Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Where’s Dad?

on November 11, 2008

Jasmine’s love/fear relationship with my husband is strange.  On one hand, she KNOWS he’s the treat and scratchie man.  Whenever she gets close to him, she knows she can get yummy tidbits and oh-so-satisfying pets and scratches.  But she then bolts if he moves in any way–to shift his weight, too fast a nod of the head, lifting the other hand.  She still doesn’t have any trust in him, and it makes me sad to see.

Hubby is out of town on a business trip.  He left yesterday morning and will be back tomorrow night.  Last night, Jasmine was puzzled.  She was sitting at attention, waiting for him to come home from work.  He didn’t show.  When I took her outside to do her business, her eyes were riveted at the door and her ears were perked; she was looking for him (she takes this posture when she knows he’s home and she can’t see him).

When it was time for bed, she searched all over the bedroom for him, and then crawled under the bed.  She does that when he’s home, but only if she’s awaiting his arrival in the bedroom.  She came out and I picked her up and put her on the bed to snuggle a bit.  She went over to his pillow, sniffed it and then came and sat in front of me, got up, sniffed again and paced a bit before settling in for a snuggle.

It’s clear that his absence is causing her a bit of concern.  While my husband attributes it to her thinking “where’s that scary man…I can’t see him so he’s hiding and he’s going to jump out and get me,” I attribute it to a significant change in her routine.  Her routine includes “scary Dad,” and when he’s not around, he’s missed.

I’m glad that she’s noticed his absence.  It’s a good sign.

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