I started renting an office a few weeks ago for my day (paying) job. It's the first time in *cough* years that I've had an office outside my house to go to, which means that Mira, my dog, has always had a working-at-home mama.
Now, over the years, it has been suggested that Mira and I are possibly a little overly attached and this new office thing is a bit of a change for both of us. I wasn't sure how she'd do for hours alone and I kept have visions of her jumping wrong off the couch and breaking a leg or getting scared by a loud noise and shaking/panting all afternoon.
My neighbor (probably jokingly) said "You should get a webcam so you can check on her." I made it about five minutes before one was in my online shopping cart. Brilliant idea, I thought. I could check on her and make sure she was doing fine without me and in a few days, I'd probably feel secure enough leaving her to unplug the camera. Right?
Today, I get to the office, wait a while (3 minutes), and fire up the app on my camera to see what she's up to. Has she settled down since I left? Is she whining uncontrollably? Is she doing the sad, sad Basset howl as she wanders the house?
And, I see the couch, the living room floor, the steamer trunk she sits on to watch out the front window, the guest bed, the nice foam dog bed that I bought her that she refuses to touch, and her bedroom floor. No Mira. Not even a tip of the tail. I had positioned the camera to catch all of her usual napping spots so I'm mildly confused. This continues all afternoon. Not a whiff or a whisker of Mira. I even turned the sound on to make sure she wasn't crying somewhere in the dark. Nothing.
Now I'm left with a whole new set of questions: Does she have a secret invisibility cloak? Did aliens abduct her? Did she have an accident with the shrink ray gun and now she's the size of an ant? Is she laying in my bed with her butt on my pillow?
Finally, after about four hours (and 3000 checks with the app), I find she has reappeared and is laying in her favorite window seat, watching out the window. What she was up to, I may never know (until I buy more webcams), but I'm still washing my pillow tonight.