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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

She talks the talk, but...

When we first decided to get a new puppy Zahava went on a serious reading jag, bringing home and devouring an impressive number of tomes on dog training. 

Naturally she insisted that I read them too, but I don't know why I bothered.  After all, as she was reading she would continuously provide verbal highlights of the salient points, shouting them to me at the top of her lungs wherever I happened to be in the house.


Zahava: "Honey, listen to this... it says here that you should never let dogs sleep on the same level as you.  One of the ways they recognize that their owners are the 'alpha dogs' in the house is that they sleep on a higher level.  That means that you can't let Lulu up on the bed the way you do with Jordan."

Me [from the opposite end of the house]: "Whaaaat?

Repeat as necessary until I either stop what I'm doing and come to wherever she is reading... ~or~ ... I simply pretend to have heard her and yell back the standard catch-all, "Oh... very interesting.  Thanks."

So go ahead and guess who was sleeping curled up contentedly next to Zahava on her side of the bed last night?

Here's a hint:  It wasn't me.

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One day I will post about how I was totally manipulated into letting them actually bring Ozzy home. I swore up and down that this dog would never sleep in our bed, and that I would have nothing to do with him.

Yeah, right.

He OWNS the bed. And when we wake up in the morning, I sneak in a quick snuggle and cuddle with him before I do the same for my husband.

Alpha dog, indeed...

Posted by: Baila | Apr 9, 2008 12:34:36 PM

Apparently I am the heartless dog owner in the bunch. Izzy has been officially kicked out of our room at night. It's mostly because she is now too heavy to carry down the stairs, and we are not convinced she will reliably get from upstairs to outside without flooding the house in the morning, but I can't say I miss her snoring!

Posted by: Rachel | Apr 9, 2008 1:15:24 PM

Oh, a picture of that would have been nice.... I'm sure the girls looked very cute!

Posted by: val | Apr 9, 2008 1:37:17 PM


She cuddled with me on the bed BEFORE I went to sleep! Must I remind you that this was decidedly NOT a "let's spend the night in Zahava's bed" kind of deal? She slept through the cuddling, I did NOT!

Before I retired for the evening, where was Lulu dumped, er, I mean deposited?!



The crate you say. The puppy slept the night in the crate?

Funny. That.

Posted by: zahava | Apr 9, 2008 2:04:03 PM

Ummm... OK....

[looks from one side to the other]

[backs away slowly]

Posted by: Rahel | Apr 9, 2008 2:45:56 PM

Backing away very quickly.

Posted by: shira0607 | Apr 9, 2008 3:22:35 PM

Welcome to my life. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 9, 2008 3:49:30 PM

We have no dogs. The Three Musketeers are plenty for me. Every night is musical beds: I never know at the beginning of the evening with whom in in which bed I will awaken in the morning. That sounded tempting during my bachelor days, but now...I'm just tired all the time (been that way for 9 years now).

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Apr 9, 2008 3:53:13 PM

Hmmm... It's as if the names had been changed to protect the innocent, but I'm almost positive I heard the exact conversation when we (err those named-changed folks) got a new puppy...

Very strange...

Posted by: Jethro | Apr 9, 2008 3:56:18 PM

LOL. My own dog only shares the bed when I'm on holiday, just because I don't want her to scratch someody else's doors!

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Apr 9, 2008 4:18:22 PM

Very interesting. Thanks.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Apr 9, 2008 4:47:48 PM

I never know at the beginning of the evening with whom in in which bed I will awaken in the morning.

That is ok. I never know who is going to wake up alongside of me in my bed. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Apr 9, 2008 6:11:41 PM


My Orli snores, and I've just been informed she needs her adenoids removed. Maybe my ENT does dogs, like Trep's dentist friend does monkeys.

Then you can welcome Izzy back to bed....

And we should get Izzy and Ozzy together

Posted by: Baila | Apr 9, 2008 7:58:54 PM

Animals are beautiful! My father is a frum Veterinarian, and he taught us that animals are not random creatures but they are also gifts from Hashem. As a result, growing up with a dog (at times 2 - my mother said that 4 boys was enough)made us more cognizant and appreciative of G-ds creations. If one is concerned about having a dog either for safety reasons OR halachik I would love to convince you that you are wrong ~

Check out my post about animals and Shabbos @ http://vortlach.blogspot.com/search/label/Pets

My father has never slept with a dog in his bed. Always on the floor next to him, and sometimes on the cold tiles in the bathroom. Thanks for the post....I'm hooked as a reader

Posted by: Ibn Mordechai | Apr 10, 2008 5:51:31 AM

The real question, though, Zahava, is if Lulu went to sleep on your bed, where does she think she spent the night??

Posted by: Alisha | Apr 11, 2008 5:49:00 AM

-- Me [from the opposite end of the house]: "Whaaaat?"

How very Dave Barry; how very so true...

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Apr 12, 2008 9:24:12 AM

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