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Dogsitting is EXHAUSTING!

I am watching my parents’ dog while they’re away for a few days. She is a puppy. She is a big ball of energy. I am also watching my dog, who is a grumpy old man-dog who loves that he has a buddy to play with, but also likes quiet time.

Every day, they spend outside in their yard, and then I let them out and we play before dusk. At 4:00. And then I have to stay in the living room and the dining room to let them play inside. And keep an eye on them. She’s a really annoying kid-sister type and he can only take so much of her before he gets bossy.

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So we stay downstairs in the common areas until her bedtime. At 10. What the heck am I supposed to do with myself in my parents’ house for SIX HOURS??? EVERY NIGHT???? FOR A WEEK?????? I’d much rather hang out in the guest room with my dog passed out next to me, reading or something. But noooo, I have to watch Lady Destructo to make sure she doesn’t tear all the skin off of tennis balls and eat them.

Did I mention that she’s not entirely housetrained? She wants to be, so badly. When she goes to the door and pees a bit, she runs over to me, head down and ears back, like she’s sorry but she’s still not sure how this bladder thing works.

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So I also have to look out for that. I am so tired and I cannot wait for my folks to come back. The dogs each want all of the attention, and it’s way easier to satisfy that need when there are 3 people around. At this point, I’m lucky I have two hands, so everybody gets petted at the same time.

I really should take a nap to rest up for Fun Time. Oooh boy.

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