As you know, I like to conserve energy. Economy of motion has become my mantra. Too many dogs spend too much time doing too much woofing and too much running, digging, and carrying on. IMHCO. Nothing against them. If it works for them, more biscuits to them.
I enjoy my ZZZ-Time. Steve will tease me and call me a Snooze Bunny or a Sleeping Doodle. Whatever.
So, today I’d like to do a little dogsplaining about the sleeping us canines do. If you would like more information you can read this article. (Note: I just gave you a hyperlink and a citation. Cool, huh?)
It’s reported that most of us canines sleep between 12 and 14 hours per day. Some of it is “light” in that we are ready in a heartbeat to jump up and interact with our surroundings. At these times we remain vigilant even though our eyes may be closed. Young pups and older dogs may sleep more.
Steve swears I sleep about 20 hours a day. As usual, he exaggerates.
Most of the times when I’m, let’s call it, napping, I lay on my side and stretch out. I hear this means I am comfortable in my fur and even more so with my surroundings. I’m exposing myself because I trust where I am and who I am with while sleeping, er, napping. Sometimes I will flip belly up—very comfortable and it cools my body.
Some dogs like to sleep belly up. This, too, usually indicates comfort and trust with the environment. I’ve been known to lay belly up for strangers—not to sleep but to get a nice soothing belly rub.
My favorite position on the beach is what humans call the Superman position. I prefer to call it the SuperDOG position. I’m on my belly with front legs stretched in front of me and my back legs kicked out behind me as far as they will stretch. It’s cool on the tummy and it allows for quick movement if I need to protect Steve or retrieve a dropped biscuit.
If you watch us sleep you might even see us twitch and jerk a little. Like humans, we dream, too. And sometimes go deep into dreams for a nice sound sleep. Of course, it could mean we’re cold.
The last thing I’ll mention is that we canines will often just take in a light nap. I think humans call it power napping. When we do this we are either just catching our breath or it could mean we are bored and waiting for something exciting to happen. No offense intended—but the dog’s life can get rather mundane at times. Just saying.
If your canine companions sleep too much or show signs of distress make sure you contact his/her doctor. Since your dog cannot say, “Yo, over here, I’m not feeling well!”, it’s up to the dog’s person to pay attention.
May naps be in your future.
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In my new book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, I share stories and lessons about friends, family, and fun. And I speak about purpose as well. (Steve says for dogs we might just want to call it “furpose.” He makes words up, I think.) Perhaps the book holds a biscuit or two for you!
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