Ah, City Life…
Life in New York City is incredibly unpredictable. From skyrocketing rents, to fun flash mobs, to throngs of non-English speaking tourists, to…sudden arrivals to constructions sites immediately outside your front door!
In the past four days, my street has quickly become a bustling construction site, complete with Caterpillar machines, bulldozers, tons of lumber, and chain link fences. This is a full-on “Hard Hat Area,” folks. And it’s literally right outside my front door:
My apartment is on the ground floor of my building, and on the street side – so every weekday at 7am, the noise begins and lasts throughout the day. Thankfully, it’s not too bad…yet. Soon, the blasting will begin. The water mains, sewers and underground electrical wires will be updated, repaired and replaced, which means they will have to dig up the entire street. It’s going to be so much fun an absolute disaster!
But there is a silver lining to this whole debacle: I will be bringing Lucy to work with me everyday for almost two months! Lucy is so calm and collected with loud noises and the like, so this really isn’t necessary. But it does serve as a good excuse – I wouldn’t want to make Lucy endure the mayhem if she really doesn’t have to, and she doesn’t! I have a very dog friendly office and work only four blocks from my home, so the universe is simply telling me that August and September are “Bring your dog to work months.”
Not only will this make me immensely happy, but it will give me lots of opportunities to work on specific training with Lucy that I have been meaning to work on for a very long time. I can finally focus on teaching her how to more appropriately greet people when they come to say, “Hi,” and work on settling in more exciting situations. There will be jars of dog treats at the doorway, for sure!
But there is another downside: I wont be able to foster dogs for a little while. You see, I share my area of my office with 4-5 other people depending on the day of the week. As much as they love dogs, I don’t feel it would be neighborly to impose two medium to large sized dogs on them. At the same time, it wouldn’t be fair to impose a new dog, with unknown issues and comfort levels, to the thunderous noises that may upset them. So, the Blye household is taking a self-imposed fostering break.
And I’m sure there will be more in our future. There are still lots of stories to tell, so stay tuned!