Dogs are not dumb animals. Even when it looks like they’re just lazing around the house they are busy observing you. Watching and learning. Over time they figure out what you’re up to — and how it can benefit them.
In the middle of the night, I’ll get up to go to the bathroom. Invariably, this turns into a trip downstairs so the dogs can go out and relieve themselves as well.
But this isn’t a story about the dogs going out, it’s about the dogs coming in — because when they come in they race upstairs to beat me back to the bed. By the time I drag myself upstairs, the warm spot in the covers is occupied by 90 pounds of dog.
They look at me. I look at them. It would be hardhearted to kick them out, so I try to squeeze into the remaining foot or so of bed and get comfortable.
So here’s what the dogs know:
- I’ll let them out after going to the bathroom, regardless of the hour.
- If they hurry, they can beat me back to the bed.
- I will tolerate their presence in the bed.
And what I know:
- I’m a sucker.