The week of Thanksgiving is my “busy season.” We spend countless hours packing Christmas Stockings for Troops serving overseas. Riley, Rufus, and Bailey spent Thanksgiving day watching the Macy’s Parade, helping hang Christmas lights, and pack boxes. Riley snuck a few extra treats since he worked so hard helping with the Christmas decorations!
Since the dining room is filled with boxes we head to Grammie’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving! This year I made carrots, cranberries, and cornbread! Rufus was less than pleased Thursday afternoon to only smell carrots cooking…Luckily Grammie had roasted the turkey and Rufus recovered!
Dinner was not as peaceful as I would have hoped, but with a beagle on hand as least we didn’t lose the turkey! Rufus is taller than the table and Big Ed does not seem to think he will help himself. He is wrong…Grammie and I “guarded” each other’s plates multiple times throughout the evening! Halfway through the meal it was obvious Rufus was not going to calm down so I took him for a walk. After a plate of turkey, a walk, and a busy bone he curled up on the floor for a nap. At that point I could enjoy my dinner…it was worth the wait!
Rufus is just not designed to travel. He is a homebody and suffers anxiety when out of the house. Bailey and Riley love to be at Grammie’s house, but we can’t leave the big guy home alone so we just have to deal with his issues. I have said it before and I will say it again…Rufus is my Mount Everest! He is just where he needs to be, but some days this dog drains us! And just at the point when you are going to lose it he smiles and you know it is worth it.