You “guys” that have been Following for some time now will know that I am usually awake and totally “wired” by 5:00am. For anybody who has not contemplated that kind of a schedule, you would be amazed at how much “stuff” I can work through between 5:00am and 8:00am, when the rest of the world wakes up!
Ray knows my schedule extremely well and so ignores me completely when I get out of bed. He knows that I will have a coffee and a bowl of cereals and then go down into the basement. Either he realizes that sharing may not be my strong point at that time in the morning or, more likely, he is too drowsy at 5:00am to contemplate the possibilities.
He is however extremely alert around 8:00am as he seems to respond to me turning off the lights in the basement in that he suddenly appears at the top of our basement stairs to meet me!
Last night was a routine event until around 3:45am. I must have been partially awake because I suddenly heard a loud (really loud) thump from somewhere outside my bedroom. I was immediately alert and just listened for any additional sounds. Did we have an intruder? Why wasn’t Ray barking? Perhaps it was Ray who made the noise…. perhaps he fell off the sofa again? Why couldn’t I hear him moving around? Was he okay?
With all those unanswered questions going through my mind, I knew that I had to get up (even at 3:45am) and check everything out. I opened my bedroom door and there was Ray… just standing there looking at me. I couldn’t “read” anything from his body language, other than perhaps “G’morning Dad. Sorry! I fell off the sofa again!”
We had a brief one-sided chat (I talked – he listened), and then he turned around and curled up on the floor. All seemed to be well and so I went back to bed thinking that the floor was probably the best place for him. Even Ray cannot fall off the floor!
When I got up again around 5:00am, he was curled up on a chair! I guess that while the sofa was a threat to him, a chair somehow was a feasible alternative, but if he insists on stretching out without noting where his body is relative to anything, there are going to be more thumps in the night! A relaxed dog weighing just under 80 pounds cannot free fall an 18 inches drop without making a noticeable sound!