A few minutes ago I was all set up to write a blog post outside in my backyard. It is a beautiful spring day with lovely high temps and clear blue skies. Tall glass of iced tea…check. My laptop is all charged up…check. The backyard chairs are set up so that my legs are in the sun but the laptop screen is in the shade….check. Layla is with me and has a large bowl of water in her dog dish…check.
I sit down and open my laptop to a blank Word Document. Layla is pacing around the yard, following the scent of a neighbor cat, no doubt. She is very unhappy that an intruder has been in her yard without her permission. This is serious business. Back and forth, across the large yard she goes, with her nose to the ground. (Order cat food online here.)
I call to her. I want her to relax beside me and stop fussing like a little old lady. She comes to me and plops herself down on the cement next to my patio chair. But within 30 seconds she is up again, chasing a bird away from her water dish. Layla is infuriated! She goes back to circling the perimeter of the yard with gusto. How dare a wild bird use her water dish as a bathtub! (Buy birdseed online here)
Meanwhile I am staring at my computer, willing the words to appear before me. Layla has now decided to stand at the back door and whine. She wants to go back in the house. No one is in there to let her in and I do not want to leave the screen door open to allow flies and bees inside my house. (Doggy Doors here.) I plead with her to relax and sit down beside me while I work, like she does when we work inside.
But my dear little Labrador-Cocker mix has made up her mind that indoors is where she belongs. Layla relaxes best when inside the house. She barks at the neighbors out the window, but she does not pace and fuss. My dog has declared herself to be an inside dog. She has forgotten that she came from wolves that lived outside all year-round.
Actually, Layla may be closer to the truth than I am. Her ancestors lived in caves. They slept in wolf dens and kept their young pups safe by hiding them behind bushes and rocks in caves and crevices. Dogs are totally designed to live indoors. Even a sport dog like a Labrador and a water dog like a Cocker Spaniel can be perfectly at home inside. Layla was not at all impressed with the ocean last month. Water that moves back and forth was a bit too confusing to her.
Who won this little power play, you ask? Well, she is snoring with contentment beside me on the couch in our family room. (Buy quality dog bed online.) But I can still SEE the pretty day out there through the big windows.
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