By Monday, September 29, 2014 13 Permalink

Can you believe “The Wizard of Oz” will celebrate it’s 71st birthday next month? As a child I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’d put on my good church shoes, pretend they were ruby slippers, balance myself on the balls of my feet, click my heels together three times, and say there’s no place like home…


photo courtesy of beliefnet

Funny thing though – whenever I performed this reenactment, I was usually already home! #Icantexplainit

Thursday of last week I departed for my annual four day getaway with my college girlfriends. This year we relaxed in a fabulous vacation house with an unbelievable panoramic view of nature at its best. I left “Doodle Bug” home with Doodle Dad.

As much as I wait (all year) for this weekend to arrive, walking out the door is always a struggle. Harley is never happy with me leaving him behind. He purposely “pouts” to make sure I am completely miserable as I leave…

That's right lady, make a mental picture of this!

That’s right lady, make a mental picture of this!

On those rare occasions when we’re apart, every family member has testified how Harley parks himself at the front door and will only move when it’s time to lock up for the night. This is the typical photo taken in my absence…

Only bathroom breaks make him leave his post..

Only bathroom breaks make him leave his post..

The truth of the matter is, Harley’s “actions” mirror my emotions. He and I don’t do well when we’re separated. I am grateful to my family and my girlfriends who understand, accept and “get me” when it comes to Harley. Can you believe this pawsome personalized stationary I received from one of my girlfriends?…

Oh My Doodle! I can't wait to write someone!

Oh My Doodle! I can’t wait to write someone!

Harley was thrilled to see me and I him. Even with a bad bout of diarrhea, a bland diet, and meds disguised in vanilla ice cream – he looked great.

Of course with Doodle Dad, he was in good hands…


We’ve been hanging out together all afternoon, napping and watching television…

Sleeping Doodle Bug

Sleeping Doodle Bug

To me, home means more than just your house. It’s wherever those you love (and those who love you) are found…


Oh Toto Harley, there’s no place like home….

  • It's Dog or Nothing
    September 29, 2014

    I am the exact same way. Everything is off when I’m away from the fluffies. I try to keep those separations as minimal as possible.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2014

      It’s becoming more and more apparent that I cannot fake it anymore. I don’t like being separated from Harley – period!

  • Emma
    September 29, 2014

    Mom hates to leave us too, luckily it doesn’t happen much. I always plant myself in the front window so she can see my sad mug as she backs out. When we stay with cousin Laura, we sit by her door all day every day just in case Mom comes by. We don’t like to walk much because Mom may return and we need to be there where she can find us. Home is the best place!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2014

      Emma, you and Harley are real tough to leave behind. You’ve stolen our hearts…

  • Caren Gittleman
    September 29, 2014

    that was pawtastic and that last photo insanely great! I have ALWAYS loved The Wizard of Oz too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2014

      Caren, I always laugh when I think about how I watched that movie for years hiding behind my hands, or a pillow, because I was so scared at certain scenes. Now when I see it’s on, I crack up when something pops out because I remember how frightened I was back then. The movie is truly a classic..

  • DashLilly
    September 29, 2014

    They wake me up too early, they bark when I am talking on the phone, they beg when I am eating chicken, they have to go in and then they want to go out… but the minute I leave them for a weekend away or an overnight trip? I can’t stand it. I miss them the whole time. The WHOLE time! They both try to get into the car with my suitcase and when I close the door, Dash cries and cries. They might drive me crazy, but I love every inch of them and would actually rather be with them than not with them.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2014

      Dash Lilly, you’ve said it all…

  • Jackie Bouchard
    September 30, 2014

    It’s so hard to be away from the fur babies! At least you know he’s in good hands. Always so nice to have a furry welcome home! Love the last graphic! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2014

      I agree Jackie. I was so pumped about going, and once I was away, all I found myself getting excited about returning. Go figure…

  • Ann Staub
    October 1, 2014

    Aw poor Harley!! Shiner does not do well away from me either… I’ve only left her 3 times in 11 years… twice when I was having babies in the hospital. She stayed home and her dad came to take care of her, so she did OK. Once about 2 years ago, she stayed at my work’s boarding kennel. They said she wouldn’t eat until they gave her some tasty canned food. I love that stationary too!

  • Karen Goodman
    October 2, 2014

    My Milo has a hard time when I leave him too. He has the ability to stare at the door I left waiting for my return for a ridiculously long period of time.

    When I’ve gone out of town, he goes to my Mom’s to stay. One time I had so much going on that she came and got him and took him, and he actually handled it better. Since he left me, rather than me leaving him, there was no door for him to watch for me to return and he handled the separation much better that time. Same thing with when I got sick this summer and my mom took him to stay at a friend’s house. He handled my mom leaving better than me leaving, and since I hadn’t watched me leave, he settled in pretty quickly.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 4, 2014

      I’ve done that also Karen, allowed him to leave either with my daughter or I will take him to camp and then come back and pack. Anybody else can pack a suitcase and leave and Harley has no interest at all, but if I do it – look out!

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