I couldn't get to sleep last night and I listened to all the sounds around me. I can't understand how someone can sleep when it's really quiet. I have 14 dogs sleeping in my room and 11 are on the bed most of the time. I don't mind the crowd. There is a comfort to having the pack protecting me at night. I can tell by feel which dog is which. For example, Louie has the very softest coat and Maverick has the very coarse coat. Percy has a lump on his back and the soft rubbable ears. Gidget is left out of the family bed until she is housebroken, but when she is tired she goes into her kennel and goes to sleep. She has moved all of her favorite toys to her bed.

Our bed is on top of a double stack of drawers so it's very high. I bought sturdy steps so most of the pugs can get up and down on their own. But there are exceptions. Oscar's back leg is useless, but he loves to sleep on a pillow up on the headboard. Sometimes he moves down on my pillow during the night. Jack is scared of the steps and makes crazy leaps to try to get to the top, so he get's lifted. Percy is blind and sleeps in the center of the bed. If I don't lift him he manages to come up the stairs anyway. Mugges is fat and lazy and Ferris just wants special attention so they need lifted.

We all get in bed and everyone finds their spot. They are very ritualistic. Gary works nights so we are both in the bed only two nights a week. On those nights everything is bedlam because it requires some adjustment of the spots. Slowly we all settle in and sleep begins to approach. The night music begins.....

Above me is Oscar. He wheezes in and has a soft snore out. He snuffles every 5-6 minutes and then his wheeze and snore begins again. Louie is on my pillow with his nose in my neck. He only snores in and it's very soft also. His little warm nose keeps my neck company most of the night. Maverick is near the pllow to my right. As he goes to sleep he lets loose with one huge and loud exhaled snore. It often makes me giggle, which wakes him up and we wait for his going to sleep snore again!

Ferris is on the pillow on the right or just below Maverick. He is one of the very quiet sleepers. Coco is below Maverick also and snuggled in my tummy.In the winter she's under the covers. She has a light very female snore. Ladylike and sedate. Jack, Muggles and Mooch are towards the bottom of the bed. They are the 3 loud ones and I'm glad they are not right in my ear! Often they fall in a rhythem together and sound like an acapella harmony trio. Percy is on my left in my middle back. He insists on touching me all night. If I move, he moves. If I try to move back he doesn't move and I have to turn over and shove him back. Summer or winter, Percy has my back and is quiet. My foster, Scout, would love to be a head of the bed dog but he knows he's lower on the totem pole. He brings a toy to bed to chew on. This prevents him from chewing on my comforter. When he's tired of chewing he stretches out full length against the back of my legs. Usually he's pretty quiet but when he does snore, it's very soft.

If Gary is gone, the Standard poodle, Allie, has his pillow and sprawls out on his side of the bed. She often has doggy dreams and gives little yips and has little jerks. Cookie is in the kennel on my side of the bed. She snores off and on. Her snores are NOT ladylike and sedate. She sounds like a sailor and sleeps like the dead. Petey patrols the house and eventually ends up on the cot on my side of the bed. He discusses his bed time options for a few minutes before settling in. Then he snores very quiet and sleeps soundly. Jezebelle, the big old shepherd mix girl likes to sleep on the floor at the end of my bed. She's very quiet and calm during the night. She wears herself out barking at shadows for an hours or so before bedtime.

I go away for the night and have difficulty sleeping. The noise is part of my soothing ritual before bed. I count the sounds and enjoy the puppy love I'm surrounded by. Being part of the pack is not a bad thing.


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Comment by Helena Brown on August 4, 2009 at 3:42am
That was lovely! I have never known a Pug I could not sleep with, and I just love the snoring. My Husband could tell you stories of the number of times he was nearly late back to work because he had fallen asleep with the Pugs beside him.
Comment by Denise Hutson on August 3, 2009 at 3:57pm
what sweet thoughts to share.....

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