My house is a mess. And it’s worrying the dog.
Who’d have thought she’d be such a neatnik?
Messy House Worries The Dog
As the house gets messier, Honey gets more worried.
I’m not a big cleaner. But I do like to keep the clutter to a minimum.
But with less than five days before our moving sale, it’s getting pretty cluttered. And Honey knows something is up.
She’s getting clingy.
Usually I go shopping while Honey is having her after-breakfast nap. She hears me grab my folding shopping cart from the basement and she knows where I’m going and that I’ll be back in a couple of hours (it takes longer when you shop by bus).
But yesterday, she came running downstairs from her nap when I left the room. She wanted to make sure of me before going back to her nap.
The Good Side Of Worry
There are positive aspects to Honey’s worry.
We get to spend lots of time cuddling since she’s more likely to curl up next to me while I’m working.
It’s an excellent reminder to take more breaks to play or walk outside in the lovely, spring weather (which is good for both of us).
And it confirms for me that what’s most important to Honey is being with us.
A woman asked a cruising forum I follow for advice about setting sail with her pit bull. I think she meant to ask about breed restrictions she might face in other countries. But instead, she got dozens of comments from people accusing her of hating her dog and mistreating him if she thought he’d ever be happy living on a boat with her.
It started me second-guessing myself.
I’m looking at Honey all over again. I’m seeing that she’s a moderate-energy dog who can run all day if needed but won’t complain if she only gets a short walk with play time.
But most of all, I see that she loves being with us. And that her response to chaos or uncertainty is to stay close.
Eventually, our boat will become home. To all of us.
We won’t have any clutter because anything left out on a sailboat can become a projectile in bad weather.
But we might have to suffer from a little less cuddling from Honey. After all, she won’t have anything to worry about.
Your Turn: Does your dog change his or her behavior when things are confusing around the house? Do they take everything in stride? Or are you so super-organized that you never let messes appear in your home?
Note to my readers: Bloggers may have noticed I’m less likely to comment at your websites. And other readers will see I’m not replying to their comments. I do read every comment and try to keep up with my favorite blogs. But organizing a sale that involves tagging every box of paper clips and pair of alpaca socks (my sister said that seeing the socks on my inventory list demonstrated to her just what it meant to “sell everything”) is, for me, worse than packing stuff and moving it.
We’re also starting to look at boats so we can move quickly after the house closes. When we have some idea of where our new home will be and what it looks like, you’ll learn about it here first.
Thanks for reading. And we hope to be more social soon.