I scared Rocket big time right before I left the house this morning
and I haven't been able to get him off my mind all morning.
Every morning, as we're getting ready to leave, I let Rocket out front for a whole one minute just to run from tree to tree and make sure the house is protected from squirrels, birds and other critters. Then he runs inside and I give him a large milk bone treat and say good-bye. Same song every morning, and he loves it.
This morning Rocket had just run back in and was sitting, waiting for his treat when I was focusing on Aaron and had reached the point just past tolerance with him. I raised my voice at Aaron - LOUD! We were all three (and the cat) in my small laundry room, so my loud voice rang out. Immediately after yelling at my kid I turned to hand Rocket his treat, only this time he didn't take the treat at all. He put his head down with his ears back. When I tried to encourage him to take the treat, he laid down on his pallet that was right there. I sent Aaron out the door into the garage to get into the car so I could focus on Rocket. Rocket wouldn't pick up his treat at all, and wouldn't even give me eye to eye contact. I felt so bad. I petted him, spoke to him, etc. and after a few moments, got up and opened the door to the garage. I turned and told him and Sam (cat) my routine good-bye, and left.
I don't work close to home so I can't go by at lunch to check on him - which I so wish I could do.
And I don't have a home phone, so I can't call home and talk to him via the answering machine - which I wish I could do.
I feel like a real shit. And because I have classes tonight, it will be 10pm before I get home and see him again. So I get to feel like a real shit aaaalllll day long.
Re: I scared Rocket big time right before I left the house this morning
Aaawww, they have a knack of making us feel bad, with their hound dog eyes and pinned back ears.
I take Jed into work with me 1 day a week, i teach 5-6 year olds and my boss kindly allows Jed in to socialise with the kids once a week.
For the most part of the day though he is in the back of our landrover which is ample space, i usually put the 42' crate in for him, but last week in a rush as usual, i just threw his bed in the back,
When i went to get him out for a potty break, he had started to nibble at the carpet a little so i firmly told him no whilst showing him the carpet, well you would have thought i'd bull whipped him, he gave me the same look Rocket gave you and began to shake!!
I had to spend 15 mins hugging and reasuring him then went into the teachers lounge and burst out crying!!
People must of thought i was mad but the thought of me upsetting him so much made me feel awful!
Hugs to Rocket, i'm sure he'll of forgiven you by tonight ~