They say that house guests, like fish, start to stink after three days. By the time our house guest leaves, he may actually stink!
We have been pet sitting my sister’s dog while she is on vacation. Cody got here on Thursday and will be here at least until a week from today. I’m not sure what kind of dog he is, but he’s cute, shaggy, friendly, and lovable. He’s a little bigger than Pockets, but is scared to death of him. Cody has never seen a cat before, and he’s been introduced to one that loves to wrestle with a dog 3 times his size.
It’s taking a bit of adjustment for everyone. We are not used to having such a small dog, one that is an actual lap dog instead of a 34 pound, wannabe lap dog. Cody is a very laid back, little activity dog. Willow is not. She always wants to play, but she can’t get Cody to play with her.
They all three are jealous of each other. For Pockets and Willow, this is natural between them anyway. Add Cody to the mix, a dog that is in a strange place(even thought he’s been here with his mommy and daddy many times), with two people that he loves, he wants to be on our laps or near us all the time.
Of course, we indulge him, as we do the other two. As I tend to anthropomorphisize animals, I worry about Willow and Pockets being jealous, maybe feeling like mommy and daddy don’t love them as much any more. Wondering why mommy and daddy brought this interloper into the house.
I also worry about Cody. I know he misses home and his parents. I know it’s hard for him to be away even though he’s know us since he was a puppy. I worry about him feeling like an outcast. I try not to treat him too differently than the other two, but it’s hard. It’s like I just want to pick him up and cuddle him and tell him everything will be okay.
I know this is strange behaviour, thinking of animals as having human emotions. It’s the mothering instinct in me that I never had the opportunity to express until we adopted Willow. But they are my babies, all three of them right now, and I don’t know of any other way I could be.