Clyde, the Big Red Bundle of Contradictions, woke me up about 4:00 this morning, nudging my shoulder and licking my face. Seemed pretty agitated. I thought maybe he needed badly to go out, or that something was going on outside. (A neighbor's car had quietly caught fire in the early hours a year ago, and Clyde came and got me before anyone else in the area noticed it.) Nothing was going on, so I let him out for a few minutes but he just hung around near the door. I let him back in, but he still seemed agitated, actually more like excited, doing his happy dance. I went back to bed and he kept licking me, which is uncharacteristic of him at home. I eventually quieted him down and went back to sleep.
When I got up this morning, it struck me what had probably been going on. I have sleep apnea, and just forget to breathe during the night. I normally wear a Bipap respirator to counteract that. Last night I was up late reading, and for the first time in a long time forgot to put on the machine. I think Clyde noticed that I wasn't breathing and got agitated, tried to wake me up. That would explain his excitement when I did get up, and his anxiety when I went back to sleep. He's been especially affectionate today. Kind of nice to know your dog has your back. He's a keeper, for sure.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @5:14:57 AM
Make sure he gets an extra treat today. I love my dogs they are family and my best friend.
Monday, April 22, 2013 @8:44:11 PM
Dogs-- too bad their life spans are so short. We lost both of ours. My wife takes it so hard, we may never get another.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @8:23:20 AM
That's kinda like not eating because you'll just get hungry again. Life is constant change, and for me at least, the pleasure of having a good dog for 15 years or so is worth the pain when their time is over. What I wouldn't want to do is to be without one. They don't care what you look like, how rich or smart you are. They can be incredibly patient, but always "up" for whatever you want to do. They are an extra pair of eyes and ears, and a dog like Clyde is a certain deterrent to two-legged predators. When you live alone, the responsibility of caring for a dog is beneficial as well. Plus, there are SO MANY dogs languishing in shelters, and we can't save them all, but just giving one of them a home is a blessing. Just my opinion.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @9:22:12 PM
My dogs care. Good thing I'm good looking, rich, smart, brave, clean, reverent, etc. or they wouldn't have put up with me. Way to go, Clyde dog!!!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @8:57:54 AM
....and here my cats wake me up by biting my toes or getting up on the window ledge above my head and attacking the blinds......They're killing me, not saving me!!
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