Wednesday, May 09, 2007

My broken alarm clock

Tetsu and I like to wake up at 6:00 in the morning. Usually at 5:45 I wake up to the sound of Choco whining which quickly escalates into barking. Often when I peel my eyes open, a cat will be nose to nose with me waiting patiently for me to get up. Choco isn't so patient. She will not give us that last 15 minutes to sleep! We have tried putting her in the house, darkening her cage etc. but her inner clock tells her it is time the family was up. (Or do the cats let her know?)

Choco is an indoor dog at night and an outdoor dog during the day, at least during the fall and winter. I feel sorry for her out in the cold at night so she has a nice large, blanketed cage that she sleeps in in the living room. The reason Choco is an outdoor dog during the day is because she is not a particularly friendly dog. I don't trust her with the cats and also, she absolutely hates children. This has been a major problem since I teach English in my home and I have loads of kids coming in and out of the house all the time. (Our old dog barely opened a sleeping eye when someone came in the room). So, Choco stays chained up in the yard during the day and I bring her in when I've finished teaching for the evening.

Depending on the day of the week, my schedule differs and some days I'm finished teaching at 5:30, sometimes at 9:00. Everyday, Choco barks at the people who come and go and she naps while she waits for English to be over. And everyday she lets me know when she thinks it is time to be let in. Always 10 to 15 minutes before the class is over! If it is Monday night and I have a student who will be finished at 7:30 Choco will start barking and whining at around 7:15. If my last class ends at 6:00 on another day, she will start her act at around 5:45. It doesn't matter if on Friday I teach two classes, one from 6:30 to 7:30 and another from 8:00 to 9:00, she won't start making noise at the end of the earlier class. She waits until about 15 minutes before 9:00. My alarm clock. And broken at that since she will never wait those last 15 minutes!

Doesn't she sound like a smart dog? Then why doesn't she learn to heel and come?!


Nancy said...

You know what this puts me in mind of, Tanya? The way the kids, when they were little and we were going on a trip, would manage to hold it together and be pleasant to each other until FIFTEEN minutes before we arrived at our destination! Made no difference whether the trip was a 45 minute one or a nine hour one; those last fifteen minutes would be HORRIBLE.

Laurie Ann said...

She must be a "watch" dog. Ha ha! Get it? :)

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

What a sweet face she has. I suppose you do not have a secure fence hence the need to chainher. Is it common to have fences where you lie? Or even dogs for that matter? I imagine the yards are not that large?