Was That You? Living With Dogs

best dog blog, champion of my heart, photo of boy banging on a sauce potLiving in a relatively remote area and working from home (13 years now) means I enjoy the luxury of being with my dogs nearly 24/7. That doesn’t mean I’m mentally present for them all the time, but I am around for them. I do get to say, “Hey, buddy.” or “Who wants a snack?” throughout the day.

Granted, my questions could just as easily include:

  • What’s that noise / smell / commotion?
  • Do you really need to go out AGAIN?
  • How do you expect me to think when you keep interrupting me?

Often, the dogs aren’t at all subtle when making their needs known.

For example, this very second … as I type this sentence, Ginko is standing three feet to my right, squeaking at me. “Squeaking” is our word for incessant crying or whining.

I don’t know if it’s age or strange weather or what, but Ginko has NOT adjusted to the time change this time around. I’d ask him what’s wrong right now, but I know the answer. He thinks it’s time to eat. He is an hour early.

Oh, wait! He just flopped to the ground in a default DOWN. He really is trying to be polite and patient, but I know that the second I shift in my chair or stop typing that he’ll pop up, squeaking … thinking I’m going to feed him.


We have our quiet moments as well. The other night, right on the verge of dosing off, I heard a noise. The trouble is that I truly could NOT tell if it was my tummy growling or Lilly snoring that awoke me.

I hate being woken up, but when I realized in my sleepy haze that I didn’t know which one of us had made the sound, I decided it was the height of togetherness as I mumbled to Lilly, “Was that you?” before drifting off in earnest.


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.

Pamela - January 6, 2012

I hate the change between Daylight Savings Time and Regular Time. I’d rather remain conscious of what the planet is doing.

Should I sign Gingko up for my protest?

KimT - January 5, 2012

LOL Guilty here, too. Thanks so much for this – I thought I was the only nut! For what it’s worth, we have the same confusion here with the time change. It’s baffled me.

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