Though we live in southern California, the ground shaking and bumping here is something I have only felt twice in recent decades at home. The rattle this morning however, was not a small earthquake waking my wife and me. Dexter’s 6 AM hip-checking (thumping) the corner of the bed was his way of telling us it was time to get up. Since we were not up before dawn, he correctly assumed we were not going to work this morning. His needs – and those of his brother Comet, would allow no weak excuse such as sleeping in, to displace their normal routine. I have read that dogs have people as companions while cats have “staff”. I suspect our dogs have adopted successful behaviors learned from the cat.
I stumbled to the kitchen mindful of my bare feet as it is these sleepy times when I stub a toe. Snatching (!) the biscuit out of my hand, Comet was satisfied. Dexter, though, wanted head and neck scratches before he would accept his. Giving them a morning biscuits and breakfast are my wife’s regular routine. Is this their regular routine with her? Ten minutes later, Comet is at my elbow, or more correctly on my elbow. Time for me to get dressed for a walk.
Just let me finish this post.
If I give in this morning, maybe it will not be a bumpy day off.
Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?Jerry Seinfeld, comedian (via akc.org)