I am a Mom first, and a piano teacher second. I have been teaching Piano Lessons on Mondays for the last six years. I teach Home School students during the day, and public/private school students during the evenings. I have twelve students that rotate through my living room on Mondays. And then my work week is through. I love it.
Today was the first Piano Monday of the school year. And, it was the first time having Haddie by my side. I wasn't real sure how it was going to go. I have a goal to eventually have Haddie on a tie-down in her comfy bed by the piano while I teach. But since she is just learning how to keep her large paws in the bed, and not drape them over and out of the bed, I decided that her kennel was the sure bet that all would be calm during lessons.
I practiced yesterday - a dry run. In the beginning, she was not hip on the sound of the piano. I didn't think my playing was that bad (Ha!). It took some time before she settled into a sleep and all was fine. I debated back and worth with myself on whether to chicken-out and kennel her in a different room, or to just go-for-it and let her settle in during lessons.
At the last minute today I made my choice. Puppy Raising is the volunteer gig I signed up for - the good, the bad, the uncertain. I was not going to default to easy, as I knew that would be cheating Team Haddie. So, Haddie kenneled up right next to the piano for the day.