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I'm a teacher and next week is my first official week back to work. I haven't been able to work in my room all summer due to another job (usually I work in it here and there so that the beginning of the school year isn't so demanding) which means LONG hours next week. I suspect I could be gone from the house possibly 12 hours with work to bring home (I'm crazy at the beginning of the year like that) which means the dogs would be locked in the kitchen and then when I get home they wouldn't really have my attention. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but my husband will be out of town next week also. I called my mother and she said I could bring the dogs over there for the week (they've stayed for a week at a time before - and my parent's work schedules are much less demanding - the dogs get very spoiled over there). My boy Gibbs has MAJOR seperation anxiety (shakes to the point I can hear his teeth chattering, and I can hear his cries inside my car in the driveway). Even when I get the mail without him he's upset. I want to do what's best for them and that would cause the least amount of upset. Any suggestions?

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~Heather
 

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Hello from one teacher to another! My first day back was today! I am also crazy busy with school in the beginning & on top of all the teacher work, I am working on my Master's degree, so I go from tons of free time (I don't work in the summer) to pretty much none at all! I am lucky to have my retired Mom living next door. Spencer spends every day with her. It was pretty sad driving by this morning, seeing his sad face looking out the door - I think he knew what has begun. But, I am happy he is not alone. I vote for sending the dogs to Grandma's. For me, evenings are not so bad. I do make time for a walk every night - I think it is a good mental break for me as much as it is exercise for Spencer. After his walk, he is pretty tired out (he's 11 yrs old) & is then normally content to just lay near me while I do all my work.

Enjoy your last week off & good luck in the new school year!
Amy
 
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