I have left Melvin for a week before. It’s the same every time: he sees the suitcase come out and I get ‘the look’. Upon return he is super happy to see me followed quickly by distance. If I invite him on the couch, he will move two feet farther from me. I give him time to warm back up, it usually takes 3-4 days. We understand each other.
I have never left Jake for this long before. I wasn’t sure how he would respond. I left detailed instructions so that the dog watcher could make their days as normal as possible but obviously it would be different, if not only for my absence.
The boys slept in the guest room with V. Jake in his crate and Melvin in bed with her. The day that I was to return, Jake went into my room and pee’d on Melvin’s bed. I have always believed that, if at all possible, dogs will avoid peeing where they sleep. Jake LOVES Melvin’s bed, he occupies it every chance he gets. I have no idea why he chose to pee in it. Perhaps after just one week, he no longer felt like my room was where he slept.
When I walked in the door, as Melvin was wiggling and happy to see me, Jake gave me a look as if to say ‘don’t you ever leave me again or your bed is next’. I’m sure I imagined that. Right?
Here are the boys giving me their best ‘you abandoned us’ looks and one of Jake on Melvin’s old bed that I had to drag out until I can get the other one cleaned. He quickly hopped in, no leg lifting required.
Oh Jake, he reminds me so much of our Miss M. When we were looking for a second dog to adopt, the dog walked in our house and decided to pee in Miss M’s bed (the funniest part was later when Miss M went to her bed, smelled pee, and looked at us with that face). Our trainer said it was because the dog was trying to claim Miss M’s bed. Could Jake be planning a takeover?
Haha – this story is great. I can imagine that face!!
Jake has been planning a takeover six months prior to meeting Melvin!
Jen didn’t even leave and she got that look! This moving stuff is just as stressful. It’ll be alright guys!
Moving is the worst! I mean the getting there is great but the packing up and all that…ick!
That Jake..he cracks me up! The instagram photos were great!
Ha! He’s quite the peeing comedian!
Well the obvious answer is that you should never leave them. Duh.
Oh right, doy!
I think you were pretty brave to let Jake get on your bed so soon after “the abandonment.” 😉
Jake can’t even look at the camera, he’s either still mad, he’s plotting something evil or knows he was caught… silly boy!
My pups are used to me leaving but when both of us left for three weeks to Ireland we flew my sister in law down and they were actually sad to see us come home since they love her so!
Stop on by for a visit