My son, daughter-in-law and grand daughter were on a trip to Disney World in Florida. As the official dog grandma, I get to spend quality dog sitting time with their funny and crazy dogs when they travel. The white English Bull Dog is Ragnar - Rags for short. The mixed Hound and Mountain dog mix is Olivia, Livvy for short. They live about 20 minutes from me.
|Rags - a photogenic little guy!|
|And a busy guy - always on the run.|
|They are good friends generally.|
|Olivia is the smart one - like really smart!|
Since these wonderful creatures are yard trained dogs vs leash trained dogs, I find it easier to pack my bags and move in with them for dog sitting. I travel back home every afternoon to spend time with my husband and make him dinner - then I travel back to my exuberant charges who are always over joyed to see me.
What makes this time so special - beyond getting quality time with these mutts? The answer is easy. I do NOTHING. Beyond making sure they are fed, medicated, and loved - and yard time of course, the time is my own.
And yard time does not involve just opening the door and letting them run! Oh no. If I do that, they pee and then return to the door looking in with sorrow in their eyes. Yard time must include Grand ma standing in the yard and watching them. The 'watching them' is critical to them having fun. It is like they are performing for my enjoyment! And, in truth, I do get enjoyment watching them run and play.
Beyond that - I do nothing. Absolutely NOTHING. It is grand beyond measure.
This visit, however, I had two very selfish goals!
Goal #1: Watch as much as I could of Game of Thrones on their cable connection (I did see the final episode in really time with the rest of the world. Thrilling!) And I was re-watching the previous episodes. I made it through Season 5! I will check out season 6 and 7 from the Library.
Goal #2: Finish knitting Esk's dress while I watch Game of Thrones. I am at the hem. Almost!
I didn't complete either goal - and you know ... that was ok!
I don't answer the phone, I don't talk to anyone, or do any household chores. I eat and snack when I want to and what I want (sharing, of course, with my mutts), but except for my time at home in the afternoons with my husband, my time is my own. It is freedom.
There is only one little downside - they wake and greet the morning at 5:30 am. I do not! BUT those early mornings did extend my day about 2 hours so that I had more Game of Thrones time and more knitting time. Ha! Who says there isn't a silver lining to every cloud!
Now back to the real world!