This weekend is opening day pheasant season, so husband and the labs will be gone for the entire weekend, which means Heidi and I have the weekend to ourselves! I love spending time alone with Heidi and I am wondering how many other GSD owners feel the same. She and I talk together all the time, well, I talk, but she looks deep into my eyes and listens to me attentively. Sometimes she even flicks her ear or nods in response. On the other hand, I once tried to have a heart-to-heart with Loki, chocolate lab; he was in the back seat and made a sound, which I thought was a response to something I'd said, so I looked back and it was a snore! He was fast asleep. The labs think if I'm not throwing something or feeding them that I'm the most boring human in the world. But Heidi hangs on my every word (which is probably the source of some of the problems we've had, but that's another story). The only fly in the ointment is that trick-or-treat is Saturday night. Normally, we put Heidi in the bedroom because it distresses her and she barks and tries to drive the trick-or-treaters away. However, although I wouldn't dream or disappointing the kids by skipping it, I am a little unnerved to be in the house alone, opening the door to anyone who knocks (even if they are wearing a hockey mask) and having my first line of defense locked in the bedroom. I think I will keep her loose and if she drives people away, so be it.