Separation Anxieties

pantryI’m part of a pack.  It has 3 members.  Mummy (Chief Pack Leader), Daddy (2 i/c) and me.  When one of my pack goes away, it’s confusing.  Where is my pack member?  Are they coming back?  WHAT IS GOING ON?

When I was small, Mummy was always around, but Daddy (who is a teacher, and sometimes goes away on school trips) would disappear and that made me nervous.

Even though Mummy was still there, my pack was incomplete – I worried.  I sat by the door waiting for my Daddy. I jumped at car noises, I wouldn’t eat.  I didn’t like sleeping alone.

Recently, I’ve had a few more experiences of pack members going away for a while.  I think I’m getting used to it. Mummy went away to Milan to see her extended pack family two weekends ago and I was left with Daddy.  We did our usual things and whilst I did sit by the door on the first day, I got over myself.  Daddy is LOTS of fun.

Then, last weekend, both Mummy AND Daddy went away to a wedding.  They drafted in Granny and Grandpa to look after me.  Granny said I was a little despondent, but at least I had my own extended pack around to play with.

This weekend (!), Daddy is away with his school again.  Mummy makes sure we go out to the pet shop to let me buy a new squeaky toy when Daddy goes away. I LOVE the pet shop, so that was ok.  New toys!  She also buys me exciting foods, so I eat something, because it’s new.

All in all, I’ve calmed down about missing pack members – they always come back eventually, and we do lots of exciting things when it’s just two of us.  BOL!


Review: Wobble Wag Giggle Ball

So mummy has shown me lots of youtube videos of dogs with the latest toy: a Wobble Wag Giggle Ball.  It looks like a durable toy that doesn’t need batteries, makes lots of fun noises and rolls around.  So she bought one for me.

IMG_4259Toys don’t last long in my house.  I love noisy toys and rip eyes, legs, fastenings, squeakers, stuffing out of them ALL.  Mummy is always sewing my toys back together, replacing stuffing, performing teddy surgery etc.  So this new toy seemed perfect… I was super excited to get this new toy.

To be fair, I’m always super excited to get new toys.  At the weekends we sometimes go to our local pet shop so I can pick out a new toy myself because I’m quite fussy.  Sometimes they last 2 hours, sometimes they last forever (with a lot of surgery), but mostly my favourite ones don’t pass the 7 day mark.

What did I think of this Wobble Wag Giggle Ball?

I was confused.  I couldn’t find out where the noise was coming from (because it was so durable, I couldn’t chew into it).  It irritated me, because I couldn’t break it.  BUT: It kept my attention!

It also irritated mummy because it’s quite solid and heavy.  It crashes quite loudly into things and will probably upset the neighbours.  So it’s been rationed.  I can have it for 15 minutes a day only.  To save my sanity and that of my mummy and our neighbours!

A partially Chuck-friendly toy – maybe I’ll get over how frustrating it is one day, and learn to just enjoy it!