Working from home with three dogs and a cat provides some challenges. For example, I’m convinced that the UPS man waits outside my house until the moment I get on the telephone – then he rings the doorbell, sending the boys into a frenzy. When I’m working on stories for pet publications, it’s okay. Mostly, the other people laugh. But when I’m working on, say, a corporate newsletter and speaking with a source overseas… well, they’re less amenable.
Which is why Mondays are my favorite and most productive days of the week!
Because Lucas and Cooper go to doggy daycare! 😀
On his way to work on Monday mornings, John drops Big and Little off at doggy daycare, and I have the entire day with Emmett and Newt. What that means is I have the entire day without any barking! Plus, it’s so nice to have that one-on-one time with Em. He does a lot of napping on his bed in my office while I’m working, but we always go on a nice walk that’s just his style. I’m not rushing to cram in multiple walks, so we’re free to meander. And meander he does! Emmett has to sniff every blade of grass, every tree, and every loose leaf blowing past. Our walks are a lot of this:
See that guy in the green shirt and the little dog WAY off in the distance ahead of us?
They lapped us. Twice.
We only go about a quarter of the distance I’d go with his brothers, but it takes just as long – and sometimes longer. Which is totally fine, because it’s the style of walk Emmett prefers these days. It’s peaceful.
Then, we usually come home, and I make lunch. He gets special privileges, like licking out the yogurt container when it’s empty.
And, Emmett’s not really one who likes being on his own, so with his brothers gone, he spends a lot more time sitting next to me while I type than he does when they’re home.
Oh, and Newt likes the P&Q time, too!
Such a peaceful day! And by the time the other two get home from doggy daycare, I’m walking out the door to go teach my class. While I love my boys and want to spend lots of quality time with them… I sure do love Mondays!