Our primary dog is eleven years old and is getting arthritic, so we now have have a set of hide-away steps he uses to get up on he bed. The backup dog is just a puppy and can’t jump high enough yet, so he uses the steps, too.
Always nice to see a dog who’s very clear on who’s master. As I have a three-pound dog, in my bed, I have a “No dogs on the head” policy, which she roundly ignores as well. I’ll be awakened at 3am by a little snout on my neck, snoring like a rheumatic old man. It’s so cute, all I can do is laugh.
My 10-11 year old wheaten (was a stray therefore can’t really be certain of age) won’t jump on a bed, but will jump on couches and chairs until I go until the room and he then jumps off and under them.
He has three different dog beds – upstairs, office and basement.
He wakes me every day at 5:30am by pushing his snout into my face and sniffing loudly.
He has learned not to sleep at the side of my bed because if I get up in the middle of the night, I might step on him.
We’re currently fostering a Great Pyrenees puppy that was found wandering lost (about 9 months and 80 pounds). It took her almost a week to figure out why the rest of the pack (five of them) were on the furniture. Today she ventured onto the sofa, promptly said “Hey! Nice!”, and made herself at home.
Radley, you’re right on your Daisy dog. Definitely no Australian Shepherd there, but she has the head/facial features of an Australian Cattle Dog (what are commonly called Heelers when they’re actual working dogs).
That poor dog hasn’t a spec of dirt on him. He must be terribly unhappy.
Independent George |
May 17th, 2010 at 11:27 am
Plagiarized from an internet forum I frequent:
The Dog Rules
1. Dogs are never permitted in the house. The dog stays outside in a specially built wooden compartment named, for very good reason, the dog house.
2. Okay, the dog can enter the house, but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation.
3. Okay, the dog can stay in the house on a permanent basis, provided his dog house can be sold in a yard sale to a rookie dog owner.
4. Okay, the dog stays inside, but is not allowed to run free and is confined to a comfortable but secure metal cage.
5. Okay, the cage becomes part of a two-for-one deal along with the dog house in the yard sale, and the dog can go wherever he pleases, but is never allowed on the furniture.
6. Okay, the dog can get on the old furniture but not the new furniture.
7. Okay, the dog can get up on the new furniture until it looks like the old furniture and then we’ll sell the whole darn works and buy new
furniture…upon which the dog will most definitely not be allowed.
9. Okay, the dog is allowed on the furniture, but is definitely not allowed on the bed. Period.
10. Okay, the dog can sleep at the foot of the bed.
11. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you, but he’s not allowed under the covers.
12. Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers but not with his head on the pillow.
13. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you under the covers with his head on the pillow, but if he snores he’s got to leave the room.
14. Okay, the dog can sleep and snore and have nightmares in bed, but he’s not to come in and sleep on the couch in the TV room, where I’m now sleeping. That’s just not fair.
15. The dog never gets listed on the census questionnaire as “primary resident,” even if it’s true.
IG, love the dog rules! I think I’m somewhere in the 7/8 range with my dog, Choppy. Still holding firm on the bed situation, though for how long, who knows. I mean, the dog has two blogs and a Facebook fan page (with 900 fans). It really is only a matter of time before I’m sleeping on the couch.
DNA testing can now be done on dogs to find out how many breeds are in there. My niece had hers done on a rescue/service dog. It was interesting to find out how many breeds and the dominant ones in her make up. No one was even close in guessing — including the vet!
Love those dog rules too! They break into your heart with one stealthy step at a time until you forget that they’re dogs and before you know it you are convinced that hey, dogs are people too! At least you wish that dogs were people or people were more like dogs.
Very, very little Australian in that dog, if any. There’s something Kelpie/Healer like in the face and body lin, but the markings & colour are all wrong for a cattle dog or kelpie. She’s a heinz mix that has come out very, very nicely. Train her well please!
Independent George: My goodness that’s accurate. Every night I have a snoring pug sleeping on my left shoulder, and a 90-lb. chocolate lab stretched along my right side. But, strange as it may seem, I don’t think I could sleep any other way now.