It's March! That means that I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. I am happy to co-host this event with the team at Two Writing Teachers. Everyone is welcome!
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Slice of Life- 20 of 31: Adjusting like a pro
On weekend mornings, I head downstairs in my pajamas and slippers, turn the coffee maker on, and greet Okie. We've tried to give Okie free reign of the house, but he doesn't settle well with the second floor as an option. Without the gate at the bottom of the stairs, he makes early morning (and I mean between 1 and 3) house rounds with loud toenails on the wood steps, ears flapping as he shakes, itchy spots as he scratches next to my bed, and then dry spots to lick (loudly). He's not a settled dog when he has too many options.
This morning, Clare's dog Winnie came bouncing down the stairs as I put Okie's collar on. Clare came home for the weekend, and with Clare comes Winnie. Unlike Okie, Winnie sleeps on beds, very peacefully.
Okie had to wait while I found hers so she could come for a morning relief session, as well. He had to wait again because she takes care of her business right away. He prefers a spot at the other end of the cul de sac. And then, when we came inside, Okie's favorite routine of the day also had a tweak. Instead of getting his breakfast as soon as I put the scoop of food in his bowl, he had to wait for me to also put Winnie's food in her bowl. He sat staring me down with a glob of drool forming. He was quiet, though, and he maintained his manners, sitting down as I placed his bowl on his mat.
I'm proud of Okie. For a guy who needs his night time routines and space limitations for a settled sleep, he adjusts to other changes in routines like a pro, even when they involve some of life's most important events like eating and relieving. Good dog, Okie.