Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hops in the Right Direction: Taking Advantage of the Circumstances (And Dealing with the Them)

While my new landlord has been rebuilding our fire escape/porches, Prada has been coming to work with me.  I am really ambivalent about this for a lot of reasons.

The Cons:
  • Prada is already starting to expect to come with me everywhere, and throws a hissyfit if I try to leave her behind.  My neighbors are not amused.
  • It's starting to get cold, and while my boss is very cool about Prada coming into the building every once in a while for a bit, she cannot be inside with me all day.  She spends most of the day sleeping in the car, bundled in her warm bed, with a blanket and in her sweater or fleece coat.  But I worry.
  • She's starting to get a little tubby from all the treats my coworkers are sneaking her.

The Pros:
  • She is getting a lot of great socialization with a lot of different people.
  • We've been able to practice walking on "slippery" surfaces out in the warehouse--and we're starting to make a bit of progress.  (Woohoo!  She'll go a few feet at a time toward me!)
  • I can cuddle her anytime I like, making the work days seem a lot shorter.

So.  I'm on the fence about whether I'm happy with the circumstances or not.  Regardless, there's nothing I can do about it, unless I win a million dollars and can afford to take her to doggy day care every day until the construction is done.  So I deal.  Because that's what you do.

I'm going to be out of town for most of next week, and my folks will be pet-sitting for me.  Hopefully, the week will act as a "reset" for the bad habits Prada has picked up, and if I'm very lucky, the construction will be done by the time I return.  Then I can start retraining Prada to remain behind calmly.

We'll figure it out, and we'll make it work.

That's what family does.


  1. You can take her to me and I will doggy sit her!!! No promises about not making her fat, though. Hope the balcony is done soon.

    1. I think they're done with the balcony.... They just started on the roof.

  2. I'd offer Hubs as a sitter but I think Washington state is kind of far for daycare. I know you'll work it out; you're so clever!

    1. Aw, thanks, Bubbe! I think most things only seem impossible until after you've done them. Fingers crossed!