Have you ever met a dog who could hear you stretch in bed from another room? No, you say?
Well, allow me to introduce you to Bouie -- Mr. Perky-ears McPest Pup.
One morning last week, Pepper and I were both down with the crud (or "black damocus," as Pepper says) and had plans to sleep in until we awoke naturally. Bouie had other ideas.
He has this uncanny ability to know when it's the weekend and Pepper won't have to go to the office, so he wants to go on his off-leash romp and/or swim with Pepper before the break of dawn. Pepper usually accommodates him because he pretty much trained Bouie to expect said romp. If Pepper doesn't get up at a time Bouie deems appropriate, Pepper can expect a big ol' paw or two to land on the mattress beside him, if not smack in the middle of his chest.
Bouie tried that trick last Saturday, but Pepper told him, "Not yet. Wait a little bit until I wake up," and Bouie slunk out of the bedroom to pout in the tv room. Typically, when he does that he won't bother Pepper again until he hears sounds of people stirring and walking. But, seriously, last Saturday, while Pepper was still asleep, I simply stretched before shifting position, and Bouie interpreted that miniscule sound as "stirring." Here came the toenails clicking across the floor, followed by 2 big paws flumping on the mattress, followed by a tail wagging so ferociously that the mattress swayed along with it, accompanied by soft whining coming from a face with wrinkled brow and ears that looked so perky you imagined that they hurt from the strain.
We both giggled.
And Pepper got up. [I turned over and went back to sleep. ;) ]
After they had their together-time romp at City Park where Bouie got to run and swim and chase some geese, they shared breakfast, and Bouie promptly curled up for an extended nap which lasted most of the rest of the day.
Pepper couldn't get back to sleep. Sort of.
Do you think we maybe spoil that dog a little too much?