I never thought I would be ‘that dog mom’.
You know what I’m talking about. The one that is overprotective of her dogs. The one that has a routine laid out for them. The one that calls and checks in every hour when they are left with someone else.
Friends, I will admit. That’s me.
Bryn and I went on a short trip a few weekends ago, and for the first time since we brought the boys home we left them with a dog sitter.
At first, I did not want to leave them at home. I mean come on, they are part of our family, am I right?
The good news is even though we left, they got to stay home. And the dog sitter came to our house. For that I am very thankful.
Now because I told you I am ‘that dog mom’, I of course made a checklist of all the things the dogs needed to do each day (and some stuff around the house).
Some of those items include:
Feed 2 cups each for breakfast (and add a little water to the bowl)
Take them for a walk
Water the plants
Bring the mail inside
Feed 2 cups each for dinner (Same thing, don’t forget the water!)
Under the checklist I included a list of things that the sitter may need to know.
Some of those items include:
When putting the pups in their crates, you can put some peanut butter in their Kongs.
Nash uses the blue harness, Roman uses the tan harness.
Be sure to wipe their feet off before they come inside, sometimes they step in poo!
Okay, you get the idea. The pups have a routine, and the best thing you can do as a dog sitter is stick to it. (And all the mamas out there just said amen. Dog mom or human mom.)
Nash and Roman are probably the easiest dogs to watch. I mean seriously. They eat, play a little bit and then sleep the rest of the day. Once in awhile you have to let them outside to relieve themselves. But talk about an easy paycheck!
(Sorry for the blurry picture, but I couldn’t resist!)
Okay, so back to being ‘that dog mom’.
Let me take you back in time a bit to the morning before we were heading out on our trip.
It’s super early. Our dog sitter stayed the night, as we knew we were going to be heading out early and we wanted him to be here when we left. I was getting ready and packing stuff up, Bryn was taking care of the dogs.
Because it’s Spring here in the midwest, we have baby bunnies. Do you already know where this is going?
Well, being the perfect Greyhounds that they are, they LOVE to find small animals.
Let me just cut to it, Nash found the nest, and picked up a baby bunny. (Insert palm to forehead emoji.)
Just imagine Bryn running around the yard trying to get the bunny out of his mouth. Nash ate it.
Seriously? Right before we are getting ready to leave. Nash eats a bunny.
So, ‘that dog mom’ is thinking many thoughts. He’s going to throw up. He’s going to feel sick. He’s going to have trouble going to the bathroom. He’s not going to eat. He’s going to need a shot. We don’t have time for any of this (but we can’t just leave him here like this)!
Is this what it’s like to have kids?
There’s a lot more to the story, but I am going to end it here. We ended up leaving anyway. We contacted the vet from the road, got Nash what he needed and he was all taken care of. (Thanks Mom!)
I truly never thought I would miss my dogs as much as I did for those few short days we were away.
I mean after all, they are just dogs. Right?
Yes, they were fine. Every single time I called to check in. Maybe this will get easier for the next trip.
Friends, I am ‘that dog mom’. But, maybe it just means I am a good mom. Yeah, that’s it.
Are you ‘that dog mom’ (or dad)? What do you do to make leaving your pups behind an easier process for you and the dogs?
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