My first week with Tess.

Normally when Mike is away at work – I find the time goes by particularly slowly.  This has not been the case since our dog Tess has come to stay with us in the city.

I find watching her amusing… very amusing.

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Corymbia ficifolia, a stunning red flowering gum tree.

She has had a fairly “event” filled week, though there had been periods of time where she’s probably not as stimulated as normal.

Her second day she spent with me at work.  She was very shy and lay at my feet the entire day apart from a brief moment when I found her gingerly pulling the CEO’s garbage out of a bin – piece by piece and placing it into a new pile.  She was looking for treasure.  My co-workers were surprised by how mellow she is, as they came around for a quick pat.  Whilst it does seem like she’s an old dog by the way she behaves, she is only 4.5 years old.  She was well attended to at work, and gave us all little distractions… I think there is something really nice about having a dog in the office – they can remove stress and give people a welcome bit of affection that can brighten their day.  It’s something that’s quite common in Vancouver actually, many offices have a policy that allows them to bring their dog to work, most days.  It’s awesome.

Have you ever had the chance to bring your dog to work?  How do you feel about bringing a dog into the office or work space?

She’s been asked to come in again by one of the directors – and I think at some point this week I’ll have her in for another day of petting and attention and “slothing” about.

As I write she’s pressed into my side sleeping.   No wait – she’s moving away now.  I must be annoying her.

I do have some guilt about keeping an “outside” dog inside – but at the same time she looks so cozy and happy, that I think while she might not be getting as much exercise she’s safe and somewhat content.

Back to why I originally started writing this piece.  My observation this morning…

I was just waking up from a deep sleep when I groaned and stretched.  It’s Sunday morning, so we slept in till 7.  Tess was sleeping beside me and turned to greet me.  She shook her little tail and brought her nose close to me (thankfully she never gives kisses, it’s not her style).  She loves to have her chin stroked so I gave her a few pats.  She was enjoying this immensely until she caught the reflection of another tan, black and white dog in our closet mirrors.  She stared at it intensely.  So intensely… then leaned her head back ever so slightly in horror.  She moved her neck back another inch.  She did this for about 4 minutes.  I tried not to laugh as I was waiting to see what her final reaction would end up being.  Eventually she turned her head really quickly to hide her face and pretend she couldn’t see “the other dog” and hid her face in the blankets.

It was adorable…and so amusing.

Mike also teases her on Skype when we talk at night – She just about loses her mind trying to figure out where his voice is coming from.  She looks like she’s nervous he’s about to catch her inside or sleeping on the couch (a no no) and  he’d not really be too happy she’s sleeping in bed with me!

All her freedom vanishes when “Mean Mike’s” around! ahha…

  • She loves people – total strangers especially, but some more than others.
  • She’s terrified of buses
  • Children scare her and also perplex her, mostly scare her.
  • All the local birds try to swoop and attack her
  • She grumbles to me when I grumble to her – kind of like muttering and we “talk”.
  • In the middle of the night she comes close and cuddles with me when I say it’s bed time (she’s not normally much of a cuddly dog but I think she’s changing her ways).

8 thoughts on “My first week with Tess.

  1. We have two Frenchies and I used to take their predecessors to the office in Toronto many years ago. It certainly added animation! Then other people started bringing their dogs and sometimes it got a little crazy. Yours certainly looks to be a character!

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  2. How lovely! I think dogs can teach us so much. My days are spent with my lovely Bob, a little black English cocker spaniel; he’s so funny and so lovely, I just couldn’t be without him now. I love how you can take dogs to work, that doesn’t happen here 😦

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    • Oh yes I’ve seen a few of your pictures of Bob. He is so cute. Have you always had pet dogs? Did you family have them when you were growing up? I really do think they make awesome fun, loving additions to the family.

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      • No, I didn’t grow up with dogs, or pets at all. I’ve had my own dogs for 20 years now, I got my first dog when I lived on my own in my early twenties and have always had numerous dogs ever since! When we had a few months without a dog when our last old boy died, the house was so empty. When Bob arrived, our home and family was complete again 🙂

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    • When we first got Tess it was a real discussion piece as to whether she was an inside or an outside dog. Luckily she learned both ways and is totally chilled living in the city. Mike had only really ever wanted an outside dog, that could work – but of course I wanted to make sure she was smothered with love and cuddles. He and I are both really happy that she can seamlessly integrate herself into both lifestyles. She’s been awesome. I hope you have a dog in the house soon too. They are such good company.

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