Withdrawal

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I didn’t expect this.  We left for vacation today and the whole time we were getting ready, packing up, I kept thinking….I don’t want to leave Columbus.  He’s so much work, you’d think I’d enjoy the break.  But instead, I’m worried about him.  Why?

I think there are a couple of reasons.

1. We’ve never gone away like this before.  He has two pet sitters coming – one for morning and evening, the other to let him out midday.  He knows them both.  But this is the first time we’ve gone for a week without any family being with him.  I’m actually trying to remember if he’s ever had a full day without one of us around.  I can’t remember one.  So, will he know what’s going on?  Will he be anxious?  Will my windowsill be there when I get back? (It’s already partially chewed.)

2.  Columbus is pure love.  He’s not very smart.  He’s still doing all this annoying puppy stuff I can’t wait for him to outgrow.  But all he really wants is to be with you.  Especially if you are touching him.  He loves people.  He loves human contact.  All of this is just perfect for a therapy dog to be.  And all of this is hard to leave, it appears.

We will survive, Columbus and I.  But I already can’t wait to see him again.

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