I went out of town and left the pack at home. Alone. A friend and some of her family came over to let the dogs out and give them Kongs until my return.
Everything went well, all the dogs behaved, returned to their crates with only a minor bit of confusion and then I returned. It should have been a happy, we're-so-glad-you're-finally-home greeting. But it wasn't quite like that. It was more where-the-heck-have-you-been-and-why-do-you-smell-like-that?
I haven't been around horses before don't know much about them but quickly learned that if you stop petting this one, he'll give a nudge with his nose and almost knock you off your feet! A true gentle giant and it was fun to hang out with him for a bit.
There were also these -
And another dog and a sheep. (no pictures due to camera issues)
The pack spent a few minutes sniffing and sniffing while giving me accusatory looks.
"Oh but wait" I say. "I brought you something from the plane ride!"
Pretzels? A little bag of free pretzels? You think that is going to make up for leaving us alone and then returning smelling like other dogs and farm animals?!
It's been a couple of days, the clothes have been washed and I think they have forgiven me. I feel a little bad that I tried to bribe them with pretzels, but hey, I think it worked. Either that or they really do love me and am glad I'm back. I know I love them and am glad to be back with them.