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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2012, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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DH started a new job today, two weeks on the west coast (Spokane WA) and two weeks here on the east coast. He starts out in Spokane so off he went this morning. Timmy seems really sad. I always take him out first thing so he can do his business but this morning he didn't want to go out, he just layed in his bed. I don't think he's sick but could he actually miss DH already? DH previousely worked from home so he was always around. My kids were a little out of sorts with this whole situation, lots of questions and Spokane research. My girls are 13 and 16 so it's not like they're young and don't understand. Now we did have my 13 year old's bat mitzvah this past Saturday so it's been a whirlwind past week. I need to go out and buy the party girl her iPod later today at a nice outside mall so I'm taking Tiimy with me so he can walk around and people watch, one of his favorite activities. I hope he's not depressed since we will have to go through this cycle every month. Who'd have thought, the guy who didn't even want a dog making such an impression on my little guy.

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My husband travels every week for his job also. Whenever Maddux sees the suitcase come out he does this "depressed" thing and goes to the kitchen and lays in his bed, or lays on our bed while DH is packing and flashes the sad puppy eyes, etc..... Once hubby is out the door he is fine. Then, when hubby gets home, Maddux has this funny shreek/cry/bark that he does and then does a RLH until "daddy" can pet him and show him some attention. I don't know if its because he misses him while he is gone but he sure is happy to see him come back. He does seem to equate the suitcase coming out with DH leaving. Maddux seems to be more of a "daddy's boy" even though I am the one who usually feeds, grooms, walks him and I am here with him 24/7. Jax on the other hand is a total "momma's boy" and doesn't seem to notice that DH leaves. When I leave its a different story! It's funny what they seem to know and pick up on.

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I think it's a good idea to treat Timmy to a nice time shopping, people watching. These are sensitive dogs and he will appreciate the family time.
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Poor little guy. It's difficult with pets because there is no way to make them understand that gone doesn't mean gone forever.
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Dexter knows something is going on, when something is amiss. You can tell with Dexter's behavior, he is constantly looking at you and following you around. He does get anxious.

When Dexter was younger and if dh went away for a few days, Dexter would want to go outside frequently, he would walk over where the car was and go to the street and just stand there looking.

Our pets are such creatures of habit. They can pick up the little details of our moods, actions, tones of voice or anything that is something is different and not going the way is always goes, they will know something is going on.

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right on Linda.

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Timmy seems better today, back to his normal routine. Funny story though. Last night about 10:00pm our time DH connected with us through FaceTiime (kind of like video chat but on our iPhones). Timmy was fast asleep on the couch next to me until he heard DH's voice, that's when he jumped on my lap and insisted on looking at the phone and joining our conversation. Whenever DH comes home he calls Timmy by shouting "Boy!". When he did this last night on the phone his tail was going a mile a minute. I need to get this on video when we touch base again since I was caught off guard last night. I think Timmy was the most excited to be hearing from him.

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Ahhhh, that is the cutest story! Aren't they the funniest, best dogs ever??? I can totally picture this....Ozzie loves his Daddy and I don't know what he would do if he was gone for that long.
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