I started work again at the beginning of March and as much as I tried to prepare for my busier schedule, I’ve neglected my blog. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed blogging about the dogs and our adventures/misadventures.
I put together a chore schedule to help my day-to-day. I came up with a wonderfully thorough chore schedule with a four week cycle and I haven’t seen the print-out after the first week I used it. I even bought a paper planner to encourage me to track to-do lists. This is my question to parents with full time jobs; how do you do it? How do you take care of children, keep a home, put dinner on the table take care of your spouse, go to sleep and repeat that a good five times before you have a promise of a weekend? Because I will tell you this much, I don’t have a children, I have a teeny tiny apartment, 2 dogs and a boyfriend and I am exhausted.
My schedule as well as Chris’s is a convenient one. I’m back home from work by 4:30 pm, so Ellie and Argos are left alone for about 6 hours. The first two weeks I started working they were both caged in the kitchen to keep them out of trouble. Once they proved themselves trustworthy they graduated to freely roam the apartment (with the exception of the bedroom and the bathroom). All was well, they seemed to be adjusting great, they were getting their proper exercise except for one thing; I stopped taking Ellie on jogs.
She is absolutely bored and full of energy. She chewed up one of my new running sneakers, its shoelace, and slippers. A few months ago her chewing preferences were limited to bathroom trash cans and other trash paraphernalia. They get a 30 minute walk and a 15 minute training session daily. As a training exercise, we are currently playing the “Watch the World” game by Paws Abilities to address Ellie’s fear and reactivity. This, however, doesn’t seem to be enough for her because she’s back to her ol’ chewy self. I remember when I decided to begin jogging with Ellie, the decision came as a solution for this very same problem.
Now that I am working and exercise seems like even more of a challenge, it is clear Ellie requires this outlet as well. The solution is simple, take her for a run as well. It’s going to be hard but I have to do it for her sake and my own. Recently, I was having a conversation with someone of no consequence and when I talked about Ellie’s chewy behavior she replied with “just give her away”. I proudly responded with “we all have issues”. I say ‘proudly’ because I find that every time I’m baffled by someone’s comment I seldom have the perfect retort. Giving her away because she’s a challenge will never be an option.
It has been wild a month of trial and error and adjustments. I have to come up with a chore schedule that actually works for us, Ellie needs to vent her energy and hopefully we’ll get somewhere with this reactivity training we are doing. I promise to come back and let you know how well that worked for us. Most important of all is to keep this blog consistent and filled with useful content. My goal has always been to help out newbie dog owners who need the extra help because it is always helpful to see how others do it. So I am here to show you how I do it, how I cope, my failures and my triumphs.