Chasing Roo & Changing Routine

Christy Nichols
7 min readMar 1, 2024

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Mornings used to be slower. In the days before Roo. Even with Tino’s daily 4 am meows for breakfast before sunrise, (food is already in her bowl, she wants fresh breakfast); when I later awoke to my morning, it would unfold slowly.

Roo has shaken out that easy-paced morning routine over the past seven months, replacing my morning journalling with morning walks or stick throws. My peaceful coffee on the porch has been replaced with coffee standing in the woods, waiting while she poops.

As I write, I look down at Roo, who is happily chewing some old toy she’s suddenly found renewed joy in. She lies across the top of my feet stretching out her long puppy body, rolling through her teeth the pink rubbery dog toy she’s rediscovered. Many of her other favorite toys are now half-buried amongst dead leaves decaying in a pile under my house.

Her new routine has been to create a little den for herself. The dark cool space underneath calls to her and she gleefully carries all her favorite things to bury below the floors for safekeeping. Including my shoes.And one time my wallet.And another time my birth certificate. All her favorite things.

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Christy Nichols

Educator, business owner, writer, do-gooder (mostly), trouble-maker (sometimes). Life Coach, Book Coach, Nicaragua Retreats hosted by www.venture-within.com