About Simba's Mom
I was born and raised in California, lived in Pennsylvania for several years, and have recently moved to Delaware. I have gone from being a teacher for 20 years to a blogger and now back to teaching but still blogging. I have a great dog named Simba. Simba is a German Shorthaired Pointer. Life with Simba is an adventure every day. I have had dogs my entire life but I have learned most about dogs living with Simba. German Shorthaired Pointers really do become your best friend. They become extremely attached and that is why they say they have the Velcro phenomenon. Simba now has a sister 8 years younger and her name is Gypsy.
Oh, how we all can relate to Simba’s adventures! My male, Buckeye, loves to chew on my things (never my husbands). But he takes it to the bed and chews it up there. He has gotten much better since he has grown out of puppy-hood (but do they ever ?) Our other GSP, Shadow, loves to play with tennis balls and will lay it between your feet if you are busy with something else. If we are digging holes in the garden, she drops the ball into the hole for us to pick up and throw.
Love their antics and personalities! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for commenting. I laughed as I read your comment. GSP’s are so delightful. I would never have thought that it is a characteristic of GSPs to be so clever and funny (sometimes mischievous) when I brought Simba home. She has taught me a lot. We would love to if you send us pictures of Buckey and Shadow with their story to be published here.
Taking your dog to work with you is a great idea. You might try giving her a kong toy filled with peanut butter, or some other goodie that she likes. That way she can be doing her thing while you do yours. My first dog after I got married (1954) was a German Short Hair Pointer. He was one of the best of the nine dogs I’ve had since.
Thanks for taking the time to share. Simba tears those Kong toys apart in minutes, even the black ones. I think she would still interrupt my work every two minutes. She just loves to play and have my attention. I adore her. I’m with you, I have had many different breeds in my life time, but this girl is my absolute favorite.
Though not a total solution for canine loneliness, I believe keeping the radio on while you leave helps.
I recommend soft music with frequent human commentary. Also I think it’s good to just leave quietly and
quickly without making a big deal out of it– just matter of fact without giving any sad or anxious emotions
from you for your dog to pick up on. Now this may sound nuts, but I turn my phone message machine
way up and call it saying hi and what a wonderful dog you are and that I’ll see you very soon with a treat.”
In any event, your dog is very lucky to have someone like you who cares about her being lonely.
Charles, thank you so much for the great ideas. I will leave the music on for her so that the house is not so quiet. Thank you for visiting us.
Sounds like Simba’s mom needs a vacation, or at least a day off. And Simba needs a nice long trip to the doggie park!
YES! You are so right. It would just be nice to both spend the whole day together playing and cuddling at home. 🙂