In the past month or so, my quality of sleep has gone wayyyy down. I wake up feeling grumpy and groggy, and at first, I was blaming it on this whole winter thing, but then…FOREHEAD SMACK. I realized what the issue was. Is.
Juniper has started sneaking into my bed in the middle of the night, while I’m fast asleep, and I’m being jolted awake multiple times by paw-punches to the face. This dog does not curl up peacefully at the foot of my bed. She is a furry second grader with running dreams. She takes my spot and highjacks my pillow, and best of all: she prefers sleeping with her face pressed up against mine. I literally wake up gasping for breath. If this sounds cute I would love to offer you a night with my dog. Come get her any time.
Anyway, last night, I decided to ferberize her ass. I put her in her kennel in the living room, draped a blanket over her, and turned off the lights. I got into bed, sprawled out, and for fifteen minutes, enjoyed complete silence. This is so easy! I thought. Why didn’t I do this sooner?!
Let’s just say it didn’t work out. She cried for two hours. TWO HOURS. It wasn’t guilt that sent me over the edge, it was severe irritation (ok, and maybe a tiny bit of guilt). When I finally let her back into my room, she was so grateful that she collapsed on her bed and didn’t even try to sneak into mine. So…success…for now? I have a sinking feeling that I haven’t completely fixed the problem.
Do you sleep with your pet? Cats are one thing…but beasts are another.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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