This is my Son Sam, on this particular day Sam made the winning touchdown in the last minute of the game. The coach picked Sam up and put him on his shoulder and his teammates all crowded around him and I was such a proud mom. I kissed him in front of his team mates and as you can see by the look on Sam's face that he did not like that. So, I tried the "knuckle thing" and that worked much better for him.
It is so sad to see our children grow up, from the time Sam was born until he was four; he was constantly in my arms, he would cry when I was not within arm lengths of him. My son is now thirteen and although he doesn't like to cuddle much anymore he still hangs very close to me unless he is outside playing with his friends.
What I find interesting is that as a mother I have spent so much time worrying about my children and sheltering them as most parents do, now when I am without the children I realized that I am the one with seperation anxiety.
Now my daughter is about to go off to College and I am so fearful about how I will handle this.
I would like to introduce the newest culprit of my family who is experiencing separation anxiety. Meet Olli~ Oliver George; we have had Ollie for nearly two years. My son wanted a dog and I finally gave in…
In the picture above you see Ollie is laying out in the sun, he took a dive in the swimming pool and now he is either working on his tan or trying to dry off. (usually he dries of on the fence and runs laps around the pool and once he is dry he dives right back in the pool)
If you know anything about Australian Shepherds then you know their job is to herd, and protect, he does both very well. Ollie, thinks that he is the ALPHA and we are the Omega, or maybe his sheep?
Taking a walk on Rehoboth Beach Delaware, March 2011
Beyond our pool we have woods, keeping in mind that our back yard is fenced, our big ALPHA dog is afraid to go outside after night fall because Ollie gets spooked! He is afraid of the wind, the chipmunks, moles, frogs, turtles, rabbits, deers and his own shadow.
Ollie tries to rule the house hold and let the neighbors know that he is the ALPHA of "his territory" (Crazy Dog)
The big ALPHA has separation issues and he is constantly under my feet and when I have to leave him alone he looks so sad it nearly breaks my heart. When I do leave for a few hours I worry about him the entire time that I am away because I know that he is laying in the front window waiting for me to come home. (sad and pouting)
Im having a really hard time traveling unless I can take Ollie in my car; like D.C. or Minneapolis.
My question is: How do I make the decision to travel and leave him in a kennel? Do people really do this? I know that Ollie is just a dog but should my life revolve around my dog? Is this normal? How do people handle traveling and putting their dog in a kennel? Can it be done?
My cat Tabby died two years ago yesterday it was on MLK Day; our beloved nine year old cat, it was heart breaking losing her. In memory of Tabby our Persian cat I would like to post her picture.
Tabby was a tough cat, if she were here today, she would put Ollie in his place, she would take the ALPHA right out of Oliver George.
Facts about Ollie
- He will not eat dog food
- He herds us all to bed
- He is the "life guard" of the pool and rescues even when we don't want to be rescued
- He gets out of the pool to pee (smart dog)
- He loves to hump "Alpha us"
- He likes fried chips over baked chips
- He has an "Alpha War" going on with the man next door
- He is a bed hog
- He doesn't "fetch" he makes us "fetch"
- He barks at everyone vigorously who pass by the house
- He is lazy
- He begs for "people food" because he is to good for his dog food
- He is afraid of his own shadow
- He tilts his head to the side "when trying to understand whats being said"
- He understands several words, walk, buh-bye, hot dog, night-night, bone and football
- He kisses our tears away when we cry
- He waits for the bus everyday to deliver his precious cargo, "Sam"
- He snorts when he is sad or angry
- He hates Algebra
- He is a fatso however he is amazingly fast
- He doesn't like tuna
- He doesn't like Julie Chen on "the talk"
- He has to race everyone up the stairs