Happy Sperm Donor’s Day

It’s a birdhouse. Get your mind out of the gutter. (If you can’t say “mother” then surely you can’t say “father”.)

We are

having internet problems. I can’t get to my email. You likely won’t hear from us for a few day.

Nightmares and Dreamwalkers

What's all the commotion about?

Wednesday night was not a good night.

Figuring out what has been going on with Toby has turned out to be a painful adventure. For months, my otherwise happy puppy has been attacking me. Every resource I encountered mentioned checking the dog’s thyroid levels because low thyroid in dogs can lead to erratic behaviors. I had Toby checked; no low thyroid.

During the attacks, it was as if Toby were asleep. Sometimes he would “wake up” in the middle and looked confused or embarrassed about what was going on.

I think I may have finally figured out what is happening with Toby: Sleep Startle Reflex. Older dogs, deaf dogs – and for some reason greyhounds – tend to have this most often, but any dog can. Basically it is an old survival instinct where if anything – any little thing – happens near the sleeping dog it will attack instantly without even waking up. I don’t even need to touch Toby but make a noise near him and he will come running to growl at and bite me.

What made the condition even harder to pinpoint was that the attacks only happened in the evening or at night not during the day even though Toby sleeps at all of those times. Turns out that the SSR is only triggered during REM sleep. In the afternoons, Toby is merely napping, so he doesn’t dream then.

It felt good to find out that nothing is really “wrong” with my boy; he is just a sleepwalker…..er, sleep attacker. Experts recommend not punishing or yelling at your dog because he is unaware of what he is doing. To him, he just wakes up and everyone is mad at him. It is recommended that you put your furry attacker in a quiet room at night and block it off so that no one disturbs him. Little Toby’s heart has been breaking because I have been having him sleep in his kennel and not in the laundry. I feel awful that he can’t sleep in the bedroom with me, but this room is so small I can’t fit his kennel inside.

Maybe this will be incentive to get rid of some stuff so my puppy can toot contentedly beside me in his sleep.

Cairn terrier sleeping in kennel.

I hate this kennel. I wanna come back and sleep in the laundry.

Go away. I'm sleeping.

Dirty laundry – the bed of the gods.

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Dream Our World

Come see what Bitey and Super Sleep-Bitey (otherwise known as Toby) have been up to, pick up a copy of Bitey Dog and Toby in Dream Our World! Inside the boys view the world of art from a canine perspective and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun.

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The Governor

Mwahaha!
Actually the article says that the Governor was accused of a "Reign of Tyrany", not a "Rain of T-Rexes". Yeah, but my way is more visually appealing.
Cairn terrier stalking prey

And if it weren’t for me, there would be nothing funny about this situation at all.

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

While there aren’t any T-Rexes in Dream Our World, there are plenty of other scary things! Come with the boys to The Museum of the Imagination and view the world of art from their canine perspective.

Dream Our World is available from my shop.

Under the Couch

Yark!  Oh Toby, why do you always have to do that under the furniture?
Don't worry.  I'll get it.  Gross.

Toby likes to make sure that it is next to impossible to clean up after him. Geordie at least had the good sense to go outside to do this.

Where would be the fun in that?

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

RAHru

The other day, Toby was making quite a fuss at his toy box. I told him to take out whatever he wanted, but he insisted that I get it. Several times I asked him what he was looking for, and he kept saying “RAHru”. OK, let’s figure out what RAHru is. One by one I picked up the toys to offer him. He was completely disinterested until I picked up this tiger. Then his eyes got big and his tail started wagging. Evidently this toy is RAHru.

It seems that Toby wanted RAHru in order to have someone to frame for stealing socks.

Naughty Cairn terrier tears up trash while his toy Blue Puppy watches the carnage.

Blue Puppy has company as Toby’s naughty sidekick.

You don’t expect me to take responsibility for my own behavior, do you?

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

If you haven’t read Dream Our World yet then this is a perfect time to pick up a copy! Inside, my two naughty Cairn terriers visit the museum of their dreams and view the world of art from a canine perspective.

Dream Our World is available from my shop.

Blue Loo

Hey, it looks like youi got a little something on your face.  Yeah, you too, but I know what'll fix it!
Blublublublub....
She'll never know what we did.  We're too clever for her!
Should I be worried?
Blue Loo

I can’t wait to get inside and wash off.

Toby got what will hopefully be his last bath from me today. Why the last? This dog is like the Tasmanian devil when it comes to grooming. After yet another bite, I decided it was time to look for a groomer. I had been avoiding groomers because of my allergies. I have problems with fragrances and with parabens. I have no idea if I will be lucky enough to find someone who uses products that I can tolerate. If not, this might end up being Toby’s last bath ever. Gross.

(In real life the toilet lid is kept down when not in use, so Toby can’t wash his face whenever he wants to.)

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Work on Your Timing

That's great, sweetie.  You're so helpful.  Now we just haveto work on your timing.
Young cairn terrier looking over his shoulder.

She thinks this is by accident, but I do it all the time on purpose!

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Dressed for Snow

Hey mom, we wanna go outside! Hold on. It's cold out. I need to get dressed first.
Ha ha! Look, it's Ralphie's little brother! No wait, it's Kenny from South Park!
Maybe we should have quit while we were ahead.

Yeah, it’s best not to piss off the mama.

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Madison House wall hanging sized quilt.

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