My sleep-deprived evening...
July 22, 2008 12:21pm CST
I don’t know what it was about last night, but it’s like the harder I tried to get to bed and go to sleep the more reasons there were not to do so! I didn’t get home until 10:30 p.m. last night as it was because I was at a baby shower for my fiancé’s sister. The shower was an hour away, so I drove two hours for an hour-long event. Kind of weird, but it was fun. When I got back, I immediately let the dog out for what I thought would be the last time that night. I called my fiancé, which is normal routine when I get back from a long day. The call only lasted for a half hour or so, and then I went to take my evening shower. When I was finished it was almost midnight. I decided to get a protein shake and watch a little TV. That took only fifteen minute or so. I got on the computer quickly to check my email and myLot. As soon as I sat down, my dog start whimpering. He’s not very vocal usually, so I knew exactly what it meant. Ugh! Sometimes I wish they could just hold it. (LOL) I took him out so he could do his business before we both went to bed for the night. He wouldn’t go. Of course not. I didn’t feel like being outside forever in the drizzling rain, so I kind of hurried him along. He should’ve had plenty of time, though. We got back inside, and he wasn’t satisfied. He wouldn’t let me finish my computer things without continuing to whimper. Out of the kindness of my heart, frustrated as I was, I let him out once more. Finally he got the picture! When we got back inside, it was a quarter to one in the morning. I got off the computer and decided to turn in for the night. My dog usually sleeps right in front of the door coming into my apartment, which doesn’t really bother me since I don’t let him sleep on my bed. However, lately I’ve been trying to get him to sleep next to my bed so I won’t have to worry about what he’s doing when he wakes up in the morning. It took me a few minutes of convincing, but he still wouldn’t sleep in my bedroom. I gave up and let the issue go. I left my bedroom door open a crack so he could still come in if he needed to and also so I could still hear him. It was closer to two in the morning when I heard some noises coming from the kitchen. At first, I thought the silly dog was pushing his food dish around the kitchen floor while he ate out of it, but it didn’t quite sound right. As soon as I realized what had happened, I shot up in my bed and yelled, “NOOOOO!” I heard it get quiet immediately. When I got into the living room, he was laying on the floor trying to look innocent. I knew he’d stopped as soon as he heard me yell, but he was still the guilty culprit. I’d brought home a box of two chocolate and three confetti flavored cupcakes from the baby shower. I’d laid the box on the kitchen counter and hadn’t had another thought about it. I wasn’t worried about my dog getting into it because he’s very well behaved. I looked inside the box. Not only was there a cupcake missing, but there was a chocolate cupcake missing! I saw the evidence on the carpet. Luckily he hadn’t gotten to the majority of the frosting, which was loaded with sugar and probably horrible for him. I was very upset and don’t think that dog will ever pull a stunt like that again because I showed him who’s boss in my house! I was shocked because he’s usually very well behaved and doesn’t get into things. I then became very worried because chocolate is like a poison to dogs if they get enough of it in their system. Fortunately, with a chocolate cupcake most of it is baking soda. Since he’s a pretty big (and full-grown) dog, he didn’t have enough to make him sick. I was still worried, though. After all of the events of the evening, my dog finally slept in my bedroom beside my bed for the first time. Personally, I think he was trying to make it up to me; however, I’m convinced he’ll sleep there every night from now on. I finally got to sleep at a little after two in the morning. What a night!
2 people like this
• United States
22 Jul 08
Hi JJ, wow! been busy all day and all night..LOL! He is smart maybe he was planning already about it and refuse to sleep with you at first..LOL! At least he is safe now and you got few hours sleeping before another hectic day!
• United States
22 Jul 08
LOL – yeah, I think you’re right about that. I figured out (later) why he absolutely wouldn’t come sleep next to my bed even after I went out a second time to take him to the bathroom. He was up to something. I should’ve at least seen the mischeviousness in his eyes! Oh well. We both know better for next time and are both better prepared. Silly dog. You have to wonder sometimes what goes through their little heads! Thanks for commenting, my friend.
22 Jul 08
Having a dog is just like having children, you never know when you are going to get a good nights sleep and they are always up to something and then when you do evetually get to bed you lay awake worrying over them. What a night you had eh! Oh well think of all those calories he saved you by eating the chocolate cupcakes for you! Hope you have a better nights sleep tonight. Ellie :D
• United States
22 Jul 08
Thanks for the encouragement, Ellie. I'm sure I'll have plenty of practice being up in the middle of the night by the time I have kids of my own. The only difference they say is that dogs actually listen better than kids! (LOL) My little guy has done fine before last night for the most part. He's four years old, so he's obviously house broken and doesn't get into things. He doesn't bark or chew on anything. I can leave him alone at my apartment during the day while I work and not have to worry about him making a mess. Of course, it's exactly like you said. When I'm home laying in bed, I worry about him still. It's like, when I'm at work I'm too busy to worry about him, but when I'm home and he's sleeping right next to me I worry about him more! That's why I'm looking forward to getting married. My dog loves my fiance, and he takes care of him for me most of the time. It's such a relief, although I don't regret adopting my dog for a minute! (LOL) I got him almost two weeks ago. It's certainly been a learning experience, but I'm really glad I have a dog now since I've wanted one all my life. Thanks for your comment. They're very encouraging. Sounds like you know what having a dog is all about! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and words of wisdom. Take care!