October 9th 2010 4:04 pm
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Life is so confusing. Just when you think you have it figured out, somebody changes it on you. You have to remember that I'm a rescue dog and have had to get used to many new "homes" and many new "moms." So when my mom left me with Lamoine, my dog sitter, a couple of weeks ago and didn't come back and didn't come back...Well, I have to go back to that day and tell you how it all went down.
I told you that Mom had been putting things in the suitcases and that made me nervous right there. Then Lamoine came early the next morning and we all went to the place where the really big, long cars with lots of windows in a row stop and people get on and off. Mom and Lamoine took her suitcases out of the car and LEFT ME IN! A man took Mom's suitcases and put them in the bottom of the big, long car; then she came back to me, gave me a hug, told me to be a good boy and said the dreaded word: BYE-BYE! I watched out the window as the big long car opened up and swallowed her! I watched as it took my mom out of my life.
Lamoine was very nice to me - we played bunny and took walks and she took me almost everywhere in her car. We did everything together for a long time, until I started to forget about Mom. After a while, I got to feeling like she WAS my mom. Then one day this strange thing happened - we went back to the place where the really big, long cars stop and got out and waited until one of them stopped in front of us. It opened up and out came a person I didn't know. She called my name and was really excited to see me, but she had on clothes that smelled strange and when she bent down to hug me, I got frightened. She said, "Patch, don't you know me? Have you forgotten who I am?" I was really confused and didn't know what was happening. By the time the suitcases were loaded in the car, I was beginning to remember, and started to wag my tail - it was starting to come back to me that this person was familiar. I tried to get closer to check her out, but I was stuck in the back seat. By the time we got home and she started playing with me, I knew it was my mom, but she had been gone so long that I had learned to love Lamoine, too. Now Lamoine was leaving and I didn't know what I was supposed to do. I wanted to go and I wanted to stay. Mom loved me up and then we both watched out the window as Lamoine got in her car and left. Mom told me how much she'd missed me and that she was sorry she'd been gone so long. She said she understands that I love Lamoine, too, and that we'd see her again soon, but just for a visit.
I think Mom's feelings were a little hurt, but that's what she gets for leaving me. I know that next time, she'll pack MY suitcase, too.
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Hey Patch, Happy to hear your mom's back. Casey and I hate the "mommy switch". It was nice that you got to stay in your own home with the mom replacement. That's how it is for us now when the folks go away and our uncle comes. Hope you never get sent to "boarding", now that's brutal! There is all night barking and not many hugs at all. When we went there we gave the folks the cold shoulder when they picked us up.