldn’t cuddle with Daddy on the couch. As long as I was gone, if Pat called Tisen to come lay with him, Tisen would run and hide, sometimes even going to the bedroom and getting in his crate.
Pat was worried enough about Tisen’s strange behavior, including sleeping most the day, that he didn’t take Tisen to doggy day care, thinking Tisen wasn’t up for it.
As I drove home, I could think of little else besides my poor boy suffering from my absence. I confess I may have driven a little faster than was prudent.
When I got to our door, I knocked loudly, but I heard nothing inside. I dug out my key and swung the door wide, calling “Hello?” No one. I walked the rest of the way into the apartment to discover it was empty.
Two friends I didn’t get to see in Columbus had stopped in to see us at home. Pat was out walking with them and Tisen and hadn’t heard his phone buzzing when I’d called. So much for my emotional homecoming.
Instead, I drove over to where they were to pick them up. Tisen seemed not to recognize me at first, but then he started running at me and licking my face. Later, our friends commented about how much perkier he seemed now that I was home.
Currently, I am laying on the bed typing this. Tisen dozes on a blanket on the floor right next to the bed. He dozed off for a while, but then started awake and immediately lifted his head to check and see if I was still here.
Since I didn’t have a chance to take any new photos tonight, I pulled together a montage of Tisen photos. While many are not such great images, they all helped get me through the four days of separation.