Saturday, December 13, 2008

Where has she been?

Hello all!

As mentioned in my email by some of you, I haven't been around much lately. There is a reason for that, actually two. On December 2, 2008, I started college again. I also started working full time. In school I am taking a compressed online course in which we cover an entire semester in 5 weeks. I love it, but it is a lot of reading and writing! At work, I am working one and a half positions as I am filling in for a co-worker who is out on maternity leave. I started my job five days before the end of the last quarter of our fiscal year after having the girls in the office, who didn't really understand the computer program I work with, filled in my job for a month...after the girl who worked my job over the summer, who really didn't understand this program either walked out. Consequently, I have been having to go back over an entire quarter of the year, clean the data up and create the monthly reports, quarterly reports and annual reports for my position.

Nightmare does not describe what has been transpiring with all of this... however, I do have it pretty much straightened out at this point and will hopefully be moving into the new year with the reports in order... I hope.

SOOOOOOO..... This is why I have not been writing here. I've been working a lot and going to school.

Bear is adjusting to all of this pretty well. The husband has been working with him, taking walks with him...military style, which Bear absolutely loves, and has cut down on the "leaking" in the house all of the time. It seems that 3 miles a day, up and down the mountain is perfect for him. It is also improving Bear's listening skills, considerably. He does still require "Mommy time," but not all of the time.

One of the things we have noticed is that Bear has real separation issues from us, howling miserably when one of us leaves the house or even goes to shower. He really wants both of us within sight, and The William as well. He is really enjoying the cold and doesn't mind being outside on the run at all because he can see us through the windows and hear us. As soon as he can't, the howling begins as well as well as nervous prancing and leaking. After seeing this, I really believe that is where the chewing and destructive behavior comes from when we are gone. He gets very upset and anxious and just starts tearing at things. He has also taken to watching us out of the windows whenever one of us is outside or leaves and he is inside.

While it is wonderful to be loved this much, I do not think it is something we are going to be able to cure Bear of and thus, the crate will probably remain a fixed part of our lives. He has gotten to the point where he really likes his crate and knows that it is "his place" alone. Sometimes he just goes in and hangs out in there with his toys and when he has done something wrong, that is usually where we find him. He goes in now whenever we tell him it is time to without us having to pull or coerce him into it, which is nice!

Other big news is that we have, indeed, survived the ice storm in the North East! We lost power Thursday evening and it came back on at about 4 this morning. All in all, it could have been a whole lot worse! The roads remained passable and the generator ran fine. The husband has gotten the water pump hooked to it, so we have water and lights as well as heat and refrigeration when the electric goes out like this. The water was the last big thing that we needed hooked in. While a bit of a pain in the neck, we were not as uncomfortable as we could have been and our neighbors all fared through it well too. There were definitely places in the area that did not have it this good!

So that is the "news that's fit to print" here. I've got to run as I need to go into work this morning and I am definitely going to hit the shower first! My next break will come at roughly Christmas, so if I don't get over here till then, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday!

Stay safe!

The Wandering Writer and her dog...Bear


The Finely Tuned Woman said...

It's good to hear from you, although I am sorry that you have to work so hard and don't have the spare time to blog, but doubtlessly you enjoy your job and your school course as well.

It's nice to hear hat Bear has taken to his cage well, but sorry to hear that he has anxiety issues. That's not much fun for him or you. It's sad when a dog gets all insecure when he is alone. I hope this improves when he gets older and wiser.

Glad you survived that storm so well. It was quite a big one, wasn't it? I saw it on the news.

Take care, Don't work too hard.

Katherine Mikshenas said...

Merry Christmas! You have been missed but I am happy for you to be going back to school. Glad you were ok during the storm. Where I am in Maine we did not lose power but it certainly is freezing outside. You are in my prayers. My dog gets very anxious like Bear when we are not close by in the same room or outside. She also likes to go in her crate and take naps. She must feel safe in there. Well please give Bear and William a big Merry Christmas Hug and Merry Christmas to you and your family. God bless you. I will be praying for you.


~Marie~ said...

So glad to hear you are doing well, as well as Bear and William, and your husband.

Sounds like you are terribly busy and having fun all at the same time.

Have a great holiday and hopefully read another post soon.

Chris said...

Good to hear you are doing okay and that Bear has adjusted to the crate. He may yet grow out of the seperation tearing up things. Give it a little time. My Boxer use to have the seperation thing too but not so much anymore. Don't work to hard. Nice to see you on here again.

CC said...

Good to hear you made it through the storm and that you are doing well, just busy doing "life" things that are and school.
I am also happy to hear that Bear has adjusted to his crate. Seperation anxiety is a tough one, maybe with time.
Wishing you and all your two and four legged friends and family a wonderful Chritmas and I will look forward to your next post.

coopercreek said...

Thanks for checking in. I was wondering about you. Good luck with school.

Merry Christmas,
Laura and the cardis