I think this might be because I've taken a few trips away from them, and I've returned from each one, giving them the message that I can go away for a few days, and that I will return! They are achieving object permanence!! YAY!!! Major development here at Chéz Lynilu!!
This means they are becoming comfortable enough, have enough trust in me, that they can see me go and understand that I will be back. It may be a few minutes, several hours or even many days, but The Mama always comes back.
.... and we're not talking about the weather which is COLD. We're talking about ....
I can't tell you how good it feels that we have reached this milestone. Sammy is the most dramatic example, of course, beginning with the little dog that was so afraid of all humans that he literally pooped on the floor when one looked at him; becoming the little dog who wouldn't leave my side, but still didn't trust that he was safe, as he flinched if I moved too suddenly; and now, to the little guy who sits on the couch, watching me as I move around the house, often out of his sight, and just waits until I return. Sometimes he even goes back to his nap before I come back to the living room!
Lola is a bit behind the others. She's still very much a baby and hasn't been here as long as the others. She can watch me leave without a lot of difficulty, but she still needs to be next to me at rest. It took her a while to want to be there beside me, and I'm glad she finally did. I won't rush her away from wanting to be so close to me; it's part of the bonding and growth process. She will get there eventually. They have their individual quirks, but overall, all five are adjusting. Jazi is pretty independent, but when we go to bed, she needs to spend a few minutes on my lap before we sleep. Joey always wants to be on my right side on the couch; if someone beats him there, he sometimes adjusts, but that's his place. And on and on. But that's "normal," just as with us, quirks that make us who we are.
I love these guys. I'm glad they have reached the level of understanding that we will be together forever. They know ....
.... Life is Beautiful!!!