White Dog and the White Dog Army are starting to flow with the new work week routine. Tonight they were waiting at the windows to greet Steve when he pulled up a bit after 6pm...still light enough to quickly change clothes and head out to the yard for a little fun before dinner and darkness.
Tonight Steve stopped to pick up cream for the morning's coffee and also brought home goat kefir as a special treat to be added to dinner. The WDA swooned at the addition, not a single bowl was left without a sheen of being licked clean.
And dinner comes at a "normal" time...with room in the evening for hanging out together, taking a post meal nap, and reading computer messages before heading out for night-night walks.
We still think that getting up so early and rushing through breakfast is uncivilized...at least WD and I do; we are both like the leisurely call to enter the day and linger over breakfast. The others do not seem to mind so much a 7am call to chow, but by noon are looking for treats normally served at three.
Puff would never have approved of the new routine of actually going to sleep after walks. She thought that time was to cuddle in bed and watch "wind down" television. But now early to rise dictates early to sleep.
Sachi, Steve's alarm clock is still trying to hit the new target. He is very serious in his duties and I can hear his collar tags start to jingle very early as he begins to pace and check the time. Steve likes to rise at 5:30am so that he can get a few things done for home or the non-profit before beginning his work day routine; Sachmo is misjudging to the early side (between 4:30 and 5:15) to begin his insistent "Wake Up" scramble on the side of the bed...robbing Steve of those best last few bits of sleep.
It is amazing exactly how adaptable our Army is. They have long been called to make changes every academic quarter but this routine change is much bigger and wider reaching. And yet, surprisingly quickly they are rising to the challenge and are finding reasons to be glad for the change.
I sometimes wish I was more flexible and quicker in adjusting; as always my WDA is an inspiration.