Days without pet sitting visits are rare in my line of work. It’s pretty much a seven day a week job. But I didn’t have any visits today – woo hoo. And to make it even better, it was a beautiful day out.

All mornings start with feeding the critters, and with walking the dogs, and- of course- the beloved cup of coffee. But it was all done in time to get out and shoot some photos in the early morning light. It rained last night and I wanted to capture some of the raindrops on plants for my 365 photo project. My favorite was this one:

Then the most challenging piece of the morning. Another of our cats went to the vet’s last night…that’s 4/6 this month. She has asthma and seasonal allergies were making matters worse and she’d stopped eating. So got her to use her inhaler this morning, and then an allergy pill…which she resisted mightily, but we got it done. I’d given her an appetite stimulant last night so she ate this morning, which made me happy. (She ate her dinner this evening too, so I think she’s on the mend.)

Marley and I had signed up to go care for some adoptable cats at the local pet store for a group I volunteer with, so we went over and cuddled with Zeny a bit, and gave her the morning room service.

Then some usual Saturday morning puttering about until it was time for Gracie’s Rally 2 class. Unlike Rally 1 we are working more on doing the rally course now, since we know all the novice rally signs. Rally 2 is more about fine-tuning than learning a lot of new signs, though we learned a few. We have a small class, so we had time to do two courses today, and Gracie and I had loads of fun. There’s a competitive rally opportunity this August in our area…I may just enter Gracie and see how it goes.

Home for lunch, laundry, and some time reading. I worked in bookstores and a publishing house for nearly thirty years, and by the time I left it I was more than sick of reading. But my love of books has returned in recent years, and I’m binge reading mystery series. Louise Penny has a new one coming out late summer, and I am practically counting the days. In the meantime, I’m working my way through Laura Lippman’s books now, having devoured about a dozen other mystery writers in the last few years. A guilty pleasure after many years of reading what I needed to read all the time.

Marley wanted to take the dogs for a walk, and it was so nice out, that we loaded the pups in the car and headed out to a local park for a nice walk. Lots of people and dogs out doing the same, which was very good for Gracie. Gotta keep working on those therapy dog skills!

Marley, Gracie, and Bodhi

Me and Gracie


We met some really fun people along the way. Had a long conversation with a woman with two very well-behaved rat terriers (almost an oxymoron) that she trains for agility. She has a blind dog at home, like our Bodhi, so we exchanged stories for awhile.

Home for dinner, and then this was Gracie, after a pretty full day for a youngster.

I can’t remember the last time I got to enjoy a really leisurely day. I think we’ll have to do this again sometime…maybe sometime soon.


10 thoughts on “A Day Off

  1. Sounds absolutely lovely! Your photo project photo is beautiful! And I love the photos of Marley with the pups and you with Gracie! Treasure the photos as much as you do the pups themselves. I have a lot of photos of Callie & Shadow together; but nowhere near enough of us with them. And not enough of us with Ducky either.

    1. I don’t have a lot of shots of me with Gracie, in particular. More of Marley and Bodhi. I’ll have to see what I can manage!

  2. PS. You need to schedule some “Mental Health” days. Pet sitting is great fun, I’m sure; but you need a day off more than “once in a long while” to recharge your internal batteries.

  3. Never a dull moment – action even on a day off. 😉 Since I’ve stopped working a day job, I like (and jealously guard) my leisure time. We both read A LOT. I’ve occasionally wondered what I would do if I couldn’t read? Go crazy! ;D

    1. We can sleep when we’re dead, right?! With a puppy in the house, inaction isn’t much of an option. But she keeps me young and a little bit crazy. And luckily, she loves napping on my lap while I read. Works for both of us.

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