Thursday, August 16, 2007

Load up...

I left the house around 6:30 this morning, headed for the AADE Dallas Shoot at the Dallas Gun Club. My plan was to leave my house at 6 a.m., but I was a bit delayed by Zack the Wonder Dog.

MLH spent the night in Pecos last night because he had to be out at the lease early this morning, which translates to I had to pack my truck myself. (Yes, I am spoiled – MLH usually does it for me.) I packed most of my stuff last night, and hauled it out to the Yukon. This morning, I had to load the cooler, and my guns.

The minute I opened my car door, Zack loaded up. To him, guns and a cooler mean bird hunting season. And the little toot refused to get out of my truck. I figured out really quickly that I didn’t have to worry about him running off, so I got his food set up in the back yard, and finished packing the truck, and then set about coaxing the lad back into the house. It took me quite a while. The usual commands didn't work..."House, Zack." "Get out." "Here."

And then, when I did get Zack back in the house, he decided to lay down on the rug right inside the front door, facing the back door. This was a first. Usually, he is standing at the front door, facing the front yard, begging to be let out in the front yard. But no, this morning, he lays down on the rug. It was like he was saying, “No way, Mom. I’m NOT going in the back yard. You loaded your guns in the truck. That means I go, too.”

It took me another good ten minutes to coax Zack into the back yard.

And all day long, I've been feeling guilty about leaving him.

8 comments:

Rach said...

Hope the shoot goes well! Can relate to the feeling guilty - Mac does that with the best of them!!!

beth said...

Awww...the girls are great with the guilt, too - they just stare at you every morning from the kitchen as you head for the garage. Dog-parenting is not for the weak willed!

Good luck with the shoot!

jonboy said...

The poor dog. His whole world has been turned upside down.

Karen said...

Whenever the husband, son and me leave to go somewhere at the same time, leaving Max home alone after having his house full of his humans, he cries so loudly we hear him out to the driveway. It makes my stomach hurt!

Janie said...

Rach - well, it's raining. It will be another great hair day at the shoot. It sucks sometimes being the only woman!! Thank God for ballcaps...

Beth - thanks, girl!!

Jonboy - you know that's right. When we drive away, Zack's probably saying to himself, "Heh. I'll make them think leave me here." As he goes to trash whatever's closest.

Karen - Zack doesn't cry, but he has this huge deep bark. I'm thinking about getting him a bark collar!

Winston said...

Hope all is well and y'all are not in the path of whatever beast will be coming ashore somewhere on the Texas coast. Batten down the hatches and ice down the Lone Star.

scotte said...

sok janie . tell ole zack bird season is just around the corner. Uncle scott will take him.

Janie said...

Winston - so far, so good...but iced down LoneStar will be here whenever you get this way!

Scott - it's a date, dude!!