Can You Keep THE Secret From Your Pet?

Oh boy.  Today I had to keep THE secret from Eko.  The secret everyone dreads their pet finding out.

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I did my best to prevent Eko from learning THE secret.  First I distracted him with some food

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While Eko ate, I snuck upstairs 

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However, Eko is quite the eater, so he caught me going up to my room


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Luckily I prepared for this contingency and left a box halfway up the stairs to distract Eko

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The plan worked like a charm!  Eko brought the box downstairs and happily shredded it.  However, after a while Eko again trotted upstairs to investigateRhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure, petcentric, marking our territory, dog blog But again I was prepared – at the top of the steps was a squeak toy

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure, petcentric, marking our territory, dog blog Eko couldn’t resist, he gleefully grabbed the toy and bounded back downstairs

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Unfortunately, the lion  was not as durable as I thought and Eko quickly tore it apart. Despite the above photo, it turned out that Eko would be the one with a broken heart.  Before I could get to the door Eko trotted in my room and discovered the horrible truth

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure, petcentric, marking our territory, dog blogI was caught packing for a trip without Eko!  He couldn’t even look at me
Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure, petcentric, marking our territory, dog blog“Oh the dogmanity! Will, how could you do this!?”

I leave for my college reunion today and unfortunately it is not a pet-friendly event. I won’t be gone long and Eko will be in great hands the next couple days, but that certainly hasn’t stopped him from laying down next to my bag and moping.

Do you have to keep THE secret – that you are leaving – from your pet to prevent them from moping?  If so, do you have any tricks or workarounds – I’m up for suggestions!

48 thoughts on “Can You Keep THE Secret From Your Pet?”

  1. aaww bless Eko’s heart. Mom usually tells me to warn me WAY before the event. I kind of know because since you can ‘board’ me at the kennels it does take some arranging to do for a pig sitter. And trust me, they are FEW and far between. So I do know ahead of time and it doesn’t happen often but yeah I do kind of give her the silent treatment afterwards for a while. XOXO – Bacon

  2. Oh wow, yes, we have the same problem! Every time they see a suitcase one of ours sits there whining, and the other runs from room to room wagging his tail and wiggling. *sigh* Always tough to leave them behind!

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