Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Adventures in Dog-Sitting

I'm back online! I've got some catching up to do with my favourite dog blogs - I'll hop around when I have some free time this week. I hope you've all been doing well!

We're starting a new dog adventure this week. I've often wondered what life would be like with two dogs. I've heard that two dogs is half the work, but my husband is not so convinced. This week, we'll find out who's right, because we're dog-sitting for our lovely friends who were kind enough to take Oscar on last week when we were on vacation. They've left us with their adorable cockapoo, Mia.

Oscar is usually in an e-pen during the day, but Mia usually wanders the house. We figured we shouldn't keep Oscar in his e-pen while Mia got to run around, so we did some reorganizing. We bought an extra baby gate to close off the kitchen, and closed all the doors to the rooms in the house, so they've got the run of the living room, dining area and hallway during the day. We did another (major) round of puppy-proofing, since we don't know how Oscar will be when he's out during the day.

I figure they'll keep each other busy enough. This should be interesting - it's our first dog-sitting adventure. The pups have pretty different temperaments, and different habits, so we'll have some learning to do. Right now we've left them upstairs to see how they do before we leave them for the day tomorrow, and all I hear is them running around. They'll probably tire themselves out soon. Wish us luck! I'll let you all know how it goes!


Sawyer the Schnauzer said...

What a coincidence! We're also pet-sitting for the very first time! Lacey, an 8 year old Labrador Retriever, came to stay with us last Thursday and she's here until Monday. I'm sorry to say, but your husband is right - it's double the work. But that could just be because of the two dogs and their personalities. Sawyer is so young and has so much energy that all she wants to do is jump on Lacey and run and play. Lacey seems to be enjoying it, but I'm too scared to leave them alone because I'm worried that Lacey might accidentally hurt her because she's so much bigger. And because Sawyer's so crazy for her, we can't even walk them together or take them out to go to the bathroom. It's crazy! But I really love how much fun Sawyer's having, so it's worth it. Oh, and also helping out our friends who are getting married in Jamaica right now makes it worthwhile, haha!

Glad that you're back online!

Katie said...

Definitely double the work! At least initially until everyone gets comfortable and settled. Adding my Oscar to my home with Nugget already set in his ways was a big challenge at first. But they do play nicely together and everyone is on the same schedule. I wouldn't say that it's ever HALF the work, but most days, it's no more work than if I just had one. Do post pics, please! :)

Amber-Mae said...

Good luck with the pet-sitting! Mia must be a cute!

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

We would love to know how it goes. It must be fun but yes, double the work. We have done dog sitting before.

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