In the most recent past we went to visit some of our friends. We decided to leave our seven and four month old puppies at home for the afternoon while we were gone. This is not something that I usually do. If we are going to be gone for any amount of time, I get a sitter for the dogs.
We upon our return we discovered that our seven month old Lab/Boxer DESTROYED our Loveseat. A behavior normally associated with separation anxiety.
Our home is only 1100 heated square feet and we've not had the room to have a permanent place to set up our dinning table. Setting up the table for dinner has been the biggest P.I.T.A since 2003.
After I finished cleaning up the mess from the dogs I started looking at this void I now have in the family room. I was so angry about the dog destroying the furniture that I couldn't see straight. After taking a couple of deep breaths and trying to regroup I spoke out loud and said, "What in the heck am I going to do now?"
Well, I walked away from this for a moment or two and I pondered on this thought for a while. When my four-year-old daughter came up to me and said, "Mama, why don't you put the table there? We can have dinner there tonight!"
I must confess that it has been the biggest blessing this family has seen in a while. We've had some serious issues before us and we've not seen the light at the end of the tunnel in a while. It sure has been nice to actually see everyone excited to get ready for dinner.
The children, the husband, and I don't cringe anymore when the words "dinner is ready, set the table".
It's amazing how our dog's bad behavior turned out to be our greatest gift.
June 26, 2009 8:45AM
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