It's been a long week at our house. Maybe it's getting used to going back to work after having all those snow days. It might also have something to do with the fact that this was conference week at school. Thursday night I didn't get home until almost bedtime. I was mobbed by four happy dogs when I got home, though, which made me feel better. At least the girls missed me.
After slowly making my way through the kitchen and sitting my things down I was able to kneel down and greet each of them properly. It seemed that each of them had something they needed to tell me.
Lilac: I'm hungry, dammit! Dad didn't arrange my kibble in my bowl the way I like it! Where were you?
Blueberry: It was horrible! Dad took Morgan and Bunny for a walk and left me here!
Morgan: Where have you been?! Do you have any idea how worried I've been about you? Let me give you a thorough sniff over and see what you've been up to!
Bunny: I've missed you! Oh, I had to share a walk with Morgan and Dad and it wasn't nearly as fun as it is with you and I had to eat my food and fight off Morgan and Blueberry and Dad didn't do anything about it and I had to share the couch with Blue and Morgan and I had to sit in the middle with no armrest and I've really missed you! Promise me you aren't leaving again.
I'll just say for the record that some dogs in our house might be prone to exaggeration. Mr. Taleteller is quite fond of his girls and I don't believe for a second that any injustices were actually committed. It's nice to be missed, though, and I was really glad to see them, too. I made my way to the couch to sit down and unwind a little before going to bed.
Usually, the Greyhounds lounge about the house during the evening while Morgan goes on patrol. This night, Bunny was curled up tightly against me on the couch, suddenly stretced out as much as her tiny frame could be so that no one else would be interested in dethroning her. Blueberry laid down on the bed nearest me, making eye contact with me every time I looked up. Lilac kept walking over and pressing her head against my chest, making me pet her until her butt was drooping to the floor. Morgan couldn't decide if she should patrol or keep a constant eye on me lest I think about separating from the pack again.
Morgan: You're home early! Oh my dog! Can it really be true? How did this happen?
Me: I'm home early to spend time with you girls. We have a long weekend ahead of us. What would you all like to do?
Blueberry: I have GOT to get out of this house! You have to take me somewhere! It's not fair that I never get to go with this stupid splint on.
Lilac: Make sure you feed me! Oh, and I need extra neck scratches!
Morgan: HIKING! Oh, the sun is shining! Let's go right now! Just let me grab my Wolf Pack!
Bunny: Hiking sounds nice, and maybe a trip to the dog park. Oh, and I need some snuggle time. Perhaps tomorrow morning in the bed. Oh, yes, and I need Bunny time!
Lilac: I can make promises, but my bladder has a mind of its own.
Me: Um, well, it's the thought that counts. Can you at least give it a try?
Lilac: I'll try to only wake Dad up in the morning. Is it a deal?
Me: It works for me.