Thursday, April 17, 2014

Home Alone

BJ has always been fine when he is left alone.  When I first got him, he slept in his crate and stayed the crate while I went to work  I came home during lunch to walk him and then put him back in his crate.  He never barked or whined.   

When he was housebroken and I felt he wasn't going to destroy things, I let him roam in the bedroom and bought a baby gate to keep him out of the rest of the place.  It was fine for two or three days and then one day I opened the front door, and who was right there to greet me - yes Houdini better known as BJ.  He climbed over the gate.  He was only about 8 months old so I didn't expect it.  I put him back in the bedroom and then watched him climb out.  A determined little terrier.

One of his sleeping beds
From then on he had the run of the apartment.  It's an NYC apartment so we're dealing with about 800 sq. ft.  He's now over 14 and all has been well.  He was used to being alone all day with  walk at around 1 or 2.

Now that I'm retired I'm home a lot and he has gotten very used to having me around.  He is still good about not barking or whining.

Somehow he knows when I'm getting dressed to go out without him.  Last night I was getting dressed to go to a seder and he was not pleased.  In no uncertain terms he told me exactly what he thought.


He got his point across.  I wish I could get him certified as a service dog.


  1. Hehe.

    When my Earl is home alone I set up a video camera sometimes out of curiosity of what he gets up to. Snoozing and peeking out the window, not much!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl an I at Earl's World!

    1. I suspect snoozing is what BJ does too. BJ won't even eat if there is food in his bowl. As soon as I come home, he says hello and then goes and eats his food.

      My windows are too high for him and at 14 he doesn't use the perch I bought him.

  2. There is no mistaking the message he is sending. And your logic falls on deaf ears.

    1. You're right. People may say that dogs can't talk. BJ is definitely talking to me. His voice changes and his the sounds he makes are different. BJ has selective hearing. When I say something that he doesn't want to hear he pays no attention. When i whicsper "cookie", he comes running.

  3. I'm SO in love with BJ..... what a charismatic personality. Give him a big hug for me, OK?

    1. I will certainly hug him for you and even give him a cookie.