Jennifer Lyon

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
Quirky Maggie Wednesday

Maggie is developing some interesting quirks.

So now at night, I suddenly feel the bed shake, open my eyes to see two little paws and two eyes staring at me.

The first time this happened, I figured she had to go outside, and took her to the door. She declined and wanted to wake up Wizard. I told her to no and to go back to bed, so she did. I didn’t hear anything else from her that night.

The next night, she did it again. Standing at the edge of the bed so I can only see her two paws and eyes staring at me. And I swear I could hear her whisper, “Mom, is it time to get up? Is it? Huh? Can we get up?”

So of course I answered her (or I answered the voice in my head, it’s hard to tell the difference in the middle of the night, LOL), “Go back to bed.”

“Okay,” (again that might be one of the voices in my head I’m hearing and not Maggie actually talking) and she sinks down out of view like she’s melting and goes to sleep. I don’t hear anything out of her until morning.

She’s repeated this every night for a week or so now. She doesn’t seem upset, agitated or appear to needs anything. Maybe she’s just checking in, or maybe I’m talking in my sleep and she’s checking on me? I don’t know. It’s not bothering me since she goes back to her bed and seems to go to sleep. In the room, Maggie has a dog bed with a blanket and another spot for her beloved comforter. She goes to sleep in the dog bed, and when I get up, she’s in the comforter. It’s the same routine each night. I’ve learned not to ask why with Maggie, she’s just special :-). Part of me really does think she’s just getting older and a bit more quirky. She’s a little more tired these days, but still does zoomies and walks around 10 miles a week with me. Her appetite is good and I’m not seeing a sudden escalation in separation anxiety or anything else concerning.

She’s just a funny little dog.

Here she is working hard while I’m in the office writing the blog:

How’s your week going?

4 comments to “Quirky Maggie Wednesday”

  1. Silver James
    August 23rd, 2023 at 12:28 pm · Link

    Ah, yes. The peek-a-boo-I-see-you game. Boone used to do that. I’d feel a huff of air on my arm and I’d open my eyes, roll over and come nose to nose with him. He’d be standing by the bed, whole head on the mattress so he could reach me to either breath, nose, or lick. Jake will occasionally swing by–usually just as I’m drifting off and he’ll sit there, which puts his head above the bed and stare at me until I say something. Occasionally he wants out but usually, he either wants pets or Pop (aka LG) forgot to give him his big night-night treat. Pete will come over and touch my arm with his paw (he’s already on the bed because yeah we’ve always allowed pets and kids on the bed) but that’s because he thinks it’s time for me to get up (usually about 4:30 and then again about 5:30).

    Also, dogs and cats ARE telepathic so that probably is Maggie’s voice in your head. Just sayin’…🤣🤣🤣 She’s such a sweet girl she’s probably just checking up on you to make sure that you’re sleeping soundly. ;)

  2. Viki S.
    August 23rd, 2023 at 3:00 pm · Link

    OMG I love that photo of Maggie.

    My guess is she’s waking up and checking to make sure you are okay. She goes back to sleep and hopefully so do you.

    Reading the “nighttime rituals of Maggie,” I remembered how A would just stand at the foot of my bed looking at me and not saying a word. Talk about creepy. He only did this when he was sick. So I think Maggie is just checking to make sure her mom is okay.

    A & A have their new kitty. He’s three legged and they named him Fig. I don’t know what it is about these two that they name all their fur babies after food – go figure. He’s slowly adjusting to his forever home. It looks like it will be a good fit.

    Have a fantastic afternoon!

  3. Jenn
    August 23rd, 2023 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Silver, dang I laughed at the peek a boo I see you game! Sounds like Maggie. I’m finding most of her stuff amusing these days. Your animals are always entertaining too :-) I do hope I don’t miss if Maggie does tell me she has to go outside. In the day, she sits at the door when she quietly wants to go out. I didn’t train that behavior and just accepted it as her alert to go outside, but now I realize I should have taught her a verbal alert so I’d hear it in the night.

    By the way, I have no problem with animals on the bed! I’d happy sleep with my grand dogs if I spent the night at my kids house without Wizard. We just chose not to go that way with Maggie for reasons that made sense to us. But whatever works for each family is fine with me.

    I can accept dogs and cats being telepathic! I’m pretty convinced they are smarter than humans in general, so yeah, telepathic checks out for me!

  4. Jenn
    August 23rd, 2023 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks! I had to go into super stealth Ninja mode to get that shot without her waking up.

    I go back to sleep most of the time, and try not to worry about it one way or another. Maggie seems to go to sleep to, so you’re probably right, she’s just checking in.

    Isn’t that weird when you wake to a kid staring at you? I don’t know why they don’t say something. My middle one would do that about an hour before our normal time to get up. Wizard would scoop him up, put him in bed with me (or us if it was a weekend) and he’d go right back to sleep. But it’s startling to wake up to one of them staring silently at us! The other two did the whole, “Mom, mom, mom,” thing until i answered.

    Fig is a cute name! I bet the cat is going to love his new home so much. Hopefully he’s living his best life on three legs like most cats seem too.

    Hope you’re having a good day!

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