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Can You Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

As I was going through my oodles of phone pictures, I was very surprised to see that over 80% of them were of my dogs…and some other dogs I encountered.  As I went through the photos, I noticed that more than half of them were of the dogs sleeping.

Stop right now and look at the pictures on your phone.  How many are of dogs?  How many pictures do you have of sleeping dogs?

It got me thinking back to all the people I’ve encountered over the years who are quick to pull out their phone and show me cute pictures of their dogs.   Sometimes I get the comment, “I guess I should have more pictures of my kids!”  Since I came to this realization about the amount of sleeping dog pictures, I started to pay attention to the pictures that people e-mail me or put up on Facebook.  A large percentages are of sleeping dogs.  Cuddled up next to a baby, in a cute dog bed, or just on the floor.  What is it about sleeping dogs that draw us in?

I think most people are attracted to sleeping babies and animals.  Maybe we are attracted because they depict peace and contentment.  Sleeping dogs portray a comfortable state that we are longing for.  When these pictures are viewed, it is not uncommon to hear “ahhh!” or `“Oh, how cute!”

I think we are also amused by the sleeping positions that we find dogs in.  They contort into all shapes; curl up into tiny balls that seem impossible for their size.  Some sleep on their backs with all fours sticking straight up, some with their heads hanging upside down, some love to burrow deep down under the covers while others pull the covers over themselves.   I even came across the cutest little disabled Doxi sleeping half in his bed with his back end stilled attached to his wheelchair!

Lots of people allow their dogs to sleep with them in bed.  Most professionals say it’s not a good idea because of the pack hierarchy.  It make sense and I can see why they advise against it.  I just can’t give up that cuddle time with 4 adorable warm bodies every night.  At night they are as quick to cuddle right up against me as they are during the day following me everywhere.

Can you let a sleeping dog lie?  I think not.  Throughout the day they follow me and if I’m still in one place for more than 3 minutes, they fall asleep on me or right up against my feet.  How many of you put off getting a drink or visiting the loo because you don’t want to disturb your sleeping beauties?  When I finally have to get up or move, I try to do it so quietly and carefully as not to disturb them.  It never works!  I tell them to stay but they don’t listen.  They dutifully get up and follow me everywhere.  It always makes me feel bad to disturb them.

I’m sure some of my sleep issues come from not wanting to change to a more comfortable position through the night because I know it will wake them.  This also used to happen when I had a cat who faithfully slept on top of the covers in the middle of my knees.  I did master the art of slightly lifting the covers with the pet while quickly shifting my legs underneath.

I’d love to hear your comments about your sleeping dogs!

How does your dog sleep?  Go through your phone and see how many pics are of dogs.  Post your favorite sleeping dog pics on our 4 The Dogs Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/4-The-Dogs/268357303233926

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