Pack—No Suitcase

Who looks more relaxed, me or Mimi?  Took this picture with my iPhone the other day.  This is Mimi’s favorite spot when I’m on my computer.  She’s a happy girl and very loving toward us; I just wish she was that way with other people because then we could find her a permanent home.  Ronnie says she’s already found a permanent home—-it’s with us.  LOL  We have had her for almost 2 years so I think Ronnie’s right; she’s not going anywhere.  She gets along good with the other dogs in the pack, except Maximus–and she hates his guts.  She barks, snarls and nips at him and will chase him out of the house through the doggie door.  We have to watch them like a hawk to keep them away from each other.  We’re afraid she’s going to put him in defensive mode and he’s going to attack and hurt her, and we can’t let that happen.  Lately she has taken a new interest in Ronnie and will love on him, sleep close to him and follow him everywhere.  There has definitely been a change in our pack recently; everyone has shifted again, adjusted.  It is probably the addition of Gino because he is still a puppy, is full-grown at 5 pounds, and wants to be held and babied a lot, just like Dusty (who spends most of his life in my lap).  And we also have Jolie now and she takes a lot of attention away from our own dogs, but she needs so much and her owner wasn’t able to deal with her at this point in her life.  So everyone is happy with Jolie here with us, including Jolie.

There will probably be more changes in the pack now that I’m retired and home most of the time.  Maximus is not crated as much and Bandit is crated more (in order to let Max out an equal amount of time).  I also keep Gino and Mimi away from Maximus so his life is more peaceful.  I spend more time holding all of them but mostly the little ones.  Ronnie is afraid I’ll steal Gypsy’s love from him but he doesn’t realize that I’ve always paid attention to Gypsy; he just doesn’t usually see it because I’m usually gone working shiftwork.

It’s been a lazy weekend.  I’ve done more today but not much.  I’ve set meat out for dinner so I’ll be cooking at home.  Will probably make a pitcher of frozen drinks, too.  Ronnie was going to run up to the hospital to visit his mom but he was so exhausted he is napping instead.  Tomorrow activity will increase because I have some business to take care of and I want to get in to the gym or on our treadmill (one or the other).  I don’t think I’m in the right frame of mind to diet yet but I do want to be more active and not sit around like a lump every day.  Maybe this is a part of the adjustment to retirement; I’m trying not to stress over the fact that “I’m not accomplishing anything” because it’s not a race anymore.  I tell myself that if “it” doesn’t get done today there will be tomorrow; I don’t have to go back to work, there is no deadline.  It seems that life is still a learning experience even at 60 years of age.

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