Great News for Pet People.....and My Pet Guilt
For those of you who get the print version of The Leaf-Chronicle, you might have noticed the news about the redesign of the paper and the new communities news section that's coming. That section will be part of my new job duties starting in a few weeks. One of the things we are starting is a "Me and My Pet" online slide show for readers' favorite pet photos! Pictures of you and your pets or just your pets alone. I am not sure when it it will be up and running, but it will be soon! You can send as many pictures as you want; just send each photo in a separate e-mail, with the pictures no bigger than 1MB. E-mail to: email@example.com with "community pet photo" in the subject line. In the email body identify who is in the photo and your name and phone in case we need to reach you.
This will be a GREAT way for us to share all of our pet photos with each other and others. Of course, I'll still be posting pictures here too, to go along with our conversations and topics.
More news: I now work nights, but in a week or so, will be going to day shift, with various hours. So I will have to readjust my entire body clock and life once again, and I will probably be a mess for awhile until all the changes at work take place. So bear with me! I will also be dealing with pet parent guilt, as it's been several years since I've had to leave the dogs home all day by themselves. I actually like working nights, because they are alone for only a couple of hours until The Boss gets home. The cats I don't worry about, as they are more independent.
The dogs will be outside now while we are at work, as we don't have a pet door for the dogs and The Boss won't put one in, for several reasons and a bone of contention with me. But that's for another day's griping! LOL. We have a fenced yard (and a lock on the gate) and a huge covered deck with three dog houses that each have a cushion and soft cushion cover. There is a plug-in water bowl to prevent freezing. The Boss says THEY WILL BE FINE, but of course, I worry. It's cold. It will be hot. They like being outside to run and bark at squirrels, and we live in the country so there is no worry about disturbing neighbors. I'm just afraid Scooter would be too wound up if left inside all day. Tramp and Penny stayed outside when I worked full-time days before, but as I get older I worry more.
I wanted to get a heat pad for the dog houses, but the ones I saw were EXPENSIVE. I think I'll use the microwave heat disc instead if I think they need heat, but the deck is on the south side so the sun keeps things warm. Picture above is of Penny in a dog house on the deck. I can't believe she's been gone almost 6 years.
So, how do any working pet parents deal with these issues? The guilt? The worry? Or am I just nuts, as The Boss thinks? (I'm sure Dragon boy agrees!)
posted by Sandy at 1/28/2007 01:57:00 PM