Dogs are not dumb animals. Even when it looks like theyâ€™re just lazing around the house they are busy observing you. Watching and learning. Over time they figure out what youâ€™re up to — and how it can benefit them.
In the middle of the night, Iâ€™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 isnâ€™t a story about the dogs going out, itâ€™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 spotÂ 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 hereâ€™s what the dogs know:
- Iâ€™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:
- Iâ€™m a sucker.