At around 7:00am yesterday morning, I was working away in the basement when I heard some deep barking from upstairs.
Normally that would signify either somebody on our front porch; perhaps a car using our driveway to turn around, or our neighbors doing something outside. We live on a relatively quiet residential street and so at 7:00am, those options would be unlikely.
I ignored him and carried on working until around 7:15am, when my conscience got the better of me and I thought that I had better go upstairs and check on Ray. As soon as I got to the top of the stairs, Ray was walking into the kitchen seemingly to meet me!
I went through my usual “What’s up buddy” routine and he came up to me and snuggled right up against me. I gave him some impromptu spa treatment by stroking his ears; scratching the top of his head; massaging around the back of his neck and along his body, and finishing with a good tummy rub! He was so affectionate that I knew that something was not right!
While Ray often displays affection towards me, it always seems to be in a controlled kind of way unlike with Carol who he clearly adores (I have no issue with that because it makes leaving him on his own for a short while much less of a challenge for me!).
After his spa treatment, I gave the “Show me buddy” routine. He just looked at me with his big brown eyes, and then looked at the back door. I opened the door and he, not too enthusiastically, went down the steps and into the garden where he peed and came straight back.
It was close enough to his breakfast time so I took care of that and he seemed to settle down after that.
There are currently no answers as to what that was all about, and probably never will be any. My thoughts, in order of most likely first are:
- He had a bad dream and woke up feeling confused, and needed to know that all was well in “the den”.
- He was hungry and decided to try and manipulate an early breakfast.
- He really did hear movement outside.
- He wanted to pee really badly.
Any other suggestions? 🙂