It Happened Last Night

Yesterday afternoon the dogs caught me. Caught me wrapping up their Christmas toys! Dogs don’t miss anything! A simple crinkle noise from a package, sends them running to investigate. I sat on the rug in the living room wrapping up each new squeaky toy, rope pull, and stuffies, while they hoovered over my back the entire time. I was caught, but I continued to wrap!


But I made a mistake. When wrapping up a larger stuffie, I pushed down on it while wrapping and it “oinked”! “OMG” I thought and I turned around to look at Nikita and Bella and they were close to drooling! Their eyes were glazed over and the moved in to sniff the wrapping paper. I can’t believe that stuffie gave me away and squeaked on me! (darn stuffie)


I did not think much about the toys after I placed them in their Christmas stockings and a few under the tree. The dogs sniffed their stocking a few times then followed me into the kitchen where I continued on with my holiday baking, and was glad to know that I got everything all wrapped.


Then last night after dinner, Nikita went back into the living room and never left. She just sat there, in front of the tree and her pink Christmas stocking and looked at it. I watched her as she scooted closer and closer to her stocking. Then she laid down right in front of the tree and stayed there the entire night. We thought it was the cutest thing we have ever seen, a dog who was getting excited about Christmas presents. I went over to check on her and she looked up at me with those sad puppy eyes as if to say “can I have that thing that oinked?” What a sweet dog. I tried to explain to her that Christmas is not here yet, but all she did was look at me with that sad look on her face. All she wanted was that thing that oinked.


It was time for bed, and Nikita was still laying under the tree, where she had been laying for hours. I had to do something. I picked up their toys under the tree and removed the stockings hanging on our stocking holder and carried them into another room. Nikita followed. I gave Nikita a hug, kissed her on her nose, and told her it would be ok. She went into the kitchen and laid down.


I was just amazed on how persistent she was on keeping an eye on her presents under the tree, after one of them gave themself away by oinking. (darn piggie)


Christmas Came Early for a Good Dog

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!  Well in this case, yes Nikita, there is a Santa and he is named Daddy.  

Ever since we rescued Nikita over three years ago, she has been allowed on the furniture, well, one couch in particular and the bed at night.  During the day, she would lay by Mommy’s feet to stay close to her, on her couch, or her favorite corner in the kitchen under the window so she could see outside.  She really never showed much interest in napping anywhere else, until about a month ago.


Bella has her own little fluffy bed with a nice fluffy fleece blanket that Mommy always keeps nice and clean for her.  (I really think this dog loves the smell of the dryer sheets!)  Anyhow, this is where Bella always naps. On her bed. That is how it has always been…until recently.  


We noticed that Nikita had started to nap on Bella’s bed.  Whoa!  Now where am I supposed to nap?  This kept going on for awhile, and we decided it was time to get Nikita her own fluffy bed.  Not sure if it was because of the weather change here, the floor being cold, but Nikita loves the cold floor, or whatever the case may be, but we felt that she needed her own fluffy pad.  Unsure if she would actually nap on it once we got it, we went ahead and got one anyway.  


Well, her new fluffy bed arrived on Monday and she has not got off of it! The look on her face was priceless as she snuggled in her fluffy wool bed. She walked around in circles, sniffing every inch of that bed, then she curled up and went to sleep. It was safe, and it is “mine”!

Bella has her bed back and it is pretty safe to say that her bed will not be visited again by Nikita, and she can keep her own scent amongst the dryer sheet smell.