Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Forgive my Absence

The last several days I have been remiss--not posting to my blog, barely getting around to read other blogs. Please believe me, it is not for lack of interest. No, the thing I am missing is . . .TIME.

The past two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. Seemingly simultaneously, my father and aunt needed medical care. My father fell off his motorized scooter and, after delaying seeking treatment, ended up in the hospital with a deep leg bruise with a hematoma. He is now home, and recuperating. Around the same time, word came that my dear aunt had fallen and broken her hip. She had surgery and a hip replacement. She is in rehab, recovering, but longer term arrangements are needed for where she goes to live after she leaves rehab.

These two events have meant I need to devote my time and attention to things other than visiting blog friends.

And then, this past Friday, we had a guest come to stay with us for a week. Our son and daughter-in-law's dog Sonnet is visiting. She is being treated quite royally, as you can see.

Sonnet's visit has set up a most interesting dynamic between her and Ziva. Sonnet was great doggie friends with our sweet (now departed) Tipper. They had bonded, even though they sometimes fought.

Tipper was a definite alpha dog. She thought it her duty to police Sonnet in all things. Sonnet loves nothing more than grabbing a squeaky toy in her month and squeaking away--actually SQUEAKING away. When Sonnet ran to chase after a thrown toy, Tipper would race after her, barking like crazy.

Ziva, on the other hand, is most definitely NOT an alpha dog. She is all the way an omega dog. She instantly shows belly to any dog that challenges her. So, here's Sonnet--first of all, obviously remembering Tipper and disapproving of Ziva. Secondly, Sonnet has discovered that Ziva actually defers to her. So Sonnet has decided to take full advantage, and occasionally growl at Ziva.

I took the dogs to the dog park today. Ziva has only just begun to get the idea of the dog park. First number of times we took her, she stood there seeming to say--what? what should I do? Today, as soon as she got in the park, she raced off. After a bit, Sonnet ran after her. For once, the roles were reversed--Ziva in full command, Sonnet a bit bewildered. The time did seem to help even the balance between them.

And, of course, the best part--both dogs are wiped out sleeping tonight.


Beverly said...

I'm sorry about your dad's fall. I hope he recovers quickly...your aunt too.

Happy dogsitting. I'm not sure I'd have what it takes to take care of two dogs. I've always just had had cats. They sort of take care of themselves.

Unknown said...

I'll forgive you if you forgive me. I know how it goes having, having a real life! Can't spend all day on the computer, either!

Jayne said...

Wow Donna, you have had a full plate for sure. Glad everyone is on the mend and that the house guest is learning to know the new routine with Ziva. :c)

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I had noticed you silence but thought you might be away on a short trip. I am sorry to read about your Dad's fall and your aunt's surgery. It must be a big worry to you. Your elders seem to be tough and resilient so I trust they will continue to improve.

Ruth said...

I am glad your dad and aunt are on their road to recovery. Falls are such a big event for older people and so often impact the rest of their lives. Interesting how the two dogs are interacting. Reminds me of work:-)
Have a good day!

Anvilcloud said...

I think a number of us are having trouble getting a round tuit lately.

Molly said...

I'm so sorry that you have experienced such trauma with your family - but glad to hear that everyone is now on the mend.

Our dogs provide endless pleasure, and a nice distraction from "real" life - don't they?

NCmountainwoman said...

So sorry about the family medical problems, especially your aunt who may have to make other living arrangements.

I love doggie dynamics! And way to go Ziva!