I have just finished my first full week back at work after 3 week’s holiday. I rocked up to the office on Monday morning all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed feeling well rested and ready for the start of a whole new year . . .
By 10.30am the glow was seriously starting to wear off. The phone lines kept dropping in and out. I discovered that although I was receiving emails into the office, the emails I had been sending out since 7.30 that morning had, in fact, not left the building. My printer wouldn’t connect. I was beginning to wish I was back at home spending just one more slow lazy summer day with my girls . . .
In one of my last posts of 2017 I said I was going to spend my Christmas holidays doing as little as humanely possible. I joked that I might even take lessons from my dogs as they seemed to have taken the notion of rest and relaxation and developed it to high art. Well, one particularly lazy day, when I had no particular plans and even less inclination to make any, I decided it might be fun to catalogue their comings and goings, and see what they really did do all day . . .
Rise and shine. Leg stretches (preferably one leg at a time), back stretches (complete with the ‘oh-that’s-so-good’ face), tail wags (just to make sure they are all still working), fitful grumbles, quick kiss and a cuddle with mum and then all rush outside for a pee. Before I have even boiled the kettle they are all back inside and lined up in the kitchen waiting for breakfast (a half a chicken neck each for them and a cup of tea for me.)
All settle down for a post-breakfast nap while mum watches the early morning news.
Walkies!! Morning walks have been a bit of a lottery lately. This time only Maudie was interested. Maudie can be relied upon to go for a walk at any time of day, in any weather. Mabel prefers to choose her days and times. She is more likely to go if the wind is not blowing . . . or it is not too hot . . . or too cold . . . or the scary magpies are not already out and about. Molly hardly ever goes on a morning walk. She’s really not a morning person . . .
All worn out. (Even the two who didn’t go for a walk.) Time for another nap.
Molly roused herself and went to get a drink of water—and then went straight outside to pee the water away again. Mabel stood up, shook herself, turned around three times and lay back down to sleep. Molly quickly returned to her favourite spot and immediately fell unconscious. Maudie never stirred.
The next door neighbour’s dog Harry barked, which brought all my girls immediately to their feet and hurtling out into the back yard to see what he was barking at. A couple of minutes of (loud) conversation, followed by a might-just-have-a-quick-wander-around-the-garden-and-a-pee-while-I’m-out-here and they were all back inside, on the couch and dozing again.
(Sometimes it seriously pisses me off that I can spend hours trying to get to sleep and the girls can go spark-out as soon as they close their eyes . . . )
OMG! Was that the postman??? They all lift from a dead sleep as one in a frantic dash to the front window to bark maniacally at him until he’s out of sight. (While they do that I wash off the cup of tea I just threw all over myself after being thoroughly startled by the sudden avalanche of noise and movement. ) Once they have successfully seen the postman out of their street they huff and puff and jostle each other for a couple of minutes, and then, you guessed it, time for another nap.
And so the day progressed. There was more napping. The odd raised head, cocked ear, tail wag, a bit of scratch and yawn—and then more sleep. I won’t bore you with the details. If ‘lying around’ is actually their day job they’re damn good at it.
But I’m not buying it. They think I actually believe this is how they spend all their days. They think they’ve got me fooled. They’re wrong. I’ve seen videos of the shenanigans some people’s pets get up to when they’re not around. Knowing the cheeky personalities of my three little girls perhaps ignorance is bliss . . .