One of our first walks with Caesar in the ice. I thought he didn't like us because he didn't seem to want to come!
Caesar isn't a great fan of ice either. In fact, if I attempt to walk him on the icy ground, he will, if you'll pardon the pun, freeze up. Any adverse weather conditions and you've lost any enthusiasm that Caesar previously had about leaving the house. This lightning-fast change in attitude is amazing to watch. One minute he's bouncing about wanting to go for a walk and the next minute he's as still as a statue as he refuses to budge from the spot where he has rooted himself. This can be particularly annoying if, at the time that the adverse conditions set in, you are walking in the direction of home already!
But today's blog isn't about walks. Or cars. It's about bed time.
Since Christmas, Caesar has somehow managed to move into our bedroom. There are a few reasons for this:
1. If he's not in there, he cries outside of the door all night and doesn't let us sleep.
2. If he's not in there, he opens the door and comes in anyway.
3. It has been particularly cold recently, and there's no denying that our room is the warmest.
4. If he's not in there, he poos on the floor!
I've always dealt with the first two accordingly. If Caesar cried, I'd try my best to ignore him, even once resorting to ear plugs. If he opened the door, I'd calmly take him back outside and shut the door again. However, when the third started to occur I began to lose my patience a little. Before getting dogs, my house had been my pride and joy and, in particular, my spare bedroom which is decorated in a 'shabby chic' style with cherry blossoms and varnished wooden floorboards. You can imagine my glee when, at 7:00 in the morning, I had to make time to clean toilet visits up from around my solid wood 'Romance' bed. I could have cried!
What is most frustrating about this is that, when Caesar sleeps in our room, he shows no desire what so ever to go to the toilet. So, I can only conclude that he somehow seeking revenge on me by doing his business in my beautiful spare bedroom!
'You don't need your legs when you're sleeping so what's the problem?!'
Caesar looking really happy about sleeping in a dog bed!
Last week, though, I had a very stressful week. Each night, I came home from work feeling exhausted and my own bed times were getting earlier. I'd find myself sleeping for almost twelve hours and still feeling exhausted in the morning. One, particularly long day, I headed up for bed with Caesar by my side. I didn't feel my head hit the pillow and when I woke up in the morning, there was a heavy feeling on my legs...it was Caesar.
Since then, he has refused to get down off the bed. Maybe it's not that bad, I thought. Perhaps my life would just be easier if I let him stay there and stopped trying to fight him away. I was pretty convinced of that until I walk up at 4 this morning with him standing on my head!
Caesar and I would like to thank all of our lovely readers and those of you that have donated to his excellent rescue centre, SARA. We know there are lots of little centres that work hard to ensure dogs are cared for and loved in the most difficult weeks/months/years of their lives. This is the final week of donations from the advent calendar project. So, if you would like to make a small donation to a really worthy cause, then please follow the link below.