I’m a bit panicked.
I head to Seattle for work Friday and am leaving the dogs behind. It’s a quick, two night trip, but it’s the first time I have left Stella since July. You know, the trip where I got an ulcer? I feel calmer about it this time around, but still don’t like the idea of having to leave her.
It’s funny though. For more than 15 years this dog has been making me feel anxiety about leaving her. When she was younger she was “easier” but would also require a lot of exercise, and I always worried she wouldn’t get enough in my absence. Then, there was the time my pet sitter told me, upon my return, that Stella had taken off and was found trotting down the road back to my house. Which was about 15 miles away.
So, really, in the grand scheme of things, maybe Stella is easier to care for now? Now that she mostly wants to sleep and has short spurts of energy? But she does require a potty break during the night, and she does require her meds, so I’m clearly anxious about making sure those things happen for her. I have a good pet sitter in place, so I think everything will be fine.
was is going to be the year of travel, as I put off so many plans last year. I’ve got trips to New Orleans and eastern Washington planned for work in April and May, and from there, things just start snowballing between horse shows and work trips. I honestly think Stella will be fine. It’s just tough to ask someone to petsit with the caveat that they won’t sleep through the night. And they have to make sure they’re home at 7:30am and 7:30pm to give her her meds.
Old dogs are just tough to leave. I think that’s what it comes down to.
But Stella is a tough gal, and knowing her, she’ll probably enjoy getting a break from me. Siri will help take care of her and again, it’s only two nights.
It’ll be fine, right?????