Blogland has been quiet lately. I think many of you are taking breaks. I think many others of you have to be bored with what I prattle on about, but it's so nice to chat with you via comments. I know Kim, Sluggy, and Anne are out having joys and making memories with Kim's Sissy. Enjoy ladies and please share your exploits. What's going on in my head since I and a few others are still here, typing away most every day?
Things went well for the most part this week. He's very food motivated, and pup seems to just ignore him when he eats or gets treats. The opposite is not true, so I make sure my pup gets fed or treated in complete solitude. I'm also finding we need to take his tired cues. The crate is not a punishment, but provides a safe and cozy space when he's just so tired and over stimulated. By Wednesday, he was telling us when it was time for quiet. Never underestimate a good supply and variety of playthings. Mismatched colorful socks was better than any $10 toy from Chewy. He also settles in to cozy worn old tshirts.
You'd think we never had a dog before, or one from puppyhood, but I keep learning more and more things to help us out as we help our daughter balance her schedule. Did you know the slow meandering, sniffing walks are really very mentally and physically tiring for dogs? Here I always thought that it had to be a vigorous walk to do real good. Reasons Why You Should Let Your Dog Sniff On Walks.I'm incorporating both. Pup is a sniffer. When I walk both together, they both are. I give grandpup a faster paced, stretch his legs and get energy out kind of walk alone. The mix seems to be working to meet my and their needs.
I also have learned our situation is not that unique. Dogs come into people's lives at inopportune times a lot. Things change in life very quickly, some for good, some for sad, and sometimes a plan just might not have been fully baked. Sometimes a team approach to get through puppy stage (or kitty) and settled into adulthood is needed. There's so many pets in shelters that just need love and care. As a trio, daughter, DH, and I, we got this.
Frustrations with HR
No offense to any of you in HR but I'm locked in a battle of wills. I lost a good team member last spring because she felt her position was under classified for the work. I agreed. My director agreed. Our executive sponsor agreed. Our HR consultant did not. We've since rewritten, revamped, found market comparisons, and she still low balled it to the same exact classification! I won't be able to attract the caliber of applicants the position needs. Myself and another have been doing the bare minimum to keep work afloat in that area, but the list of untouched work is growing. I'm in HR hell and do not understand why this consultant just does not understand the position needs. Picture me with smoke coming out my ear when the audit came back. And can I add, it's been 10 weeks since we requested to post the submitted position. To fight this might be another 10. What stage of your career were you in when you learned that Human Resources is not there to support the employees?
Fall Colors and Morning Sunrise
I don't have to repeat that colors are getting gorgeous out. We definitely need to get out of the house/ yard/ park this weekend and see different hues. My daughter drove fine with her dog. She has to work Saturday so I'll have him. As pup can't really take long walks, I might test out the young guy on the river walk, downtown, maybe grab a seltzer and see if he is good hanging out at the brewery. If he is, he might come along for trivia one of these Wednesdays. It should be gorgeous, even if chilly. I miss our beautiful red maple from the front yard. I did get to see the sun come up yesterday. I'll settle for that.
What's on your mind today? Are you feeling glad it's the weekend?