Cicero is fine…but…he has not been acting like himself for the past 8 to 10 days. He mopes around a lot - wants me to hold him more and sleeps in my lap -- naps at my feet -- not eating as well -- doesn't want to play outside for long and will find him a cool spot to relax -- not as excited when people come in. Okay, he just acts depressed and sad!!! (I thought about Jasper, Missy.) DH has been leaving every morning to work on a project at our daughter's home and I thought maybe he just missed him. We also thought that since Cicero has had a couple of friends over to play, and whined when they left, that it was time we get another puppy for him to have a playmate and not feel bored. My non-dog man had finally agreed -- anything for Cicero. Then his vet called yesterday to check on how Cicero is doing (they love him) and I said he doesn't seem to feel good for the past week or so and I will bring him in next week for a checkup - not sick - just down and out!!
Oh, what has happen to my little guy? The running and playing and following me from room to room has slowed wayyyy down. I have been replaced for the doughnut bed and he will look at me when I leave the room, then just wait for me to return. I want my playful, happy, Cicero back!!
This morning I got out of bed to go to the bathroom at 6:00 and Cicero raised his head and looked at me…sad…and turned over. As I was peeing….
…..HELLOOOOO. The light bulb went off!!!! My boy is not sick…he is not sad and depressed….he IS sleep deprived!!!!! I ran to the bed, pulling up my pj's on the way, to tell DH -- you know how you have ask Cicero all week what is wrong with your boy -- well, you snore, jump in your sleep, I've coughed for two weeks with this cold -- and he can't get a good night's sleep!!! That is why he is acting lazy and depressed during the day. He's just tired!!!!!!
Things changed. Cicero was sleeping in his crate in the den until we came down between 7 and 8 and was a happy active boy during the day. Then almost two weeks ago, DH said, "he's old enough to sleep on the bed with me now so we're getting him out of jail." After a couple of nights I told him I think we need to put him in the crate because I (me, me, me) have not slept well since Cicero couldn't seem to 'find his right spot.' DH said he was just trying to figure out if he wanted to sleep at his back or mine…or at the top of the bed or the bottom -- and he would find his best spot in another night or two.
Okay, people, I'm feeling a little bit stupid right now. I've been dragging around tired during the day and thought it was "all" because of the summer cold I have. DH has complained about being tired and dozing more in his chair at night and thought it was because of his present project. NO…we are all three sleep deprived!!!!!! Cicero can't sleep well for the coughing and snoring -- and we don't sleep well for him 'trying to find the right spot'.
Do we 'really' listen to our pets? Sometimes it's something so simple that it takes a while to figure it out. "We" think we are doing something good for our pets because it's what "we" want. I have no doubt now that if Cicero could talk we would have heard -- "Stop coughing." "Stop snoring." "Please quit pushing me with your foot." "Careful..I'm behind you so don't roll over again." "How do you expect me to get a good night's sleep so I will feel good tomorrow with you two in my bed!!!!"
SO…our sweet Cicero is going to get to sleep in his crate tonight without two old people disturbing his sleep -- so we will have our happy, energetic puppy back!!!! And DH and I will sleep without little paws walking across our legs.
Is it possible that "maybe" your furbaby (and you) is sleep deprived also and would really prefer a crate or their own bed? My doctor, for arthritis, told me once "a really good night's sleep is very important for joint pain." I believe him now.!!
I think it's important to "listen" to their silent voice...their actions!! It doesn't always have to be what 'we' want. If you ever wish you furbaby slept in a crate...maybe he wishes the same. Father doesn't always know best.