While getting ready to return home after a month in Panama, Mike and I debated: How would Honey greet us when we got home?
Here’s some background:
If a friend, neighbor, contractor, or pizza delivery person comes to the door, Honey responds like one of those dogs greeting their long-lost person after months away in the military. You know the ones I mean. Or, if you don’t, here’s a video to remind you.
That’s gotta make you feel loved, huh? Of course, some of those dogs probably respond the same way when their person comes back from picking up ice cream. Or maybe especiallyif their person has just returned from getting ice cream.
How does Honey greet us when we come home from work?
Let’s just say her response is subdued. She’s calm and mild. She picks up a toy in her mouth, greets us at the door, and then leads us to the back door so we can let her out for a break.
But would she be as calm if we were returning after a month away?
Mike said no. He thought her greeting when we got home would be more like her enthusiastic greeting for a stranger. After all, she’s been missing us for a month.
I said she’d probably be as calm as ever and would greet us the same way after a month away as she does when we’re only gone a few hours.
Who do you think won the debate? Was Honey insanely happy to see us and as excited as she normally gets with any stranger? Or did she act like we gone for no more than a few hours?
Leave your guess in the comments; I’ll give the answer tomorrow. And tell us how your dog responds when you return from being away. Is there any difference if you’re away for many days instead of just a few hours?