My husband often jokes that the reason I married him was so I could get a dog. While that’s mostly absurd, it was a huge perk of the deal. I decided many, many years ago that I wouldn’t get a dog until I got married. I wanted there to be two people available to help take care of the pup. I wanted to make sure he got enough attention and that if anything happened to me the dog wouldn’t be alone. Plus, I’ve always traveled for work and I hate boarding dogs for multiple reasons.
So when we got married I got a dog very (and I mean VERY) shortly after. It’s no secret that I’m absolutely obsessed with Bocephus. Stripes and I talk about him like he’s our baby, and we never run out of things to say about him. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to yell at Stripes for saying hi to the dog before me when he comes home. It’s a rush to greet Bo, and ask him about his day.
But recently, Bo has been spending a lot of time alone. Between really long, very unpredictable work hours and long weeks of travel, blog events (love them!), Exhale classes (early mornings, bleh!) and catching up with friends over drinks and dinner, there hasn’t been as much time in the schedule for Bocephus as he deserves. And he deserves the world. There have been way too many days this month where I run home, walk him quickly, put food in his bowl and then run out the door. It makes him so.sad. I can see it and he doesn’t try to hide it. It’s terrible and breaks my heart.
I love having a busy schedule and lots of things to do – but I feel like I’m letting my buddy down. Is it acceptable to have scheduled days with my dog? Sorry Kelly, can’t make this event, I promised Bo we would sniff EVERYTHING he wants to on the walk today, so that will take 3 hours. Do people do that? Do I skip a workout to spend more time with him? Cancel an important meeting because Bo has been home for more than 10 hours by himself?
I’m stuck. Don’t know what to do. Help?