Every morning, I drag two dog beds out of my bedroom down the hall into my office. I can do this because as soon as Jasper and Lilah see that I’m getting ready to leave the room, they pop up out of their beds, offer me a morning sniff and several wags, and wait for me to open the door.
Tucker, on the other paw, barely twitches. “C’mon, Tucker, we’re leaving!” Maybe one eye opens. Then closes.
Meanwhile, Lilah and Jasper have performed their morning floppities, stretches, and dog yoga, and are waiting patiently by the door.
“Leaving now, Tucker.”
I close the door and the two dogs and I head to my office where I set up their beds for the day. I sit down (often disturbing Elsa Clair from my chair which as far as she’s concerned is her bed that she grudgingly lets me borrow occasionally) and open up my laptop to begin work for the day. But I know better than to immediately dive deep into my writing.
A few minutes later I hear the slam of a paw against the bedroom door. Just one. Two scratches would be too much effort.
I open the door to a squinting scruffy dog whose entire body is one giant bedhead. He yawns, and plods past me straight to one of the beds in my office, where — with a sigh that sounds like the air brakes on a Manhattan bus — plops down and goes directly to doggy dreamland.
Whatever Tucker does, he does hard. Plays hard. Sleeps hard. It’s as if he has only two speeds: terrier and sleeping. Nothing in between.
What about your pets? Do they bounce out of bed ready for action? Or are they slow starters in the morning?
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