I’m getting ready to travel, heading to Blog Paws in Nashville next week. In order to do that, I have to plan for what happens here at home while I’m gone. Specifically, what happens with all four dogs, twelve chickens and a duck. The people can take care of themselves. I’ll walk you through my process. It’s about to drive me insane, so I need to type it out. Good thing I have this blog, eh? 😉
First, the big dogs. Flash and Patches are thirteen years old and have a set routine. Hunny will be home while I’m gone, so he can handle their care without even thinking about it.
Second up, the little dogs. My mom takes care of them in her home. Chewy, Gadget and Honey all get along pretty well. The only complication will be my sister and her family who’ll be staying with mom for a few days.
That’s the easy part. The stress of leaving my animals really boils down to the chickens. Hunny does a great job taking care of my girls while I’m gone, but it’s the young chicks I’m concerned about. Specifically Roux.
So there are four big hens in the coop/run, and the four smaller chicks, about three months old, in with them. The big hens have established a pecking order, with Roux at the bottom. It’s like they know she’s teacher’s pet and they’re beating the crap out of her for it. Breaks my heart. I’m concerned something will happen while I’m gone. And then there are the four younger chicks.
Any help would be appreciated. Words of wisdom. Advice. I tend to work myself up before leaving all the critters. Then I get home to find that everything was just fine. I’m trusting that will be the case this time, yes? And I’ll be returning with treats for the babies. And maybe some ducklings. Heh.
So! Let me know if I’ll see you at BlogPaws? I sure hope that I will! It’s my favorite event of the year! And I’m almost ready to travel. Now go give your dog a Jones Natural Chew and watch it smile! Naturally.
Until I write again …