I am normally a very joyful, positive and fulfilled pet who lives in a very happy home. I get walks everyday, get treats and belly rubs at least several times a day, have conversations with Mom and Dad, get to go play Frisbee on the week-ends, and get to ride in the car a lot. I am included in EVERYTHING (even naptime). That is up until this past week. I honestly think Mom and Dad forgot about me – I’m not even sure they see me! They are so busy in and out of the house (without me). They are gone for long periods of time (without me). They move at warp speed when they are in the house, they talk to themselves – a lot – (I thought they were talking to me, but sadly I was mistaken). I thought I would let it slide for a few days, but now it has been a really long time (in my world). Do you have any suggestions? Something is going down and I’m not in the know.
Left Out and Ignored
Dear Left Out:
First, don’t panic. It is probably a phase, especially if it doesn’t happen all the time. In my experience the behavior you described happens upon the occurrence of the following: (1) a new baby coming to the house (which they usually talk to you about, so if they haven’t, and you don ‘t see signs, that is probably not it); (2) company coming – that is a BIG one – humans get wound up tight as tops when company is coming. They go crazy on their “to do” list and housecleaning, rushing around like life is a NASCAR race; or (3) the holidays – especially the “Big Three:” birthdays, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Holidays are a HUGE chaos trigger. There are the decorations (which are really annoying to me personally); the shopping, the Christmas cards (if its Christmas time), the mailing of things; the menu/food, the family, potentially travelling somewhere, etc. I’m sure you get my drift.
So, given that, I would suggest doing a little detective work. Observe your surroundings and see if any of those three scenarios fit your household. Whatever the case may be, you can always sit on their feet, literally, or put yourself near their feet. Think of them like sheep that need to be herded. When you are at their feet, STARE at them and sigh, really, really loud – almost a groan of agony. Keep your ears flat against your head in self-pity (they don’t have to know that part). Be shameless. If the issue continues, please write back in and we can explore further options.