You are probably very familiar with the advice of not making a big thing out of coming or going so that your dog(s) don't mind if you leave and likely won't have any separation anxiety issues.
Well, I discovered quite quickly after adopting Trail that he is one of those exceptions to that rule. He needs to be snuggled and fussed over for a minute before being left alone (with the other dogs) in the house.
One day last week, in his excitement to get on the couch in the kitchen before I left, he spilled the big water dish. I quickly mopped it up, gave him a quick pat on the head and left.
I came home to a bit of a mess.
Trail chewed up a block of note paper and a pen.
Maybe he was trying to leave a note to say Sorry I spilled the water dish and almost made you late for work.
Oh well, no harm done and now I know what the leaving procedure must be, even if I am a minute or two late leaving.