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12/01/2006 Archived Entry: "Robbie the hero?"

NOW THAT WAS COOL. My dog Robbie (aka "The Dominator") has taken to rousing me routinely at 2:30 a.m. He's allowed on the bed only between the time I wake up and the time I finish my morning tea. So he figures if he can wake me up hours earlier than usual he can earn himself a longer snuggle. If loudly shaking himself and pacing around the room doesn't do the job, he sits next to my pillow and stares at me until his gaze drills holes through my sleeping skull.

I've had some serious talks with him about this habit, and he's gradually learning it won't get him anywhere.

So when he did it this morning, I was grumbly and growly. Then in rapid succession, my inner clock told me it wasn't 2:30 (it was 4:15), and my nose told me something was burning. The air in Cabin Sweet Cabin was acrid and not so sweet.

Turned out the fan on my main wall heater had quit and with the heat not dissipating the unit was frying. Dunno whether the heater would simply have burned itself to death and quit or whether it would have kept overheating until it set the wall on fire. But this time Robbie got his desired reward.

Glad to finally discover that one of my dogs is good for something other than soaking up food, love, and porcupine quills.

Posted by Claire @ 12:49 PM CST

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