Zappa ready to go
Having six dogs it is easy to get overwhelmed at times and being human has it's limitations. Trying to meet all the dog's needs and our special circumstances of two packs can be difficult. It seems they are always up and ready for action all at the same time while it seems my energy is spent or I'm busy with other things. These are the days I have to break everything down and concentrate my energy on one or two dogs.
There is something about that quality one-on-one time, usually by taking a walk, where I can catch my breath and relax. A little get to know them time. This helps me ease my mind knowing for that half hour or so someone is getting my undivided attention. It is in these moments that I gain a personal connection that I don't normally have in our house of dogs and being able to focus on just one. I think the same goes for the dog. I believe they appreciate being singled out and spending that extra time with me.
This is why rides with Daddy are so popular around our house. Everyone dances, sings and shakes for that quality time with Daddy. They don't seem to care that they are left in the car while he does his jobs, they just enjoy his company without the competition of the other dogs. There have been a few times when Daddy has taken two dogs at the same time and he said, it just isn't the same. They will squabble for the front seat and then someone is left in the back which takes away from that special time together.
Today was one of those days. I just couldn't do it all. So Zappa and I took off for walk and then I came back and got Brut. It was wonderful. That simple quiet time of reconnecting with them as individuals. Zappa becomes more independent away from Brut, marking everything he can. Brut followed his path afterward and remarked everything for him.
Having this time together is very effective and helps to center me so that I am mentally ready to handle the two packs again.
Brut walking in the sunshine