Martha isn’t always the most affectionate dog. Sometimes she seems aloof, independent, self-centered. But when I’m sick or upset, she is always there for me, she comes through and is affectionate, even cuddly. This post from Nichole Wilde is a nice discussion about the varying degrees of closeness people have with their dogs. Enjoy!
I have certainly felt guilty about not spending enough time with Martha. Thank you, Elise, for this reminder!
I read an article in Forbes online which reminded me of the reasons why I have shared my workspace with Martha since she was 9 weeks old.
There are more and more articles like this, and I’m encouraged. I’d like to think that if I change jobs, I will still be able to bring my dog to work with me every day. I don’t think I could work well without her.
Martha sleeps for many, many hours each day. She comes into my office, curls up in her crate, and I don’t hear from her until around noon. That’s when she wakes up, stretches, and sits beside me with her thousand mile stare, telling me that it’s time to go out to walk and pick up lunch. Sometimes, if she’s lucky, she gets a little leftover lunch – salad is a favorite – and she likes to sit with her head on my knee while I eat, looking up with great hope and occasionally drooling.
After lunch, she sleeps again. Sharing my office with a sleeping dog is mostly wonderful. But when she starts to snore softly, usually around 3:30 in the afternoon, it’s all I can do to keep from cuddling up next to her. I try to listen to the rhythm of her breathing, and allow that to bring a calm focus to my work for the rest of the day.