At night when I go to bed I leave my two of my blind dogs downstairs in the kitchen.
Sometimes I leave Squeak with them as he has taken to sleeping in the same bed with Rosie,
my 16yr old blind Papillon.
So if he's already sleeping, I leave him there.
Then I carry my little Poppy upstairs (she's tiny. 4.5 pounds tiny) and everyone else follows.
The back bedroom/dog room is where a couple of the other little ones sleep and Blue.
He HAD been sleeping in my room on the upholstery bench next to the window but since it's been below zero outside and being close to the window is cold, he will get up on my bed.
AND, everyone else is on it and there's hardly any room!
So I've had him sleep in the back bedroom where he has a whole twin bed to himself
and it's actually warmer in there than my own room!
Everyone else has their own spot on my bed,
Poppy is next to me against my back
and Twinkle sleeps on the other pillow
and my cat Ghost lays in front on my face and stares at me and...
well, you get the idea.
My routine is to set the alarm on my phone and again on an old phone I have.
I'm just scared to death of over sleeping, although I never have.
Still, one is set for 5:00 am and the other for 5:10...just in case.
Usually I read a page or two or watch one of the Jimmy's on TV until my eyes are drifting shut.
Yep, that's my routine.
I have a lot to do in the morning and then there's the drive to work.
That time can vary but lately it's 20 -25 minutes to get there,
but I need to be at work by 7:00 am
THIS morning something woke me before the alarm.
I didn't open my eyes at first. I just laid there and listened.
It was Blue.
I could hear him in the other bedroom and he was scraping the floor like a horse would with his foot.
I immediately opened my eyes!
If he does that, he's trying to get my attention.
Maybe he had a tummy ache.
Maybe he had to go potty, bad.
My eyes were open then but I still laid there a moment more and listened, when suddenly I thought,
WHY is it so light in my room?
I bolted up straight and grabbed my phone -
I ran out the bedroom door and flung open the half door to where Blue was and everyone followed me as we ran down the stairs.
As they were pottying I sent a text to the Office Manager that I would be very late!
In almost 14 years of working there, I have never over slept.
I ran around like a crazy person.
I was brushing my teeth and looked into my room and there in the middle of the bed sat Poppy!
She's too tiny to get off by herself and I ran in and grabbed her and
ran downstairs and set her on her potty pad.
She's such a good girl to hold it all that time.
So I got everyone situated and made sure they had plenty of bedding even though the heat was going.
The house is warm but there are some cold spots.
The temperature was 6 below outside so I counted heads for a third time, just to make sure.
I couldn't focus because I hadn't had time for coffee.
I ran out and scraped the car windows and
amazingly enough, I clocked in to work at 7:56!
So...that was a first.
But I couldn't help think that maybe it was my subconscious that made me sleep late
and of course, of all my dogs, it was my Blue that made sure I did get up.
Yep, hope that never happens again!
I was in such a panic and felt "off" all day.
Luckily, the kennels weren't very full.
This time of year there is always just a few dogs....
But in a few weeks it will be craziness again.
In other news,
I started posting on my Art blog.
Kinda of a rough start! but I've started!
I'd love if you'd check it out... and maybe even Follow!