My husband is currently doing a Lock Down cross-season cleaning session, and finding many interesting bits and pieces in search of a particular (unfound) thing. One of the treasures he found, was a soft toy I’d forgotten we even had. I don’t know how or why it is in our house, but given we used to breed Schnauzers, which is what the soft toy actually is, it isn’t that surprising we have it.
Missy was already in her favourite resting and reclining place in the house, her sofa, and Graham calmly placed the toy there, to see what she’d do, I guess. Or he may have just been putting it out of the way, while he kept on with his looking, and cleaning, and discovering.
Judging by the look on Missy’s face, I’m certain she is not keep on sharing her sofa with this particular ‘creature’. In fact, Missy got up about ten minutes ago, and the toy fell off the sofa, and Missy has stretched out more to reclaim her space. I love watching our dog, and interpreting what she does. I may well get it wrong sometimes, there’s nothing to be ashamed about there.
Trying to understand our pets is a good thing to do, and remaining open minded as we do this is important, because at times we may get it wrong, and our pets will try to teach us the truth. I know Missy as well as I’ve ever known any of the dogs that have been in my life. Missy and I have a connection, in that we both have a chronic auto-immune illness that requires treatment so we can live our best possible lives.
I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Missy has Canine Dry Eye. For my illness, I take a Gilenya capsule every morning. For Missy’s illness, she has Optixcare drops put in her eyes in the morning and evening every day. She will need this for the rest of her life. It’s usually my job to tend to Missy’s eyes. The illness causes ‘gunk’ to accumulate in Missy’s eyes, and she can’t see properly, so the ‘gunk’ has to be removed (carefully), and then one drop of Optixcare is put into her eye, and gently rubbed in.
This is a pretty well ‘in your face’ treatment, and Missy and I have developed a good understanding of it being a good thing to have done. Missy trusts me to be careful when I do this, and i trust Missy not to bite me if I accidentally hurt her slightly as I do it. It’s a good relationship, we have, Missy and I, one built on sharing, and doing our best to do what we do. Missy doesn’t mind if I sit on her sofa, at all.
To get back to the beginning of this post, the thing Graham was looking for was our Scrabble game. We’ve had this game for a very long time. It was in my family when I was young, and my mother gave it to me around thirty years ago, baby longer than that. We’ve played this game lots of times, and Graham and I decided last night, that we’d play Scrabble today.
A good idea, for sure, except, after and extensive search, the game remains unfound … Graham is the finder in our house, and if something goes missing he is almost always the person who will find it. He is a methodical thinker, rather than one who has flashes of brilliance … It works. Usually. But the Scrabble game remains unfound.
Is the day ruined? No, not at all. Graham is doing something different, something that will be of value to him, once it’s all done. And me? Well, hey, I’ve had something new to write a blog post about! It’s all good, if you can call anything about this crazy Lock Down Covid-19 time, good.