Saturday, November 17, 2007

Home Again!

We're back from Copenhagen. :o) And we had a wonderful trip. Poor hubby had to work most of the time. I had to work only one day, then spent the rest of the week bopping around the city on my own. What fun.

I saw surprisingly few dogs during my wanderings. Two of the four I saw during the week were Labs, which made me miss home, of course.

The first thing we did after our return and a stock-up run to the grocery store was pick up Pinot. She had great fun playing with her sister, Dakota, all week. I was delighted to see she recognized us and recognized her home after a week away.

That was Sunday PM, and the rest of the canine kids couldn't be picked up from the kennels until Monday, so we had full evening of enjoying Pinot to ourselves. What a snuggle bear!

It was the first time, however, that she'd ever been without a canine companion. Since birth, her litter mates or our gang have been around for her to play with. The poor little girl roamed around whimpering and looking for her buds off and on all evening.

She was fine as long as we were near. But she didn't like being left alone.

Until it was time for bed, that is. Then she quite happily entered her crate and settled down to sleep -- something that took me completely by surprise. I fully expected a night of her crying. But she seemed secure, even content, there. If that's not a plug for crate-training, I don't know what is.

Monday, I picked up the other four dogs. And Pinot could barely contain her excitement or her enthusiasm (same went for the gang).

Once they had the wiggles out of their systems, they all settled back into a normal routine, while Pinot took great advantage of the hammocks we've now moved indoors, claiming them as her own. :o)

She's a happy girl now -- glad to be with Elsie, Baxter, Ridge, and Kenya, and she doesn't seem to miss her litter mates anymore. In fact, Kenya has turned out to be her new playmate; she's a wonderful "aunt" to Pinot. I'll post more about that later this weekend.

So, we're back. And the gang is back in their routine. We're no longer in litter-mode (the other pups are gone, everything is all cleaned up, and we have our house back again -- it's actually a relief at this point, and just in time for the holidays). And we're all doing well.

It's good to be home.

'Til next time,


Mary said...

WELCOME BACK!!! There is nothing like a vacation even if it is for work...however, the best part is coming home to your four-legged kids. Their excitement and love is match by none other. Have fun loving on your kids and have a great Thanksgiving with your human kids as well as your dog kids. : )

JuliaR said...

I'm sure you have these pictures direct from the source but I was happy to see the sisters enjoying each other's companywhile you were away. You make good dogs. :)

theresa said...

It is always so good to be home! Have a wonderful holiday season and Copper sends kisses from Arizona!

Kayceebeebee said...

So glad you are back home! I missed your blog and pictures of your doggies. It's so neat that Pinot likes his crate. My "grand dog" likes his....we call it his kennel. He's a 2 1/2 yr old yellow lab named Bull and looks just like Elsie. Right now as I speak he is hunting with my 2 sons and my husband. Glad you had a good time in Copenhagen.

Lucy The Great Dane said...

I can not let my girlfriend Michelle look at your blog. If I do she is going to get on my case to get another lab. We already have one and she is a handful. A pleasure but still a handful.