As some of you had guessed, I got a job!!! It's a great opportunity with a growing company and even came with a 10% raise from my previous position. I start on Monday. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's in the far suburbs (in Schaumburg for you Chicagoans) and will be over an hour commute each way. And of course, it means I'll no longer just head downstairs to chill on the couch with my best girl.
No more afternoon scritchin' sessions in my pajamas.
Or having Maisie rest peacefully nearby while I eat lunch (still working security with one eye though).
Because of her separation anxiety, I never leave Maisie home alone in the crate for an entire workday. I found a dog daycare about ten minutes away from the new office and assuming all goes well on Monday, I am planning to take her along with me on the drive Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and drop her off at daycare on my way. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will bring Maisie to my dog walker Paul's house (about 20 minutes in the opposite direction) early in the morning then pick her up after work, so she'll spend those days hanging out and playing with his three dogs. I'm definitely gonna be putting a lot more miles on my car!
I know Maisie is going to freak out about the new daycare, especially since we've both become so used to being together nearly all the time. And I feel super guilty because I don't have time to actually check out the facility in person before bringing her there for the first time (although I have had two lengthy phone calls with the manager, during which we discussed Maisie's issues and how they will address them). I'm sure she will be fine, but I can't help but worry. I will already be nervous about my first day of work on Monday, and Maisie will surely pick up on those nerves and be even more scared about being left at a strange place.
But ultimately, I need to do what I have to do and getting this job is a HUGE relief...I am so happy to have it and I'm really excited to get started. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement! :)
p.s. L'shanah tovah to my fellow Jewish peeps...I wish everyone a fantastic 5772!
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