Dogs are such wonderful creatures. In many ways they are so connected to us and in the best ways - so much their own individual souls. If not painfully convinced to be otherwise, they are typically content to be where they are. My mutt paw friends are most fortunate. They have lots of people who love them and two places they claim as home. The past few days they have had opportunity to re-claim their "summer house" with a 4 times bigger yard and a couch that's old and they know they can pretend to own.
Fearing their wails when they may miss me, I leave them music as hopeful comfort. Often I enter the driveway to anxious barking and hope it is only because they heard me near. Today - there was no barking as I entered - music - but no wild greetings. I entered - no greetings. I stood for what seemed to be long moments staring at the two sleeping soundly on the couch. Tobey - the timid and wild child, was laying on his back with paws sprawled - the last to realize I was there. I guess the music worked. They were quite content and relaxed. I was actually a bit worried when they didn't greet me with great enthusiasm but that quickly came about.
We can learn a lot from them. Their expectations are low and consistent. They forgive quickly and easily - and music really does sooth their spirits.