I have spoken about this several times and it’s only gets worse. This Saturday morning, I was awaken at just a little after 5 am. I don’t know how/why it happens but it does and when it does to you, it a surprise at first but par for the course thereafter. My life use to be simple with nothing to do but decide what we wanted to watch on TV and what kind of snack you get before bedtime and now even this has changed.
If you’re a Border Collie owner, you know exactly what I mean. This Saturday morning right after 5 am, Dutchess moved even closer (on top) of me in the bed because she was cold, and when she moved, Abby decided it was face washing time and even Annie got into the picture by getting on the other side of Dutchess and laying on my hand. So here I was Dutchess laying against my back, Abby licking my face and Annie laying on my hand, I was trapped.
|Abby waiting to wash...|
I was so tired and just wanted to sleep and desperately tried, but to no avail. Things really went downhill when Abby licked me so much, not only was my face wet, I had to turn the pillow over to get a dry spot and it was still 5:10 am. Enough is enough…I got up and moved to the recliner where I could lean back and get a little cat nap before time to get up. After stretching out and closing my eyes, Molly sitting next to me decided she wanted to paw my arm for attention, which she did about every 10 minutes or when I would drift off and my hand fell off her head. Funny how things change when you get a dog…
One thing that is so funny is when Dutchess is fast asleep and you need to move her around the bed so you can at least have part of the bed, she will “talk” to you in dog “talk” telling you how upset she is. There is no doubt that she is not pleased with the move but needs her beauty sleep but at times I wondered if it was worth it. I guess the fact is, it’s worth it to them if I got up and moved yesterday morning.
When we do settle down for TV time at night, after an hour or two, I usually get a hankering for a small snack. I will go to the snack cabinet and pick something out not only for me, but also something that the dogs will like because every time I sit with a snack, I get one bite, then Dutchess, then Abby, then Clancy and so on. After nine snacks have been handed out, I finally get one again. I just hope they don’t figure out that I break theirs in half. Dutchess will give me the evil eye if I go out of order and I usually find myself at the grocery store asking “will the dogs like this”, and usually the answer is yes but peanuts are not one of Abby’s favorites and I’m waiting for a snack list from them. If it’s a little past our snack time, Dutchess will get up…look at me…bark…walk to the snack cabinet…bark and you know it’s time for a snack, so don’t run out, they’ll be sure to let you know…
Mine sure have some idiosyncrasies and I always find myself thinking “what would the dogs want” I’m just glad they can’t drive…but do they want to? I’ve always wondered what some other BC’s parents do and if I’m the crazy one… Ken
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