My wife left me — again — and this time she took our daughter with her.

I have been dumped for warmer weather.

They are spending the week in Arizona, where temperatures are in the 80s.

My wife promises she’ll be back.

Why? I would leave me for warmer weather.

They are visiting my wife’s folks, who are spending the winter there.

While they are enjoying Arizona and all that comes with warm weather, I’m back here in Nebraska “enjoying” all that comes with cold weather.

This is one of the few vacations where they are enjoying doing little or nothing and just relaxing. No work, no worries, no snow.

The last time my wife left me at home while she took a business trip, I thought I’d settle back into my bachelor days.

I have no such expectations this time.

Not only that, I am home with our two dogs and cat and my daughter and son-in-law’s dog.

Work is a welcome relief from the makeshift animal shelter I’m running.

Our dogs are used to entertaining themselves, which is basically just eating, pooping and sleeping.

The cat, well she’s a cat, and does as she pleases when she pleases.

It is Walter, my daughter and son-in-law’s dog, that is the handful.

He is a basset hound puppy and keeps everyone on their toes.

Our dogs love to play up to a certain point, and then it is time to sleep.

Walter is like a toddler who runs around in circles for hours until he plops over and sleeps. He also forgets he should only empty his bladder when he is outside.

I know it all sounds pretty glamorous, but somehow I doubt the Arizona travelers are jealous, or even missing me.

In fact, before she left my wife told the dogs she was going to miss them, and then threw me in as an afterthought.

That was before she left. I can’t imagine what my greeting will be like when she gets back to cold Nebraska.

The dogs miss their better halves. I do what I can, and it is great to be greeted at the door every time I walk in the house, but the dogs are confused, especially Walter, who whines a lot.

Although I would have liked to have been able to get away and enjoy some warmth, I’m glad my wife and daughter got some time off to enjoy a short vacation.

As long as they come back, I’m OK.


Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.