Category Archives: Behavior and Psychology

Who Needs Sleep Anyways?

My friend, Wendy, reports that sleeping in is an impossibility at her house.  Between the hours of 5:30 and 6:00 am, every morning, Jake decides it is time for the household to be awake.  He doesn’t lick Wendy’s face or bark or jump on the bed; he rips the covers off the bed and drags them out of the room.

I have a similar problem with my Golden, Maggie.  She is also hungry at about 5:30 in the morning and will do just about anything to get me up to feed her.  She hasn’t stolen my covers yet, but she does all of the other things – licks my face, jumps and lands all of her 70 pounds smack on top of me, barks incessantly, and paws at me.  I always have bruises up and down my arms where she claws at me to get me out of bed.

Why is it we have to leave sleeping dogs lie, but they’re allowed to get us up whenever they want to? 

Write and tell me your dog wake-up stories at [email protected].

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

Don’t worry – he won’t bite!

OK, I admit it, I have a vested interest in this one.  I work at a midwestern power company during the day and blog by night. 

Our single biggest source of injury is dog bites.  And of course, all the owners tell us, “don’t worry – he won’t bite!”  Have you ever said that about your dog?  Are you sure he won’t? 

It’s not only the big, scary dogs that bite.  Our employees have often been bitten by little ankle-biters, as well.

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Undercover, but not a cop…

I never knew sanitation workers could go undercover…only in New York City.

Apparently, The Big Apple is serious about its pooper scooper law.  Theo Otibu, a former Ghana police officer and UN monitor in Bosnia, is now an undercover sanitation worker in Brooklyn – watching for people who don’t clean up after their dogs.  Apparently, the sanitation department employs 15 people to enforce the pooper scooper law across the five boroughs… Continue reading Undercover, but not a cop…