“Life’s good. Mum’s home!”
Is this what my dog is thinking as I return home after a 3 week overseas trip? Or it is just my wishful thinking? What do your pets do when they meet you again after being separated?
I returned home and as I opened the door my dog raced out to meet me, jumped up, wagged her tail furiously, did a mad (typical Terrier mad moment!) dash around my front lawn and leapt up 3 steps and onto me again. Pure and utter expression of joy!
Moving through the house I enountered my 4 cats, one by one, each doing what cats do. My oldest boy Clyde (18yrs) stayed asleep on the sofa. At least he had the courtesy to open one eye. Mew did her smooch rub against me, as she does every day. Ginger stayed hidden until evening, again his normal behaviour. My big Maine Coon boy, Leo, leaped up on the benchtops where his food bowls sat, meowed, demanding to be fed. The cats may have been excited to see me but they sure keep that excitement under control compared to Chilli dog.
As the day progressed, however, the cats began to cling a little more. All 4 tried to sit on my lap and the dog protested that the cats were getting too much attention. Ah – life was back to normal.
What are your experiences of returning home after a break? Did your pets give you the cold shoulder or become super-excited?