Sleep Shifters

Buzzy was glad to retire.  When we first adopted him, Bud worked nights.  I worked days.  The poor little guy had to help Bud sleep from mid-afternoon till I got in from work.  He’d get up then and help me till my bedtime when his second sleep shift started.  Fortunately, we had Sissy, another American Eskimo Dog to share the sleep load.  Sadly, when Sissy died, Buzzy had to do it all till we adopted Squeaky, a rag doll cat.  Squeaky was an expert sleeper, but  wouldn’t necessarily follow dog sleeping rules, or any rules, for that matter.

His willfulness eventually led to his demise.  Squeaky was exclusively an indoor cat.  Despite his neutering, from time to time his hormones acted up leading him to attempt escape.  One night he shot out the back door, never to be seen again.  I suspect he made the acquaintance of one of the coyotes we sometimes heard yipping.

Croc with baby

Poor Buzzy was on his own again till he retired a few years when we did.  Not too long ago, we adopted Croc, a Mastiff mix. We now have two dog beds on our bedroom floor.  Buzzy usually starts out in bed with us, then moves to his doggy bed.  Croc yearns to get in our bed, but can’t jump.  It is common for one or both of the boys to get hot during the night and move to the hardwood floor for a while.  We have to leave a night light on to avoid stepping on dogs when we get up at night.  A Mastiff takes up a lot of floor space, especially when he drags his baby and  pillow with him.  I forgot to mention Croc’s amazing ability to fart and snore, so it’s impossible to forget he’s around.

8 thoughts on “Sleep Shifters

  1. What would we do without our pets? My Puppy Cody is alone all day while we work, and I assume she sleeps whenever she’s not watching out the window for squirrels and bunnies. She lies down at night, usually on the couch, but I’ve noticed that every time I get up for the bathroom (which is more and more these days), her little eyes are wide open and watching. Most nights, she changes sleeping locations – sometimes staying on the couch, sometimes lying on the living room floor, and often lying outside my bedroom door. I used to let her in the bedroom, but she couldn’t get onto the bed and would spend way too much time trying to pull the covers off the bed onto the floor. Anyway, I suspect she’s got herding breed in her, which makes her want to keep track of her humans all night long, wherever they may be. Probably why she’s content to catch up on lost sleep during the day.

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    • I’ve always loved hearing about Cody. My babies migrate all night. Buzzy wants us together all the time. When one of us comes back in he has to locate the other and try to reunite the pack. He also keeps all his babies on the floor in Bud’s office when he’s not using the. I don’t think mine eat or drink much while I’m gone. Bowls are always nearly full when we get in. I guess they are waiting for us. They tank up immediately after going out. I know they’re thirsty.

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