House Sitting

6 Days. 3 Dogs. 1 Cat.

Meet Shadow (a 5 year old Black Lab), Shade (a 5 year old Weimaraner), Sunshine (a 1.5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), and the kitty cat Pebbles.

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I may be taking care of the house, but the dogs are actually taking care of me. They know the rules from the 3 weeks we lived together over summer: if it is dark at least one of you must follow me into every room so I’m never alone… I am secretly terrified of the dark and being by myself in a house. This small vice is why I don’t mind that Shadow insists on sleeping on my feet, Shade stretches out right against me and takes more than her half my pillow, and Sunshine is never more than a few feet away (if for some reason she’s not cuddled up right next to us). The sleeping arrangement is a bit tight, but at least I am fairly confident that there are no kidnappers who are willing to go through 3 dogs and a cat (who sometimes joins us despite the fact I’m allergic to her).

Besides the basic taking them out every once in a while and making sure they don’t starve, I am also taking pictures of each animal for the mother to print on big canvases for each child’s room. Dogs don’t take direction quite as well as people. Apparently asking “Would you mind turning your head slightly towards the light?” translates to “Why don’t we find a new location?” I haven’t quite mastered this language barrier which makes taking portraits more like a game of tag, except I’m always it.

But I have finally gotten 2 dogs complete: 1 day of tag at the house, 1 day at the beach, 236 photos, and hours of editing later.

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