What the dogs did while we were at BlogPaws

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jack and maggie

Jack hams it up for the camera.

We don’t leave the dogs alone very often – well, I guess they are never ‘alone’, what I mean is we don’t travel often and leave them at a kennel or with someone. But we both wanted to go to BlogPaws, so we enlisted our dog walker, Karen to stay with the dogs. It was nerve racking for me because both Jack and Maggie have a bit of baggage. Jack can be reactive and protective of his turf and Maggie is still fearful of new things. Even though they both love Karen, they are reliant on their routines and on us being around.  I was nervous about how it would go.

Of course, I shouldn’t have been. They had a great time with Karen and got to do some things they don’t normally get to do. Our morning routine is to get up give the dogs breakfast and then be off on our morning walk. We have 3 regular routes that we alternate just to give them a change of pace and then every once in a while go someplace brand new. But Karen took them to completely different places, so they got to experience 2 brand new walks they had never been on. This is great for their mental stimulation as well as the physical exercise.

On Friday, they went over to Mission Oaks Park. There is a local dog park there which we take them to occasionally, but also has a nice trail that we’ve never been on. Saturday they had a couple of neighborhood walks and a trip over to Wildwood Park for a hike. Karen said they really enjoyed both excursions. Unfortunately, I forgot to tell Karen about Park Day 2.0, so we didn’t get to document their excursions, but maybe this will motivate me to take them back.

They lounged around on the deck, wandered the yard looking for avocados, played some of their food games, sat next to Karen and got petted, basically, did what they normally do.Monday Mischief

I know this is the Monday Mischief Blog Hop and I truly expected to have some mischief to report, something that they got into while we were gone, but they were, at least according to Karen, very well behaved. A huge relief for me the worrier, maybe now I’ll feel more comfortable leaving them behind and taking a nice long weekend trip to the Ojai Valley Inn or wine country in Santa Barbara.  I need to take a lesson from this and not be such a worrier – especially when it comes to the dogs. They are much more easy going than I give them credit for and usually take things as they come. I should strive to do more of that myself!

What did your dogs do while you were gone?


We are joining the Monday Mischief Blog Hop hosted by Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies


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  1. Hope you had an awesome time at BlogPaws! I understand how tough it is to leave your babies at home. Ours are pretty much never left alone. Seriously, having dinner out without the dogs is a major event around here 😉 Travel? Vacation? I’m not familiar with those words. I don’t know, maybe I’ll get to do BlogPaws next year. Vegas! Hubs can stay home with the wieners.
    Last week I was nominated for a Super Sweet Blogging Award, and part of it is nominating others. You were one of my nominees because you always stop by with some kind words. I’m notifying you today in honor of your babies being so good while you were gone. Those sweet faces! Of course they were good! http://wordswithwieners.com/super-sweet-award/
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    • Thanks so much for the nomination, we really appreciate it. Hope you do get to BlogPaws next year – it was a great trip and really worthwhile.

  2. Sometimes, despite their best efforts, there’s no mischief to be had! 🙂
    So glad all went well – it can certainly be nerve wracking to have to leave the fur babies behind!
    Coralee and Finn recently posted…Monday Mischief: Long WeekendMy Profile

  3. I so enjoyed meeting y’all at BlogPaws! And am so glad your fur babies had a relaxing time while y’all were away having fun. 🙂 My babies missed me, but my Hunny and teenagers were home to take care of them. The dogs sniffed me up and down like crazy when I walked in. The ducks bit the crap out of my arms.
    Flea recently posted…Funny Bone Monday, 24My Profile

    • Guess they weren’t happy you were away for so long! Great to meet you too – thanks for all of your support.

  4. It is always harder on the people than the dogs. Our dogs go off to other places quite often, (like to stay with the trainer, or to be with their breeder). People ask me how we can do it. I always say that they are having all the fun and we are just missing them…lol.
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  5. I’m glad they did fine while you were gone. Kelly always gets stressed and anxious and is sick when we return, even with someone she knows living in the house full time! It makes it really difficult to leave.
    Peggy Frezon recently posted…Hug a Dog DayMy Profile

    • Yeah, I feel lucky that none of them have any separation issues. That would be so hard.

  6. Sounds like they had a great time; I’m going to find someone who can stay with our dogs for the weekend!

  7. What a great report card! Glad you could ALL enjoy yourselves 🙂
    Life In The Dog Lane recently posted…The Dog LifestyleMy Profile

  8. Lack of Mischief is sometimes a good thing to report. I hope you had a nice time at BlogPaws. I am so glad it’s on the West Coast in ’14!
    Bethany recently posted…It’s True, Everyone Adores The Cascadian Nomads Psittacine & CaninesMy Profile

    • Agree! We can drive to Vegas!

  9. I am a worrier just like you, and I hate leaving the dogs. Even with family who has cared for them over and over, I still worry something will go wrong! We are going away with that family this Summer and we are going to be having a new pet sitter. Of course I will worry, but everything will probably go smoothly. I sometimes think the dogs behave better for other people than they do for us! 🙂
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