Yesterday was a glorious day! The weather was amazing and I think we’ve ended the separation stress!
I started out the morning with a play session inside and then we went on a 45 minute walk.
We played a little more in the backyard when we returned home. Sadie was tired and went into her crate when we got back in the house. I closed the door and watched a little TV while she fell asleep. I got up and moved around the house doing some chores. I also made lunch and ate it! She watched me, but didn’t cry. She eventually went back to sleep. I went upstairs and stayed out of sight for 30 minutes. Totally quiet downstairs. She slept.
I let her out and fed her lunch. We went outside a had a very small play/potty session. I decided to make a quick trip to the dry cleaners. I put her in her crate and set up the video camera. I left the house the way I always do, but I did not shut the garage door.
When I returned 15 minutes later…. quiet. I found a sleeping dog that was looking at me like, oh, your home?!
I eagerly rewound the tape (yep, tape… our video camera is 10 years old… we never use it! I had to tape over a Vegas trip because where do I find VHS mini-tapes! LOL!) and watched the video…. Sadie slept the entire time, no whining, no crying. 🙂
A friend came over for a visit in the afternoon, and it was a good day for ice cream, so I put Sadie back into her crate and I set the video recorder again. We were gone for 30 minutes. This time I went out the front door. She was quiet when I left and quiet when I returned. The video evidence… a sleeping dog! 🙂
Around 4pm, Sadie and I wanted to enjoy the glorious weather and went on another 45 minute walk. Sadie loved the walk and met a number of children who LOVED her! It was funny to walk by people who didn’t acknowledge Sadie… she looked offended that they didn’t pet her and tell her she was beautiful! Upon our return to the backyard, Sadie “played” with her neighbor friends through the fence. We have plans to play in one yard, soon!
I decided to put Sadie in her crate one last time. I went to the gym for 45 minutes. Video tape recording. This time I went out the garage door and closed the door.
She was just waking up when I walked in the door. Very calm. Video evidence…. 45 minutes of sleeping. No crying, no whining! 🙂
I was on cloud nine yesterday and slept so much better… it was like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I’m not sure what made the change. I did increase the walk from 30 to 45 minutes. I did make her crate VERY comfortable. It used to have just a towel, but when she slept better upstairs on the big comfy dog bed, I decided to put a pillow in her downstairs crate, too. Maybe it just clicked with her that we do return. I’m going to continue to tape while I’m out this week, just to make sure yesterday wasn’t a fluke day. And the 45 minute walks will continue, too! 🙂 It’s supposed to be 76 degrees today… so, we’re off to spend the day outdoors! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!