Carol was admitted into hospital this passed Wednesday (no details – she is a very private person) and, being Ray’s favorite person, has thrown a “loop” into our days!
This is where separation anxiety issues become a significant factor. On a planned trip, you can always stock up in advance knowing that a visit to the food store is not likely to happen. Of course it is far from the end of the world due to home delivery services and friends, but it is certainly extremely inconvenient! A quick inventory of our cupboards made it quite clear that if Ray and I were both going to continue eating, some plans had to be made! Fortunately, the places that sold his food were dog friendly!
Ray responds much easier to separation training once he has accepted that Carol has gone somewhere, and yesterday afternoon he allowed me to go to the end of our street and back, and was still relaxing on the floor when I returned. I can probably do Fantastico Pizza and back by this evening, and then I just have to “stretch him” a few extra minutes while I wait for a pizza!
While he just “shadows” me during these times, he knows what Carol’s car sounds like and anything similar makes him leap up and either go to the door, or up onto a chair so that he can look out of the window (his logic is rather baffling because her car is in the driveway).
We have been doing the “mailbox walk” but I have not been too successful in coaxing him onto longer walks just yet. His priority seems to be to get back as soon as possible… just in case. Once inside, he goes all around the house sniffing frantically!
The poor “guy”! At a moments notice, his world changed, but he is adjusting well all things being considered. Now if I can coax him downtown to Lululemon, then I can get him to my bank and I can get some money!