Overlords Of Time

Can anyone else’s dogs tell time?
To be honest with you, since Clay retired, time no longer exists. There’s no place we HAVE to be, no schedule or deadlines to meet. There are NO rules! We can go to bed when we feel like it, sleep as late as we want, go where we want, when we want……every day is Saturday!

It’s still something we are getting used to and attempting to embrace.  It’s a childlike freedom, pure abandon…..except for the dogs. They are not “with it”.   They have become militant time keepers, viewing us and our irresponsibility with distain and a fair bit of disgust. When we were still bound to time. We were diligent in keeping our daily schedules, we fed their morning meal at 9am and their dinner at 5pm.

While attempting to drink my coffee in the morning or watch a movie later in the day or reading a book, writing a blog post etc. I am suddenly set upon by both Danes, in my face, giving kisses then running around the coffee table and looking back at me as if to say “are you coming or what?”   They’ll repeat the process, Gus becoming more and more vocal and insistent.  The mini schnauzer, Bella, is pawing at my leg.

My attempts to get them to go lay down, falls on deaf ears.  Soon, Gus will employ “the guilt trip”, standing in the kitchen with his face laying on the counter with the “sad eyes” look he uses to get what he wants.  He’s a master manipulator who knows I fall for this one often.

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When that doesn’t work, they’ll go stand in front of the refrigerator and stare at me with indignation as if tapping their watches and throwing up their paws, “Hello! You forget something? You know what time it is?”
Glancing at my phone, sure enough, it’s either 9am or 5pm!

They are fastidious  overlords of time.  It’s 9:40am right now and Eden, our female dane, has had enough of my nonsense and just barked right in my face!  I’d better take care of business before we have an all out revolt.

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P.S.  These guys are incredibly clever and I am convinced that they understand English perfectly, choosing the pretense of ignorance to their benefit in getting me to wait on them hand and paw.  Seriously, out of 50 toys, that they’ve strewn across the floor, I can say “where’s your bear?” And the Gus will rifle through them then bring me the bear!  He will often search for his blanket (which he sucks on). The day I said, “You left your blanky in the bedroom.” and he went all the way down the hall, into our bedroom and returned with it, I knew I had been being played! Lol

 

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33 comments

  1. I used to have a cat that woke me at 7am on workdays but slept in with me, till afternoon, on weekends. I loved that he picked up on not just time but also days!!
    The current lot used to be fastidious about going out at 6am, and gushy-food dinner at 5pm… but I’ve broken them of it. My stray comes by between 7pm & 7:30pm, or not at all. The skunks show up promptly at 8pm!! The other stray likes 3am. It’s funny to catch on to their routines!

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  2. I hear you on that retirement thing. I know when it is Monday because the trash guys come. I know when it is Tuesday because the lawn guy comes. These reminders have replaced a calendar. Oh, and yes, dogs can not only tell time, but they seem to have an innate ability to adjust to Daylight Savings time faster than we can.

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  3. Retirement is an adjustment for everyone. Somewhere along the way. my younger dog, Lulu, has become the head of watchdog security. Jake, older and more mature, seldom gets worked up about anything unless food is on the line.

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  4. I am so with you! The first two weeks of summer break are quite the transition for Anastasia. Takes that long to get on “summer schedule” and to realize that the 5:30 am. potty break is not going to happen. 🥴 But we also now stay up later so she can keep the same time span!

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  5. Sounds familiar Laura.. our Lassie Sam as he got older decided he was going to bed at 10pm. He used to sleep on a duvet on the floor at the bottom of our bed. He felt that we should all go… and would come in to the living room repeatedly and make whining noises about us staying up late… anyway.. entertaining story thank you.. and the last post from your archive is here https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-ranching-my-life-in-mud-boots-2016-wildfire-by-laura-m-bailey thanks again for letting me share them. Sally

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  6. Our cats do the same thing. One problem I have with retirement is deciding which project or task is the highest priority. I’m hardly ever sure whether I should be doing something else. Once the cats are tended to, of course.

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  7. My dog does this for walks, he knows that at 9am every morning it’s time for him and my dad to go to the post office. It doesn’t matter what my dad is doing, my dog will get up and sit in front of his office door and wait for him. Even if he’s not back there lol. He know eventually he’ll have to go back to get ready haha

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  8. My American Eskimo, Sammy Joe, held to a rigid schedule and expected the same of us. Whrn we didn’t respond to his commands he would take up a deflated and disappointed stance until we complied. Ya gotta love them!

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    • Hahaha These guys are incredibly clever and I am convinced that they understand English perfectly, choosing the pretense of ignorance to their benefit in getting me to wait on them hand and paw. Seriously, out of 50 toys, that they’ve strewn across the floor, I can say “where’s your bear?” And the XL Male will rifle through them then bring me the bear! He will often search for his blanket ( which he sucks on). The day I said, “you left your blanky in the bedroom.” And he went all the way down the hall, into our bedroom and returned with it, I knew I had been being played! Lol

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