I think senility is setting in. Last week I was at work as usual, and suddenly realized that I didn't remember bringing Sally inside before leaving home in the AM. We don't allow our dogs access to the yard unless we're home - coyotes, trespassers, etc. I really started to panic........thank goodness I was able to reach my Dad who ran over to check. Of course she was inside with Rocky and the kitties as usual. Checking where everybody is prior to leaving the house is as automatic to me as locking the doors, but I could not shake the idea that I had left her out. Am I losing my mind??
Thanks for the comments, everyone. The stress part is probably true, things have been crazy lately. As for the middle age, there are more symptoms surfacing. I was really tired and cleaning up from dinner - I discovered later that I had put the butter dish in the dishwasher and a dirty plate in the fridge. At least the dogs will never let us forget to feed them! I will be double checking to make sure Sally & Rocky are inside before I leave. Not much else matters as long as they're safe.