Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fuzzier
By templedf on Mar 15, 2005
One of the first things I did when I got back to Germany yesterday was to pick up our animals from the Tierpension (pet hotel) where they were staying. My wife and I are very excited to have finally found a pet sitter who seems trustworthy. (Tierpension Spannbauer in Beratzhausen for anyone in the neighborhood.) This was also the first time the cat stayed at a Tierpension instead of at home or with a friend.
As usual, the dog was happy to see me, but not entirely certain she wanted to give up her new life of 3 long walks a day and all the play she could stand. The cat, however, was very glad to see me. She wasn't very happy about the pet carrier, though. Normal enough.
The odd part came when I got them home. Suddenly and without warning, they like each other. Before we left, the cat was just learning to tolerate the dog in small doses. The dog was still obsessed with the cat. Now, the cat and the dog act like they've been getting along for decades. They both come to me to be fluffed at the same time. They lie beside each other. The cat rarely swats at the dog unless she really deserves it.
We were only gone a week. What happened? I think they actually missed each other. We'll see how long the peaceful coexistence lasts.