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The Difference Between Being With Your Dog and Your Dog Being With You

It was easier to have Silly Lilly Saturdays (or any day) when the weather was warm because we could be outside all day. Now, it’s a bit more challenging. After taking off 12 glorious days for the holidays, I noticed a distinct difference between having Lilly with me and Lilly having me with her.

I’ve been lucky enough to work from home since late 1999. That means both Lilly and Ginko don’t know what it’s like to have a Momma who is gone all day.

Ginko, the consummate Sofa Captain, takes up his post and only bothers me if he needs something.

Lilly, being Lilly and the consummate border collie, is most often at my feet. I move. She moves. It has always been that way.

Oh, sometimes she’ll sleep in her extra crate in the dining room or on a bed in the sun or in front of the fire, but most of the time — especially now — she is glued to me.

Dog agility folks use the term “velcro dog” to describe dogs who don’t work well at a distance on the agility course. Lately, it’s as if Lilly is velcroed to my shin.

Often I move, and she doesn’t. Or, if I’m standing at the bathroom or kitchen counter, Lilly wedges herself between me and the cabinets.

That’s a normal day around here. We’re always together.

BUT, there is a big difference between being home with the dog and truly being with them.

It’s less about them being around for you and more about you being around for them.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, border collie sleeping in the sunlightOn whatever kind of Silly Lilly day we choose, I typically stay right at Lilly’s side:

  • If she is sleeping, I either cuddle with her or read quietly at her side until she wakes up.
  • If she wants to walk, we walk.
  • If she wants to play, we play.
  • If she wants to poke around outside, we poke.

Sometimes, Lilly will crack her eyes and check. Upon seeing me there, or feeling my body against hers, she often sighs and goes back to sleep.

“I’m still here, baby girl.”




Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Patricia Gonzalez - January 17, 2013

You both are very lucky in having one another. Those precious moments are yours to keep forever. These moments are good to have in your memory.

Living Large - January 17, 2013

One of our dogs, Dakota, loves nothing more than to cuddle with me. That is the best feeling in the world. I think we’re very lucky. šŸ™‚

Debra Jones - January 16, 2013

Sometimes, Lilly will crack her eyes and check. Upon seeing me there, or feeling my body against hers, she often sighs and goes back to sleep.

ā€œIā€™m still here, baby girl.ā€

Now, that’s a Joy Moment, Roxanne!!!

    Roxanne Hawn - January 17, 2013

    Definitely a joy moment. Yay!

Lee Anne McAdam - January 16, 2013

You are so right. Lilly is a lucky girl…bless you both.

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