I’m glad that Jasmine is taking change well because more changes are on the way. I (unexpectedly) landed a job in New Hampshire–much sooner than I ever anticipated–and I’ll be out of the house at my job in the very near future.
This is a total departure from what Jasmine knows. For the last two years, I have been working from home. She has been with me every day except when hubby and I have been on trips. She has been my constant companion, and I know that she is going to have to adjust to a new schedule and routine. However, I’ve been fairly busy over the last few weeks, and she has been alone in the house for four to six hours at a time with no adverse effects. When I return home, I immediately take her outside. She then gets lots of pets and attention and a bone for good behavior. She loves the phrase, “Have you been a good girl?” because she knows it will be followed by, “Would you like a BONE?” Ah, the exuberant jumps make me laugh from the inside out…I feel her joy.
I leave Jasmine in the kitchen when I’m out. All the exits from the kitchen can be closed by louvered doors. However, they are only secured using magnetic catches. After a few times of being left in the kitchen, Jasmine figured out that she could push the doors open. I marveled at her problem solving skills and could just hear the gears in her brain working as she puzzles through the “how do I get to the comfy carpet in the family room” problem. I solved the issue by using hair elastic bands to secure the doors together. No more escape, little dog.
I usually exit the house through the basement, and Jasmine HATES it when I go down the stairs. She sits in front of the basement door crying…I can hear her whine after I (quickly) close the door and walk down the stairs. She does the same thing as she anticipates my return. The sound of the garage door opening makes her jump up with anticipation and wait by the basement door for me to emerge (according to hubby). I hear her crying as I walk up the stairs, and I call my standard call, “Is there a pup-pup in the house?” She jumps with glee when the door opens, and I am welcomed back with no ill feelings.
That and a hug and a kiss from hubby make my day. Unfortunately, hubby is still in the other house in California and won’t be out here for weeks. Without Jasmine, I’d be a total wreck (compared to only the lonely, partial wreck that I am) missing hubby. Thank goodness for little dogs.