Change and dealing with it
Both girls lay sleeping; every once in a while when I would make an exceptionally loud noise they would raise their head for a moment and then go back to sleep. Luke on the other hand was pacing, he couldn't relax and when I would grunt and groan trying to get the dried old wood off he would run to me panting and wagging. He is the nervous type; and he worries about everything. Mostly he was worrying about me and all the commotion together. He was not afraid of any of it but obviously did not like that I was in the middle of the mess. I asked him to take a seat, to sit and get comfy in one of the leather chairs. He did so until I grunted or shouted at the stupid wood that was not coming off. Up he got and over he came to make sure that all was fine.
At this point Jessie can only hear the very loud noises or feel their vibrations so the construction does not bother her. What will bother her is the change, it is very difficult for dogs with little or no sight to deal with change. Jessie is also dealing with dementia so for several weeks we will be watching her like a hawk. Just last night we sat in the living room watching tv. We've never done this before because the tv is in the family room. But because of the mess it is moved to the living room until we finish. Tilley and Luke were fine with it, they lay on the couch and watched a movie with us. But Jessie sat looking at the tv, obviously confused. She sat for quite a while just staring at it, you could see that she was extremely baffled. She then got up and went upstairs to one of the dog beds in our room. No doubt she felt a sense of normalcy there.
Change is good, I think it's good for dogs and humans. Without change we and they can get too set in doing and dealing with one way of life. Inevitably change comes, in some form or shape and if you have never dealt with any sort of change before it can be life altering. This is why it is so very important to change things around, not hugely but enough to be noted as a change. Dogs who have never had to deal with it have a very hard time doing so.
Once our demolition got truly underway the dogs were removed from the area. This in itself gave Luke something to worry about, he could no longer watch over me. But for their own safety they were put in our room with all the blankets, toys, water etc. And after an hour or so I joined them, having enough of demolition for one day.