Routine Maintenance

amywink July 27th, 2012

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I’m a person who enjoys a routine and for many years now, my morning routine has been wake early, drink coffee, write emails. It’s a nice slow morning ritual, a delicious rut.

Lily finds it boring.

BOH-RING.

In fact, she has found several of my routines very dull indeed. She has settled nicely into the Major Routines and understands when I am heading to work–it didn’t take her very long to recognize the “dress shoes” and “work clothes”–and she settles into her crate nicely when I am leaving for a regular class schedule. She enjoys the Saturdays at the Barn with gusto and any trip in the car.

But she really thinks I should Definitely Not sit down at the computer immediately on arriving home from work! Or when I wake up in the morning. She protests quite assertively and she has challenged me to change my routine. . . with vocal commentary and determined feet, which she can place on my lap *or* desk!!

I had tried to explain that this is what I do in the mornings but she is having none of it and has demanded some excitement. So this morning, we ventured outside instead. I took my coffee–which I am not giving up for her!!–and set up her swimming pool (her 14th week birthday pool!) and let her go to town.

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She tackled her new toy, the empty cat litter jug, with gusto as well.
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And thus my morning routine has shifted. Lily first, email later. So far, so good. After her wild hour of play, she’s resting comfortably under my desk as I write, perfectly happy to take her other work as Writing Dog *after* her work as “Fun Dog” is over.

She’s doing a great job of both.

One Response to “Routine Maintenance”

  1. Jacobon 22 Aug 2012 at 10:44 am

    Really fun post, Amy! Lily looks like she’s having a blast. Curious to know how you like the litter jug with two handles? Lilly obviously love it :) .

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