After a very long and stressful work week, I thought I needed to find a video to make me laugh.
Instead, I happened across a video on Wimp featuring two Boxer puppies trying very hard to stay awake . I was hooked. It turns out that watching a video of a dog trying not to fall asleep did more to reduce my stress levels than one that made me laugh.
I was going to share the video for this Friday’s pick, but it turns out the original (on YouTube) doesn’t have the music background (Trust me. It makes a difference.)
So, I went looking for another video featuring another cute dog falling asleep. Who knew there were so many videos featuring sleeping dogs?
Then, there it was – a cute video featuring the most adorable Sheltie, falling asleep to “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Yup. That was the one. I hope you like it as much as I did.
I feel less stressed now. How about you?
Happy Friday everyone!
Today I am taking another look back to the early years when Daisy came to live with me. This is an old blog post from Daisy’s blog, “Daisy the Wonder Dog (and how she found her inner Lab).” It highlights the progress Daisy had made after I adopted her in 2007.
I think it is a good reminder for those who have a damaged or unsocialized dog. Progress can be made. It takes time and patience and often happens in fits and starts – for every step forward, there are two steps back, but it is so rewarding when you start to take those steps forward. The key is to never give up hope. You need a lot of patience and understanding. You also need learn to learn to celebrate the small successes.
This post is from October 21, 2008, a little under a year from the date Daisy first came to live with me.
I am sitting here tonight with my Daisy dog lying next to me on the couch, my mother’s dog, Jake, laying beside me on the floor and my pet sitting friend, River, laying on her bed behind me. All sleeping peacefully. Could it get any better?
There are so many things I would like to write about Daisy’s progress these past few months, and yet, I can’t help but focus on what she has been doing these past few days. Will there ever be an end to her growth? To her progress? I don’t think so. It seems like she is constantly surprising me with new facets of her personality.
Most mornings, Daisy and I pick up Henry, another wonderful pet sitting client, and head off to the dog park. Daisy always claims the back seat as her own; sprawling across the full length of the seat so she can sleep comfortably. (I actually think it’s her way of coping with car rides.) Henry rides shotgun; always alert for the lone squirrel crossing the street or another dog on a walk. On occasion, he looks over at me with his adorable puppy-dog eyes and I cannot help but pet him and tell him how cute he is – he really is that cute.
Even after our jaunt to the park and the short stop to drop Henry off at home, Daisy will remain in the back seat. Sleeping.
It’s only we get closer to home that she will suddenly sit up, like she has some internal radar detecting a beacon from home, and look out the window or stand up, tail wagging wildly, as she waits for us to pull into the driveway and into the garage.
That has always been the case. Always. Until recently, when Daisy suddenly decided to add a new behavior.
Now after we drop Henry off, she climbs into the front seat, where she sits until she falls asleep, head drooping down, lower and lower until she finally lays down; or she curls up in a ball and lays her head on my lap between the stick shift and my bottled water. It’s the first time she has really sought me out for affection in that way. I know I may be adding human emotion into the mix, but it’s almost as if she feels more at peace being near me. Her whole body relaxes and she sleeps more deeply, sometimes snoring gently. She also seems to enjoy the fact that I can pet her continuously while she sleeps.
For me, they are the most peaceful rides I have ever had. There is so much love that is contained in that one small moment in time. Knowing how afraid Daisy was to trust anyone (including me), makes it all the more amazing and beautiful.
How is that a dog so mistreated and unloved for so much of her early life could trust enough to let me see her vulnerable? I know I’ve said it before, but I really am lucky. She is one special dog and I don’t think I will ever be the same again. She has taught me so much in the past 11 months that she has been with me, including: love, patience, trust, commitment, beauty, peace, and the joy – all the things that come from those small but powerful moments in our lives. It’s my wish that everyone gets the chance to be blessed with the same.
Have a Daisy day on me.
Sometimes I swear the universe tells me what I am supposed to write about – even when I have other plans. I was all set to write about a more serious issue today, but by chance, coincidence, or the universe, two things occurred today that made me believe a little lighter fare was needed.
The two things?
First, my brother called me today and shared a couple of Dozer stories. (Dozer is his dog. I wrote about him back in March .) Dozer is quite a character, so when my brother shares a story you know you’re going to laugh. The last one was the funniest to me. My brother told me that today he heard some thumping coming from another room in the house. Knowing Dozer was in that room, he got worried and went to check it out. The thumping noise? Dozer wagging his tail. In his sleep.
The second was a video a friend shared with me of a Lab doing the very same thing. Seems a bit serendipitous doesn’t it?
Both things brought back a lot memories of my dog Indy. Indy was a Shepherd/Collie mix I adopted at 5 years old. She was a great dog – smart and loyal and well-mannered. But when Indy slept she became a dog on the move. Her mouth would twitch, her body would move and her feet would start flicking back and forth. We always assumed she was running in her sleep and used to joke and say that she was moving her flippers.
Thinking about Indy and hearing about Dozer made me wonder what other dogs do in their sleep. Do they bark? Do they make strange noises? Do they move their flippers like Indy? I would love to know.
What funny things does your dog do in their sleep?
I happened across these two videos while out looking at another pet video on YouTube, and it got me to thinking… What do my dogs do while I am gone? I suspect they sleep too, but I just may have to set up my camera to see. I love all the strange sleeping positions.
I thought I would end with the actual arrival home. This is what most of us see. Isn’t it?
My dogs don’t do too many funny things while sleeping, but I do love to see what other dogs do in their sleep. One of my previous dogs, Indy, used to move her feet in her sleep all of the time. We used to say she was moving her flippers because she only moved the bottom of her feet (from the last bend in her leg down to her toes). I reminded us of flippers on a dolphin.
That’s why these videos made me laugh. I hope they make you laugh too. Enjoy!
As a pet sitter, I often see pets at their most active and excited so it’s hard to take in one of my most favorite moments… when they sleep. Like children, dogs sleep with such abandon that they often end up in strange positions. Or, they look so peaceful that you hate to get up because you know that by the time you grab a camera, they are going to be awake and you will have missed that special moment forever.
But, because some of my clients stay with me and my dogs (Daisy and Jasper) from time to time, I get the opportunity to see them at their most peaceful. And, because I often make videos for my clients, I always have a camera nearby to capture those great shots. Here are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!