A dogs routine is incredibly important. Dogs are creatures of habit, they love stability and crave consistency.
Yet, in a twinkling of a Doodles eye I messed mine up! #bigtime
Pre-occupied for weeks – I meticulously strategized, planned and coordinated an entire weekend celebration for my brother’s 75th birthday…
“Spectacular” was the goal I strived for – so every single detail took up ALL of my time.
I wrote about my brother and Jaxson not long ago. He’s a very special guy…
…that’s why his birthday was extremely important to me.
NO DAILY ROUTINE –
As the birthday grew closer, I became more engaged. The week of – I would rise at dawn, and work well past midnight.
Not only did I task myself to the ceiling with errands, emails, gift bags, and birthday surprises, I’d resigned from my job – and was preparing for a mid-week exit. #alaterposttocome
All together my “routine” was sabotaged leaving no time for the attention they are accustomed to receiving.
Doodle Mom was never around…
CORE STRUCTURE –
After two moves over the last three years, we’ve been able to keep our core structure of our routine tight! This time I took them for granted and as a result – the foundation of our structure started to crumble becoming vividly apparent in our daily routines –
- Feeding Routine – breakfast came much earlier and dinner was later than usual. Jaxson loves breakfast, but by the weekend, breakfast symbolized a race around the block and then I’d be gone. So instead of happy Jaxson, I got this…
- Walking Routine – I’m not proud, I’m just honest – walks were short and quick as lightening. No park adventures, no hanging out on the corners smelling the tree trunks. It was taking care of business in a four block radius! One morning as I ran out of the house to run yet another series of errands – I thought I’d left my “to-do” list and as I twirled around on one heel, realizing the list was in my hand – I saw them in the window and it broke my heart…
ROUTINE AND CONSISTENCY ARE IMPORTANT –
For the first time in their lives, my well-balanced dogs were becoming stressed, anxious, and depressed. I never thought it could happen to me, so quickly – but it can – it did!
The four day weekend is over, my brother, siblings and guests (his 1958 High School Track and Field teammates) had the time of their lives. Now I’m focused on restoring the routine with the Boys.
Never ever will I take them for granted again. As much as I believe they “understand” what I say, and know instinctively what’s going on, the truth of the matter is – they are calm, content, and comfortable when their routine doesn’t change.
The best apology is changed behavior ❤️
Contributing in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.