Living with Indy~Half way

The days are long but the months are short…

I can’t believe that we are already at the end of January. Where does the time go? After a recent hiatus from writing, it was pointed out to me that the Indy stories were missed, so here we are again!

Recently, my son messaged me to let me know he would pick up Indy in approximately 90 days. Initially, I thought, wow 90 more days…but then I reflected that 126 days had already passed and, therefore, we were beyond the half way mark!

It’s been about 4 months since Indy was dropped off to live with us, while my son serves our country and we’ve been making the best of the challenges and loving the attention this dog gives us. Indy is a cuddle monster and would climb onto your lab every minute of every day if she could.

2629B620-A252-43D9-8F7E-049C3B635B3BI recently came across this meme on facebook and it made me think of Indy and how she must be viewing her time with us. On reflection, the meme is pretty accurate of the time it took for her to settle into the routines of our busy lives. Although, I’m pretty sure when she hears a vehicle in the driveway she’s waiting for it to be her daddy.

I’d say that she is starting to feel like this is home. She’s learned a few more manners and is working on a few others. She sits at the door and waits for the “ok” before exiting the house, she’s better about not jumping out of the car without permission, and for the most part she comes when we call/whistle for her.

Indy typically goes to daycare once a week to stay social and occasionally socializes with the other dog on the property. She regularly tears apart her stuffy and managed to destroy a “tough” new xmas stuffy in literally 10 mins ­čśŽ

Each day that passes is one day closer to her being reunited with her person, and one more day closer to me not having dog hair on everything. Life is bittersweet and although I might complain a little, I’m sure I’ll miss her when she’s gone. I wonder if she’ll miss us?

Do you have a doggie story to share? We’d love to read about it in the comments!

IMG_1560 Time keeper (Trudi)


Living with Indy~Holiday

I never expected that dropping off a doggo to a kennel for an extended period of time would be so emotionally stressing…A3A0BB64-9F5A-48F0-9571-3D3B797BFDCC

We have been given the task to care for my son’s dog, she is a 90Lb Lab/Sheppard cross. She, Indy, will be with us for a total of 6 months while my son is serving in the military. Indy has started to settle in well, is learning our routines, and is enjoying lots of love and attention. And just when things are starting to feel more natural, our scheduled holiday was a welcomed reprieve for us but I’m not convinced 10 days in another new environment isn’t going to be the easiest for Indy.

The daycare/kennel we had chosen for Indy was close to home, well regarded, and experienced. Indy had spent one day a week at the daycare for several weeks, getting to know the staff and

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Dropping Indy off, for her, was a normal day at the center. For me, it was full of questions, such as will she feel abandoned, will she get enough cuddles, and how much time at home will she need to adjust all over again…

Thankfully, the daycare posted pictures each day while we were gone. Of course with treats, all the doggies looked happy and well adjusted! If only Indy could tell us her side of the experience, then we’d know the whole muddy story.

When I arrived to pick up Indy, it was like no time had passed. She was just as excited to see me as she usually was. She was bathed and wasn’t bringing home the smell of the daycare. She happily hopped into the back of the car and upon arriving home, promptly slept the rest of the day away.

Welcome home Indy, sleep well!

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