Let sleeping dogs lie

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Dogs, Family, Humor, Memories, Personal
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Watching a dog sleep is such a joy…and it can be hilarious!  This is fun you can have often, as dogs sleep a reasonable amount.  Just now, I broke into quiet laughter as Anabelle, curled in less than half of her bed, started twitching and then came the little yips.  Every time she breathed, out came subdued little barks.  More twitching.  Then an enormous sigh, followed by a series of loud exhales.  Finally, peaceful sleep once more.  Later, the snoring.


Our first foster dog, Janie, liked to curl up on the game chair which we, in a compromise (no dog on the furniture), ceded as “her” chair, once it was covered with a blanket.  It was just at the right level for her but even though she wasn’t big, she had to curl up tightly to fit.  One night, when she and I were home alone in the living room, me reading, her sleeping, her head started lolling farther and farther off the edge of the chair and then suddenly, she slid right onto the floor!  I almost fell out of my chair with laughter but it got even better.  She lay there for a moment, got up, looked around groggily, then got back into the chair and fell asleep again.  It was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen and I couldn’t wait to tell our younger daughter.  Fortunately, it happened once more, this time when we were both home.  We laughed until we cried.  Oh, for a video of that!!


Later, Anabelle sleeps facing me.  As I read, I catch a movement out of the corner of my eye but by the time I look, it’s stopped.  I watch silently.  A shoulder twitches, her feet take turns moving quickly.  As if she feels me watching, her eyes open slightly, then slowly close.  Her back and flank ripple, then her feet again.  Her nose sniffs dream smells.  I can only wonder what she sees and where she’s going in her dreams.


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