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How do you tell a Puppy it's time to set the clocks back?
Sunday, November 06, 2016
By Angela Squicciarini Photography, LLC
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I know it's been awhile since I've blogged, and I would like to introduce you to Nani.   She is a Bernese Moutain Dog puppy, also affectionately called a berner.  She is actually my sisters dog, I am watching for a couple of months.  She arrived at my house August 1st.  She is now 5 months old!  Started at 12 pounds, and already 45.6 pounds as of last week!  Not having a dog for almost 10 years now, and puppy for over 20, it has been an adventure.  She can be fun, cuddly, full of energy, stubborn and full of surprises.  Like last night.  I live on the east coast, and we have daylight savings time.  This puppy likes to get up at 6:00 am.  I prefer 7, but I've adjusted.  But how do you tell a puppy we are setting the clocks back and she gets to sleep later!  As if she cares.  I was dreading hearing her wake me up at 5:00 am, instead of the new 6am.  I tried feeding her later, the day before breakfast, lunch and dinner.  She seemed fine with that, and she even stayed up later.  So she went to sleep when I did at 11:30, or the new 10:30.  I thought ok I think this is going to work.  Well so far so good, then at 3:00 am I hear a distress cry from her, right next to my bed.  I woke up and found her halfway stuck under the bed.  She relaxed and got her hip and leg under the bed, but when she panicked and woke up, she kept trying to get up, with out moving out from under the bed.  I didn't know what happened.  Then I realized what she did and I had to try and calm her down, then slide her leg out so she could stand up.  After a few scratches she let me do just that, and she was fine.  Of course now it's 3am and we're both awake.  I let her outside, thinking she'ld go and come right back in.  No, I had to go call her back in, but she came.  Then she decides to fall asleep in the middle of the hallway.  I decide ok, stay there, I'm going back to sleep.  So we did get a few more hours sleep, but it was not that feeling you usually get when you set the clocks back.  She got me up again at the new 6 am, I tried to sleep a little longer, but it didn't really work.  I certainly don't sleep as well as her.  So as much as I've felt a little tired today, we made it through most of the day on the new schedule.  Let's hope she stays with it, and she doesn't get up before 6:00 am!  Don't know if there is any particular way to tell a puppy there is a time change.  I'm hoping the accident of waking up at 3:00 am, may just work out.  I guess I won't know until tomorrow morning!  Wishing everyone a good nights sleep!

 

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