Hey everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday, and that you and your pooches got to spend some quality time together, and hopefully get some good toys.
We've just arrived back home from Christmas, and I am super exhausted. We have to drive about 7 hours to get back home, so it's a long time in the car. We decided to only go for a couple days (much to the dismay of my MIL) and I noticed a couple of things that made me sad.
1. Levi does not enjoy being back in Kingston. He seems nervous, anxious, and he paces, a lot. I think he gets nervous we are going to leave him there, and he just struggles to settle. He seems happy enough, and enjoys dog park, running around the backyard, and hanging out with the family, but he just seems a little bit..."off". It makes me sad.
2. My MIL has a very specific way of how dog's should behave, and it's very different from how they are expected to behave at our house. So I think they struggle, and she gets annoyed, which makes us annoyed, and it's just a vicious circle.
3. Heidi and my sister's female Dachshund do NOT seem to enjoy each other's company. Molly is a serious RG, and also seriously like to mount other dogs. (In fact she mounts the male Dachshund like crazy, poor Norman). Well, she attempted to mount Heidi, and Heidi let her know exactly what she thought about that. Since the initial snark, they seemed to have very little patience for each other. Molly seemed to try to antagonize Heidi, by say dropping her bone near Heidi, then growling when Heidi looked/smelled/licked it. So then Heidi would snap back.
I did notice, they never really touched each other with their mouths. Not even once. It was all noise, and ugly wrinkled faces. And Heidi was actually making noises while turning her head away, so I guess it was an angry/appeasement gesture?
4. I seriously hate the back and forth that happens. Load up the dogs, go to MIL. Load up the dogs go to my parents. Can't take the dogs to my Grandmothers, so need to make sure they're happy and tired.
Long story short, I'm glad the holidays are over. How did everyone else do?