Last week, I hosted a dinner party for six adults and eleven kids. The plan for the kids table consisted of ten little people sitting on the floor at a low table packed with food. As any savvy person living with dogs knows, nothing good can come from this situation.
The solution was to temporarily move the “Always Hungry & Especially Waggy” Maple, and the “Food Stealing, Kind of Grumpy” Luna, to our office for a few hours. At first it was a challenge to let go of the feeling that someone is always lurking around waiting to steal food.
But once the truth set in and the reality of a “shoo-free” dinner came to life, it was a beautiful thing. It actually felt a bit like a “staycation.” Eleven kids, ages ten months to nearly nine-years-old, and not one of them had a single crumb stolen. It was quite a feat to see the five-second rule in action, with no dogs around competing for the coveted, dropped morsel.
While this month we focus on more common vacation-related info like road trips, pets on planes, and destinations your dog will dig, it’s important not to limit what defines a holiday. Let’s face it, with our busy lives and the down economy, I have been known to declare a solo-trip to Target a vacation…So peaceful and quiet…Shopping for birthday presents, diapers, and dog beds without anyone asking for a pack of some triple dessert delight sparkly bubble gum, for the seventy-eighth time.
Take a cue from your pet, and enjoy each moment you are given. Grant yourself ten minutes to take a walk with your dog or sit quiet with your cat, and let go of all your daily stress and worries. Use this time to slow down and focus on your surroundings. Taking time daily to connect in this manner has been proven to keep both humans and pets happier. So, think of it as a required, guilt-free time to relax and just be.