For a few weeks.
We’re just going our separate ways for a little while. Mum’s going in for some “fine tuning” this week and she needs to put her foot up to rest – so we’re being sent off to have our own holidays.
George went off to the countryside spending time with Jaffa and Mini.
It is always the night before we leave that we feel the saddest. So lots of hugs and cuddles as we sat and watched Saturday night telly.
Before we went to bed last night, Mum had brought out George’s Sleepy Pod and had put his bed by the front door. We watched with interest. This morning, she had packed his Equafleece and his “travel” collar. When the door bell rang and Camilla appeared, George was not his usual exuberant self. While I greeted her with Teddy and jumping for joy, he sat quietly by himself at a distance. So unlike him because he usually greets visitors by running around in circles and bringing a toy. This morning he didn’t.
When Mum put on my lead, only then did he come running over. He wasn’t going to be left behind. But once the collar was on, he went to sit by Mum, and kept asking her to stroke him. He knew he was going away. He had the saddest eyes and very quiet.
But it was time to load the car with his Sleepy Pod, Mum put him inside.
Be good, Georgie.
We know you will be loved and you will be very happy in the countryside with Jaffa and her family.
You will love being able to run around their vast garden, explore and take long walks.
Promise, you will have a good time.
Bye, George! We’ll see each other again soon.
I wish I was going with you, Georgie but tomorrow I’m off to the House of Mutt for a couple of weeks till I have to be home.
And he has arrived safely. He will be a part of a very lively and happy environment. The kids and the dogs – and lots of space to run. Mum said in parting to Camilla – can you make sure George learn to swim before he returns! LOL! Wishful thinking.
May’s comment: It is always the most difficult the night before we part ways albeit for a short while.
George has become so much a “Mummy’s boy” in the past year. He has always loved people and he always engages with them but when he gets the smallest inkling that he is being handed over, he shows his displeasure in different ways. He will either be really angry and would bark like crazy – showing his anger.
In the case of Camilla, because he knows her and instead of being angry, he became very quiet and clingy. And he had the saddest expression – almost in submission of what was about to happen.
Breaks my heart either way, but what a long way he has come. If I needed reassurance that he knows he belongs to me, I have it. He loves people and he will be the first to approach strangers to say hello and get attention, unlike Darcy who would say hello but would come back to me right away. But now he will always keep an eye on where I am and follow as soon as he senses I am about to walk away.
I’m finally having a procedure to remove an annoyingly painful Morton’s Neuroma on my left foot. I have delayed doing so for three years – out of fear of things going wrong. But it has stopped me from taking long walks with my dogs. I used to walk with them to Hyde Park – it was the best time for them – to be with me on walkies. I had relied on dog walkers to take them on most days, but the time has come for no more excuses not to take long walks – to spend precious time with them.