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.

Dream Our World is available from my shop.

Toby and the Flowers

Ahhh....
But they're specifically called "pee-on-me's"!

What? Did I do something I wasn’t supposed to?

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Flowers and scallops embroidered on white pillow case set.

For your very own lovely (pee-free) flowers, consider adding these embroidered pillow cases to your decor! The scallops and posies will bring an old-fashioned touch to your home.

Flowers and Scallops Embroidered Pillow Cases are available from my shop.

Chopped Liver

I am going to miss Auntie. Auntis is so wonderful! She is the greatest. She's so pretty! Auntie gives the best tummy rubs.
So what am I? Chopped liver?!?
No. If you were chopped liver, you would smell better.
Two Cairn terriers asleep on the floor.

Yes, we like Uncle and Auntie better than you? Are you so surprised?

Once again company came to town, and once again my “faithful companion” deserted me. Both of my dogs preferred to hang around with my brother’s family, even if they were ignoring my pups in favor of their phones.

Really, I find it sweet that my dogs are so loving toward others, but boys….save the last dance for me. (Auntie and Uncle aren’t going to clean poop off your fur, after all.)

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Handmade cross stitched patchwork hearts acrylic coaster set.

Looking for a gift for someone special? These hand-stitched Calico Heart Coasters would be a great way to keep a loved one’s tables safe from glasses of icy lemonade. This set of coasters (and many other gifts) are available from my shop.

Muffins & Pears

Whaa!
But mom, everyone loves muffin tops! Remember that episode of Seinfeld?
Oh wait...
Jeez, just how much weight did you put on? That's the thing...I didn't gain any!

Ha! Father Time’s a bitch, ain’t he?

Real Life Toby is smug that he can eat anything and still look cute. Real Life Mommy is grumpy that she is most likely going to have to hand even more money over to Walmart in exchange for a pair of pants. Or a muumuu.

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This is the season for so many happy occasions! Whether a graduation or a birthday or an anniversary, your gift will make a real impression when presented in this reusable Gift Presentation Bag. After your gift has been given, it can be used to present yet another gift, or it can be used as a handy tote.

Zodiac Gift Presentation Bag (and others) can be found in my shop.

Tan Lines

It's finally warm enough for short sleeves. Look, I already have a tan line! So going from Arctic White to Fish Belly White now counts as "tan"?
It does if you're Scandanavian!

Beware. Mommy’s tan can be blinding.

Despite being very fair and coming from a family strong with red heads, for most of my life I was unable to either tan or burn. I could go out for an entire day in the hot sun and come home just as pale as when I started. I didn’t believe such a thing was possible. I thought that even if you didn’t tan, you couldn’t help but burn. Nope. I asked a doctor about it once. He wouldn’t make eye contact with me and mumbled something about my body chemistry not being right for tanning or burning. It never made sense, but I didn’t know how to argue the point.

A few years ago I did finally regain/develop the ability to burn. Guess how I found out.

Do I smell bacon?

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Copper Brocade Paisley Vest for Boys

Soon it will be the season for weddings! If you are planning to attend an in-person affair and need something nice for your young man, consider shopping at L Bowman Studios. There you will find an assortment of dress shirts, handmade ties, vests and knitwear in the Boys’ section.

Make sure your boy is dressed in the style he deserves!

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.

Cool New Shades

Look what mommy got us! A coloring book and colors. Wow, so many shades of gray!
D'you figure that's what the movie 50 Shades of Gray is about? A new box of crayons? Probably. What else woudl it be?
Cairn terrier stalking prey

You know I’m just going to eat those, right?

In Slovak, the word for dog is “pes” and the word for crayon is “pestelka”. This product practically invented itself. Add a few fangs on the box, and how could it help but be “Preferred by Puppies”?

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The deaf community has been receiving a lot more attention recently. Characters on TV shows and spokespersons in commercials are all highlighting the challenges and rewards of being other-abled.

If you would like the opportunity to start teaching your child Sign Language early, this handmade ASL quilt would be a perfect place to start.

Handmade ASL/American Sign Language Quilt with stuffed monkey posing on top.

Educational and a work of art, two qualities you will find to inspire your child in this heirloom-quality, handmade ASL/American Sign Language Alphabet Quilt.

ASL/American Sign Language Quilt 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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If you would like to enjoy more of Bitey and Toby’s adventures, order a copy of Dream Our World. inside the boys visit the museum of their dreams and view the world of art from a canine perspective.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Hooves

Whew!  The more you boys chew on those hooves, the more it smells like a barn in here!
So that's why barns smell so bad...cow feet.

Toby didn’t want me sitting in my chair today. He kept jumping up to get my attention. To make him happy I decided to lie down on the floor and keep him company. I was really tired, though, and I fell asleep almost as soon as I did. Unbeknownst to me, Toby brought over one of his hooves to entertain himself. He sat down next to me and pressed the hoof against the back of my legs while I slept. When I woke up my pants were soggy with drool, and I smelled like a barn. Thanks Toby!

Toby innocently stands there, wondering what mommy is looking at.

Any time, mom. Any time.

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