Oh boy, am I feeling anxious and guilty but shh, not a word to Chagall! I'm going back to work (part-time to start) after being a stay-at-home poodle mom all Chagall's young life (he's 10 mos.). I am starting to leave the house for 5 hours a few days a week now to get him used to what's coming. He is used to having me home and getting exercise and attention throughout the day. Now he'll need to be a good boy in his crate (which he is) and wait until I return for the fun to begin. Right before I leave he dashes happily into his crate (because there's a Kong stuffed with peanut butter awaiting him) and settles down to snack and listen to talk radio (he likes to stay informed). But oh how I will miss having my shadow nearby! Of course mostly I'm concerned with how he'll adjust. When I'm gone he does stay clean and calm in his crate, but he sure is the "energizer bunny" when I return! I love his personality and disposition and playfulness and how easy he is to live with, I sure hope my being gone more than usual doesn't change all those good things! I'm real glad to be employed again, too bad I can't bring him to work with me. Hmm, maybe in my next job I'll be able to....