As much as we love to have family come to visit us for the holidays, it can be stressful for everyone.
I am sure it takes a toll on my elderly in-laws to make the trek from Indiana to Virginia each year, and it certainly keeps my husband and I on our toes to keep maintain the peace between the two-legged visitors and the four-legged residents.
But the grand-dogs seemed to do OK with their grand-pet-parents. Our greyhounds Coral and Melissa, even snuggled with my mother-in-law on the couch a couple of times.
Yet both of my in-laws remain wary of Stormy, our pit bull mutt, despite his friendly, well-mannered behavior every time they have ever visited us.
Even among family, stereotypes are hard to overcome.
The critter that seems most out of sorts about the whole visit is Thai, who has not been eating well and has been extra needy of my attention while our house was full of holiday dysfunction yuletide bliss.
For us, the holidays are really over now. We are not New Year’s party-goers. Our goal is to have a quiet weekend at home with our pets. No big dinners, no guests, just a blissful state of normal.
How do your pets react to the chaos of the holiday season?