As some of you may remember, I am planning on spending a little over a month in Spain this summer. There’s just one major problem (despite trying to fit all my clothes and shoes into the suitcases )- My dog and I are very, very attached. Every morning, she lies in wait (sometimes for hours) outside my bedroom door, straining her ears for the slightest sound that might indicate that I am awake. That’s just one of the many examples of her devotion, and I am equally devoted to her. This dog misses me when I go to school; what will happen when I’m gone for a month?
I can’t really explain to her that I will be back. She’s seen suitcases before, and knows that after seeing them, we go away and come back, but none of us has ever been gone for this long before. I was thinking of maybe starting to wear a light perfume that she can associate with me, and leaving it behind for my parents to spritz about the house while I am gone, and sleeping with some old towels during the few weeks before I leave so as to get my scent on them for her.
I’ve started asking this now so that if I need some time for her to be able to associate something new with me, we’ll have months. Do you all have any ideas of what I can do to make the parting a bit easier for her?