I swear sometimes Delgado deliberately does things to drive me nuts.
He's always been a stickler about loving his xpen for sleeping in at night, he waits for me to close the door and give his treat then he curls up and sleeps. I've tried a few times with leaving him out or even just leaving the door open but he usually fusses by pacing on the floor or just whining until I close (and latch!) the door. I really don't care if he sleeps in the xpen or not, if all parties are happy and I get my sleep I don't care if he wants the Brahms lullaby playing all night! lol
It's been a few months since I last tried so I thought I would try again on Friday night. He was good and tired and even went straight to sleep with no fuss with the door open. I thought "perfect, maybe he's finally outgrowing the xpen!" and went to sleep myself. At 4:30 in the morning I wake up to footsteps and a wet nose in my face. Delgado is sitting in front of me and whining quietly, now my alarm goes off at 5:20 AM every morning, even weekends and that's when I get up and let them out and feed them. Normally he never wakes me up unless he really needs to go outside so I willingly get up and take both dogs outside, rather then wake up again at 5:20 I decide to go ahead and feed the dogs. Both eat and go back to sleep, I close the xpen gate so he'll sleep in as he usually does, no fuss
Next morning, 4:30 AM I wake up to pacing again and eyes peeping over the edge of the mattress. I know he probably doesn't need to go outside but again willingly get up and let them out and feed them again again so I can sleep in again. Yet again they both eat and I close the xpen door and we all go back to sleep.
This morning, first day of the week back to work I get woken up AGAIN at 4:30 in the flippin' AM! I crack a eye open and glare at the two eyes staring back at me and growl "go back to sleep!" at him. He paces and whines at me so I unwillingly crawl out of bed, resist the urge to boot his butt down the stairs and let both dogs outside. I don't feed them but take them back upstairs and go back to sleep for the few minutes I have left before my alarm goes off. The alarm wails and I smack it and bring the dogs back downstairs and feed them breakfast and get ready for work and then drop them off in my sisters room.
Needless to say that pen door WILL be shut tonight and he dang well better sleep unless there is blood and guts on the floor until 5:20 AM tomorrow morning!! You all are my witnesses that I have been pushed to the limit and I hope you will all attend my hearing as witnesses to my state of mind if I hear one peep or see one eyeball over the edge of my mattress tonight...
Good night Delgado! I love my dogs I love my dogs I love my dogs....
In case anyone is worried, this post IS written in humour...at least some of it is
Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
Koda & Zazu - 5 year old male cats
Alex - Male Cocker Spaniel (rescue) - RIP Cuddlebug 2007-2010