Music and Words

February 7, 2010

Nightly Battle

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 10:11 pm

I’d like to take a moment to describe what happens every night as I try to go to bed.

I lift the dog up on the bed and give her a treat. She eats the treat, then wanders around the bed for a couple of minutes, looking bored, before jumping off. She sniffs around the room for a while, then apparently decides nothing on the floor was all that interesting either, and she might as well get back up on the bed and go to sleep.

But she can’t jump up on the bed on her own.

So she comes around near where I’m sitting, and whines at me to pick her up. Since I know she won’t stop until I do what she wants, I usually sigh and lean down so I can pick her up. Now, I have two ways I can do this. I can either get off the bed and pick her up like most normal people would, or I can get her to put her front legs on the bed and pull her up without getting up. Unfortunately, Aria is weird.

If I try the first method, she runs under the bed. She’s always been like this – very skittish. We’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old, so I know no one’s ever beat her or anything, but she’s very weird about people coming near her. So as soon as I start looking like I’m getting out of bed to come get her, she puts her ears back and scoots under the bed as fast as possible.

If I try the second method, which I prefer, first I have to make sure she’s close enough that I can reach a paw and pull it up onto the side of the bed. She backs away a little while I’m doing this too, but if I can grab her, I almost always manage to get her up on the bed in the end. Then, when I do actually grab on to her paw so I can lift her up, she bites me for it. She bites all the time and it doesn’t hurt (anymore) so I just ignore this. Once I do get her up on the bed, she lays down immediately and goes to sleep.

All this for a dog who was actually on the bed to begin with.

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2 Comments

  1. Would maybe putting a small step-stool or something for her to climb up on her own near the foot of the bed help?

    Comment by easykeys88 — February 8, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  2. Yeah. Some of these. http://www.discountramps.com/ultralite_pet_stairs.htm?CAWELAID=298240755

    [snort]Those are so fugly.

    Comment by fitzage — February 8, 2010 @ 11:27 am


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