Friday, July 27, 2007

BOUNDRIES

There is a lot of sadness around this house today. Something has happened that has been coming for a long time. SOMEONE is very unhappy about this change in her the world....



Mesa is in training…. to be a DOG. She seems to think (as do I) that she is not a dog. She started "the riding in car" training today. This is so veeeeery hard on me, too….. I love riding around with Mesa next to me snuggling with her left leg up over my shoulder…… All this "training" is in preparation for Tate. I want Mesa to change her behavior before Tate comes so that she does not resent Tate for changing her place from BABY of mine to DOG of mine.





So as she was presented with this in the car.... Her perfect world came crashing down.




Her reaction to this change was refusing to get into the car. Instead heading to the doors leading to the middle seats. "Be strong", I said to myself. I MADE Mesa get in the back and ride all the way for one mile to get coffee and a treat. This coffee and a treat is something we do every morning. It is our tradition. This morning she was IN THE BACK! NO snuggles from me, NO ear rubs from the gals in the drive thru coffee window. NOTHING! She acted as a dog and behind the dog barrier. After a quick torturous 5 minutes, she was home. I swear that that pup had tears in her eyes!! Ever since this bad terrible morning, she just hangs around will make no eye contact with me. I am a bad bad bad mommie!!
BE. STRONG. LISA.


16 comments:

Joannah said...

I have a net that I need to install in my car for similar reasons. Buffy and Taylor have never been allowed to ride shotgun, but they love to put their paws over the back seat and hang their heads out the window. I don't want them scratching any kiddos in the back seat in their exuberance to smell the great outdoors.

Mesa will adjust. She's a good girl and she'll know you still love her. Hang in there!

C.J. said...

Great plan...but I don't envy you. They can just make your heart bleed with such expressions.

You'll both find your groove in time.

Julie said...

See you're already practicing your discipline for Tate, on her "brother."

Carrie said...

Your dog is beautiful. We have a golden also and it is terrible when their feelings get hurt. They can kill you with those eyes.

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Oh poor Mesa :)

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

Ahhh.. poor Mesa! I'm sure she feels like she must have done something wrong to be treated this way. :-( Hang in there though.. she'll get used to it and realize it's for her benefit as well.

M3 said...

Oh poor sweeties (both of you). It's tough, tough, tough... Hang in there, she'll adjust to the new routine.

kris said...

Poor Mesa... she'll come around, don't worry!

Doris & Dan said...

How we love our furry babies! I have been thinking about how Daisy will react and what we can do now to get her ready. Granted she can sit on our lap and not make a ruccus. Hugs to you both!

Keep smilin!

Ani said...

Mesa should talk to my Nala... Since our son joined our family via domestic adoption, we didn't have quite as much time to prepare her for the transition from baby to dog. She's taken it in stride though, God bless her.

Give Mesa some extra loving at home, it will make up for her car-place demotion.

tracy said...

Ahhh, what a sad looking Mesa. I loved your post and I have to admit...I chuckled. It's tough stuff to be de-throned for no good reason. ;0)

Colleen said...

"sigh"...... makes me sad too. I do so love those pics of Mesa even if they are "sad" ones. I want to hug and smocch that sweet little girl to pieces. PLEASE kiss her for me. I am missing that doggie love something bad.

Shannon S said...

Don't forget to remind Mesa of all the new goodies & routines coming her way with Tate in the house! =)

Paulette said...

I had one when Lilly was a baby and at the age of 8 she would not dare jump over the sets and I don't have to use it any more. Some thing to say for starting your discipline early.

Shelley said...

It IS so hard to suddenly treat your fur baby like a dog.

When Gillian was born is when Murphy suddenly became a dog. She didn't like that at all and held a grudge against Gill for the rest of her life. One day, she even hip-checked the unsuspecting Gillian into the pool. It was the darndest thing I ever saw.

Mesa will adjust. You're doing the right thing.

Sandy said...

Oh Lisa - I feel your pain and totally sympathize with poor Mesa. Hang in there and she'll adjust!