November 2nd 2011 9:55 am
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Mom has been sleeping with Sophie on the couch the last couple nights because Dad has caught a cold and in addition to his usual snoring, is making other loathsome and discomfiting sounds.
Sophie and I came up with a quite reasonable way to share the couch with Mom, and help her sleep better: I get one couch cushion, Sophie gets a couch cushion, and Mom gets the middle couch cushion. We can all be curled up in a our respective balls: Pennie-ball, Sophie-ball, and Mom-ball. Plus, Sophie and I do not have to jockey for who gets to touch Mom; we have equal access.
Mom complains that she is not comfortable sleeping a ball. Mom says that she has been waking up with a back ache, and with sore legs. Mom just does not know that Nurse Pennie Knows Best.
Dogs naturally curl up into balls, with their noses tucked under their tails. This puts the nose right near the bottom. This allows the dog to breathe in the naturally humidified healing vapors that eke out, clearing the nose and the lungs.
The curled position also stretches out the dog spinal chord. Humans tend to sleep stretched out, then wake up with a crick in the back. When is the last time anyone has seen a dog awaken, put a paw on it's back, and stumble over to brew up a pot of coffee, just to meet the day? No, the dog's back wakes up refreshed, ready to run outside to chase squirrels.
I am certain that if Sophie and I can just keep Mom sleeping curled up, between us, that Mom will breathe better, her back will be stronger, and she will be as energetic as we are.
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Sounds like a win-win to me too.
Peepoles are just so weird.
As the expert sleeper for the house may I also suggest that you and Sophie show extra love by lining up your rear end toward the Mom-ball.
Whoa- are you sure you aren't doctor Pennie? That sounds like you are diagnosing as well as treating your patient, um, Mom. Hope you don't hear from the nursing board...
Prof. Chester, who knows all about having the proper license
Prof. Chester, I hope this doesn't turn out to be a licensing conundrum like the County Dog License -- I so thought it gave me the license to drive, and Mulligan thought it gave him the VOTE, but, alas, it isn't that kind of License.
But, I did think of another licensing issue: does Mom have a Beauty License? Is she legally allowed to Wash My Hair? I think in Ohio, one needs a license to Wash Hair.
Good point, Pennie. Try calling the cops the next time she tries to give you a bath!
Prof. Chester, supporting the right to be dirty