Last week I published Part 1 to our highly structured daily routine according to our little whippet clock. Today, as promised, I return to Part 2, which tells about George’s afternoons and evenings. So, let’s continue.
15.45 Brianna gets back from school and George awakes from his slumber to greet her. Jumps up her, gives her a kiss and picks up his squeaky Christmas cracker (a present from Brianna), anticipating a game with his sister. This is the only time he shows an interest in this toy, so somehow he must know it’s a present from her. The kids have a whole hour to mess about and chase each other around the house or garden, whilst the adults cook the evening meal.
17.00 George is making his presence felt in the kitchen and would not leave. Hunger has kicked in again and the aromas coming from the oven don’t help. George is either lying in front of the oven, making sure he doesn’t miss anything, or sniffing the worktop trying to work out what we’re cooking.
17.15 Dinner time. George gets his bowl of food and the humans sit at the table ready to enjoy theirs. George strolls to the kitchen to see what on his menu for the evening, sniffs it and walks away without even a bite. He’s convinced that our food is better than his, so he comes to check it out and beg for handouts from out table. Which he sometimes gets.
17.45 We’ve finished our meal and are washing up. George realises that he’s not going to get any ‘human’ food, so he finishes off his own rather quickly, as he knows there’s a lot of fun to come in the evening, before Brianna goes to bed. It’s family play time until 7 p.m. and he loves being part of it.
19.00 Brianna gets ready for her 1 hour of reading in bed and dad sits down trying to watch the news. George, however, has other ideas and starts to hassle him, asking for his evening game. Dad tries to resist but George always wins, so 15 minutes later I find them both collapsed on the floor, out of breath after a rough game of tug and chase. George is now ‘sorted’ for the evening – he knows that’s all the action for the day – and settles down.
20.00 George goes to sleep and will not wake up until we decide to go to bed. The time we choose to end the day varies, but let’s say it’s 11 p.m.
23.00 George goes out for his last toilet call. Then he rushes in, checks out if there are any biscuits left in his bowl, has a drink of water and claims his sleeping place in our bed. Night-night, George, see you in the morning!
That’s pretty much what it’s like living with our whippet. Of course, there are changes to this routine when we go away or when we have visitors, but he always reverts back to this schedule when we’re back to normal. I wonder if all dogs are like this.
The questions I asked before remain: Are your dogs strong on routine? Do they like to do the same things every day? Do they give a certain structure to your day? Can your dogs tell the time?