Well, really only one of them is at loose ends. Cally is at peace once again. This morning I think the reality is sinking in that her terrorist has left the building and she confidently rounded the corner of the family room door and scratched the heck out of her scratching mat. Then she strutted outside like any cocky person who has won the war.
Pip on the other hand doesn't know what to do with herself. I'm not saying she misses Cedar, because she absolutely doesn't, but now she is my shadow (except in the morning when she prefers to sleep in as long as she can).
It drives me nuts to have her in the computer room. Every time I stand up she jumps up and feels the need to see where I am going, if I'll be back, if this is the moment I'm finally abandoning her just like she always expected we would (she's a bit neurotic).
You would think she had been a stray dog at one time with understandable trust issues, but no. We've had her since she was a puppy and we've never abandoned her and we always come back.
So yesterday, I had to run out and pick up an item for the church's craft and hobby retreat I'm now running (don't even ask how this happened), Pip jumped up and was hopping around my feet, "Is this it? Is this when you leave me forever? Don't leave." So I stooped to a new low and took her with me. She bounded into the car and settled right down on the passenger seat.
As I'm driving towards the store, Pip is quietly whining. So quiet I had to turn off the radio to see if it was really her. I kept glancing at her wondering what was wrong now. Maybe she was re-thinking her desire to go with me. She just saw two of our pets leave the house and not come back, maybe I was taking her somewhere to drop her off.
Then I started thinking how vulnerable she looked riding loose on the front passenger seat. Then I started wondering if Petco had a dog car seat for a reasonable price. Then I drove to Petco.
They had one on sale for $25, so I bought it. Now I have become one of those women; "SOB." One of those women who take their little dog with them everywhere. I never wanted to be one of those women.
When I got home, I immediately texted my oldest daughter and told her to rush home and comfort me in my time of need. My whole being is being altered for the betterment of a dog. God help me if I start buying her clothes!
Well, I am going to the craft and hobby retreat at 9:00 this morning to set up and I'll be there until late tonight. I cannot bring the dog. Maybe that will help me gradually accept this new reality that has alighted on my life.
It definitely blindsided me. Unforeseen circumstances, indeed.