Opus and Tasha
Join Date: Feb 2008
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Thank you everyone for your input. We hope we can look forward to more responses.
Generally the responses so far are what I expected… from the dogs that spend the night in a crate to dogs that range all over the house, most commonly the dogs seem to stay in close proximity to the owners.
We also think temperature plays a role. When it is warm or hot the dogs may cuddle for a short while but then move to tile floors or another bed where the cushions are cool. In colder weather dogs cuddle and stay in one place. Another factor in our home is ear scratching … Natasha will hang around as long as the ear scratching continues. Ten minutes after it stops, she is gone .
There seems to a pattern in how the dogs choose their spots. Our two new dogs like many of the same places that our previous dog chose. In our house what seems to be important is ‘vantage point” and air circulation. We got down on the floor and explored those spaces and it is amazing how much air drafts through those particular places close to the floor and you can keep a watchful eye on both us and all possible exits to the front, the garage or the back yard. In bed, both Opus and Natasha liked a clean white towel on the bed. Put one down and they will immediately go to it and stay there.
With multiple dogs there is a hierarchy of who can take what spot… Our head dog has dibs on the head of the bed… but if she decides to leave the bed the younger dog will quickly assume the head position. When she comes back he moves over for her… which is sometimes more then he will do for us.
Noisy Toys at bedtime… well a few weeks ago I gave the dogs a new plush toy with a squeaker. About 15 minutes after lights out Natasha decided to let us know just how much she liked the new squeaky toy. Fortunately, after 10 minutes of squeaka-squeaka-squeak. squeak. squeak………squeaky-squeak… she had had enough fun and she settled down and went to sleep.
The bed position is another subject… Bob is a nose to nose sleeper…. at least that’s where we find him in the morning. Natasha prefers to sleep with the butt end presented toward Jeff’s face. In human terms not very appealing… but in the dog world a very friendly and affectionate gesture. “Here, you can sniff my butt.”
The dogs do seem to know when we are about to wake up. Many of you have stated that by morning the dogs are back in bed… either patiently watching and waiting for an eyelid to open or for a verbal signal that the day has begun such as ‘okay’, or as one member stated Tally bringing the dog dishes into the bed to let her owner know it is time for breakfast. Is it that they know we are about to wake up? Or is it that the wake us up by breathing in our ear, or cuddling closer in anticipation of a belly rub, or by bestowing dog kisses upon us starting with a gently touch of the tongue and ending up with an enthusiastic ear nibble?
Three dogs that really made me laugh. Moxie making her nightly rounds either she is just ‘sleeping around’ or she has assumed the role of ‘night watchdog, making certain everyone is accounted for and well taken care of. The image of Crocket standing over you with the “I’m ready to go to bed look.” is just too funny. And Loocie being moody when she is overtired just proves that dogs are people too.
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Bob and Natasha
'A Celebration of Opus' http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=35055 And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture. - Anonymous -
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