My husband and I are heading to Paris to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this weekend, but I know one family member who will be less than thrilled that I’m taking this trip; my sweet furry child, Bruno.
I am his mother, his daily routine, and when I disrupt this routine, Bruno gets depressed and waits for his normalcy to return in his human family.
Do you experience the same thing?
I, like many dog owners, have witnessed this type of behavior in our sweet furry children and many of us choose not to leave the dogs behind.
They actually have done research on whether dogs miss us. Why can’t someone give us a survey to fill out the answers to the questions that we already knew. Yes, dogs sense a disruption in their daily routine and if you are the daily routine, they will miss you. Period.
For 8 years Bruno has behaved this way when I am gone for more than 6 hours. He shuts down and waits. Even when he is with other family members he won’t eat or drink like he usually does. Once when I was leaving on a trip with Sammy for my mother’s birthday, he tried to get in the car and go with us to the airport. He was crying to get into the car.
Bruno cries with joy, literally, when I return home or pick him up from the kennel. I wish he knew or understood the words “I’ll be back”but he doesn’t. So many times I’ve seen soldiers returning home to their beloved dogs and the dogs are filled with so much emotion at seeing their human parent. Large dogs crying and falling all over the soldiers has brought me to tears just watching the videos. Dogs are so devoted and remember us even after long periods of separation.
He doesn’t display separation anxiety.
I am packing a lot of Chico’s clothing for this trip as I did last fall on my rivercruise down the Rhine river. Chico’s has the Traveler’s Collection, Zenergy, and No Iron Collection that are perfect for packing on this trip. It will be fun to wear Chico’s in Paris since it’s not sold there.
My sweet daughter’s gave me this outfit for Mother’s Day and it will make the trip.
I’m looking forward to my new adventure and will share it with you.
I only wish Bruno would understand that I’ll be home soon and we will continue our daily routine as we have done together for the last 8 years. He will be with my son and his new wife, who love him dearly, but I know he will be sad because I am gone.
There is nothing more wonderful than being this dog’s companion, but it also tugs at my heartstrings when we are apart.
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