Pet rituals and routines
Do you have any rituals or routines that your pets just love?
My dog Zoe, a real Daddy's girl, gets to go with The Boss to the garbage dump every Saturday morning. She whines like crazy when she knows it’s time to roll. The routine is so set in her mind that now whenever I simply take out garbage just to the outside can, she thinks it’s time to go for her ride and starts squealing like a pig! When it’s really time to go, she hops in the truck and sits calmly and quietly. It’s so cute to see how much she loves this adventure. I swear, she looks proud in that truck, because she sure loves special time with her beloved Daddy! The above picture isn’t the best, but it shows the joy on Zoe’s face as she looks at The Boss.
I recently started a ritual with my Little Man, Peanut the Mama’s boy. When I get home from work late at night, I greet the excited dogs and get ready for bed. Zoe and Scooter settle back down, but Peanut sticks by me, because he knows my next step is to fix something to eat. We don’t feed our dogs food from the table or kitchen, because we have enough issues without creating three little beggars. But sometimes we “accidentally” let something drop on the floor for one of them, like a small piece of chicken. (Can’t do this if more than one is around or there’ll be a smack down!)
So now, every night when I come home and am fixing something to eat, I let a tiny bit of something drop for Peanut. He lurks in the kitchen until I'm finished, hoping something else will drop. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s our special time for just the two of us, something hard to find when you have several pets. Dogs are great for when you truly accidently spill something edible, because instead of having to bend down and clean it, you just call the doggie maid to lick it right up!And they are very thorough in their cleaning! Peanut loves this job. I think it's because he hates to see me work hard in the kitchen!:)
So now Peanut and Zoe have a ritual to look forward to, but what about Scooter? Well, he’s the dog I take with me when the Humane Society or some other organization has a pet event, because he’s great on a leash and perfectly behaved in public, thanks to his private dog training. Since he's my most difficult child, my ritual with him is putting up with his Dennis the Menace ways!
posted by Sandy at 1/16/2007 12:04:00 PM