Waiting at the Window: My dogs send me on a guilt trip.

Lilah,Tucker and Jasper wait at the window.

She’s been gone forever. Five whole minutes!

The dogs wait by the window for a little while after I leave.

Eventually they realize I’m actually gone, and one by one turn and walk away to take comfort in a favorite napping place.

According to my husband, from that moment on, the slightest sound will cause a stampede of paws and wagging tails, sure that Mom has come back. Followed by disappointment when the realization sinks in that I am still not home.

When my son pulls in the driveway, the sound of the tires raises hope once again. Poor kid gets the, “You’re not Mom” look, accompanied by sagging tails and downcast eyes.

Of course my return is cause for a joyous greeting, as I wade through a waist-high sea of happy puppiness.

Which is why it is always so difficult to leave.

I just imagine those faces at the window.

Watching.

Waiting.

Hoping.

Do you feel guilty when you leave your pets?

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21 Comments on "Waiting at the Window: My dogs send me on a guilt trip."

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  1. easy rider says:

    I know that feeling…. and I even bugged my parents to bring me home after two days, because I felt so sorry for Easy… Fortunately my parents are as crazy as me and drove the 1200km with me :o)
    Have a really good time at BlogPaws :o)
    easy rider

  2. Aww that’s so sweet! Kilo I’m sure naps the whole time I’m out on my bed…where he is not suppose to.

  3. jan says:

    According to humans still here, my dogs know when I will be coming home. Just around noon and five they start gathering at the front door. Strange…

  4. Priceless photo combined with caption! Hahaha. And you paint such a poignant picture: ““You’re not Mom” look! Sagging tails! Hahahaha. Thank you for the sweet laugh.

  5. Yes, I totally feel guilty when I leave! Although I must admit – sometimes when I come in, she’s right at the door like she waited there the whole time, and other times she comes strolling out of the bedroom, like “Oh, are you home already??” So who knows – maybe she’s fine with me leaving and it’s all an act! But if the hubs comes home w/out me he gets a quick greeting, then she runs to the garage looking for me! 🙂

    • She’s gotta keep you guessing, I suppose. From what I’ve read, dogs have very little sense of time. If you’re gone, it can seem endless no matter how long you’re gone.

  6. Breaks my heart everyday! I can’t stand it.

  7. Yep, Ruby gives me that heartbroken, your leaving me look. First she just stays on the couch and then runs to the window and watches as we drive away. It’s always so sad!

  8. I always feel super guilty. When the bf comes home, it’s like oh hey you’re home. When I get home, it’s omg, you were gone so long! How could you leave me!

  9. Elaine says:

    I love that, the “sea of happy puppiness”. It is always amazing to come home to so much love, isn’t it?

  10. Emma says:

    It really depends with Mom. If she is gone a lot, she feels bad, but if it is only now and then, she knows we enjoy a bit of quiet time without her.

  11. sandy says:

    My cat gives me his “sad face”. Now that he is almost 17, it almost always makes me teary.

  12. Christina says:

    When I’m leaving, I see my Luna’s eyes peaking over the windowsill next to the driveway, watching me leave. Breaks my heart, but I love the happy waggy tail and doggie smile that greets me when I return. Cute shot.

  13. meowmeowmans says:

    We definitely feel guilty leaving the cats. Moosey, Gracie and Zoe all have that guilt-inducing look down pat. 🙂

  14. Ruby says:

    Yeah, I bark at Ma when she leaves…I mean..THE NERVES!
    Then…I lay down and…wait. And wait. And, just like you guys, every sound is..MOM!!!!! Though, I don’t gets disappointed if it’s like Gpa, cause he brings me secret treaties! So, he’s even better than Ma! BOL
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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