Since Doppler’s become part of our family she’s been left alone once for about an hour. Yup, just once. Foolishly I’d installed a wireless camera so we could watch her yelp. I believe that’s officially referred to as Guilt-o-vision.
Over the past few weeks Helaine and I have begun to leave for a few minutes at a time while Doppler waits in her crate. Can you really ease into this sort of thing?
Everything was prepped. Doppler was left with a few treats, plus water in a plastic dish hanging on the crate’s struts. Helaine left the TV on and tuned to QVC. I hope Doppler had her credit card.
As soon as we were out of WiFi range I stopped the car, pulled out my phone and called up the camera.
Crap! She was barking already.
We drove to New Haven where we found a metered space on Orange Street. I got to use my credit card at a parking meter! I don’t want to seem like George H.W. Bush with the grocery scanner, but this was a first for me. Impressive.
I got a beer (my beer for 2012) and began to mingle. Tracey works at the old place so I got to see a lot of familiar faces. They asked how life was at FoxCT, but I’m not sure they were happy to hear how different things are up there. It is night and day.
Every so often Helaine asked to look at the dog via my cellphone. The barking continued.
After an hour and a half we headed back north. Doppler was quite excited to see us. It’s possible there are skid marks on the floor. Her paws were moving too fast for her body to keep up!
We’ll continue to stretch out Doppler’s ‘me time.’ I think if given the option of having to put up with solitary every once in a while to get the rest of the life she has with us she’d say, “Yes!”