Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Odd dog

(This post will make most sense to those who have met my dog in his natural habitat, our living room. He's not at all a standard dog. Imagine a cat brain inserted into a dog body and wrapped in an Alvy Singer personality.)

As is happening far too often lately, I was up very late last night. I work best in the mornings and going to bed at 2:00 or 3:00 cuts into my productive hours, which are not merely pushed back to later if I wake up past them.

Regardless, through the evening, Crash (the dog) was acting even more noodgy than usual. He demanded petting with an insistence that bordered on affectionate. He made working on the laptop impossible. Even my growling at him, which usually gets the message across and sends him under his table, didn't faze him.

Thinking that his perseverance indicated that he had to pee, I put him out in the yard, but he kept at it after he got back inside.

Here's the bizarre part: Crash actually climbed onto the couch to snuggle.

(Note to those who don't know Crash. He never climbs onto furniture, only under it. Never. And he never snuggles. Never ever.)

He rested his head on my chest, or under my arm, or into my back, and he even put his nose on my cheek. (Another note: this dog has never licked anyone. Ever.)

When I finally went to bed, the dog followed, which was rare in that he's usually already in our bedroom asleep with Elvi by that time. For some reason, he was staying with me all night. He tried to find room in our bed (which is low to the floor, futon style) instead of curling up next to it. That's something he does when he's scared by weather, but last night was calm.

This morning, Crash has kept following me. He does that normally, but he's sticking extra close. He even followed me into the bathroom.

That's not all that's odd. Crash's ingenious biological clock has decided that -12-degree weather is the perfect time to shed his winter undercoat.

What's up with him? Is he sick? Afraid of something? Does he smell that I'm sick? I don't think he's finally breaking out of his neurosis....

Bonus plan for later today:

Today is team photo day at hockey practice. Let's keep fingers crossed that it turns out better than it did for this team:


Blogger Naila J. said...

Very intriguing indeed...
Are you sure he isn't feeling insecure about something? Was he left alone for a long time recently?

January 22, 2008 11:38 AM  
Blogger jimhenshaw said...

Y'know, a couple of months ago, there were these articles about a cat at an old folks home that would show sudden affection for people about to kick the bucket.

Given Crash's actions, I give you 24 - 48 hours. If you make it past then, it's probably something else.

Although, one month after the winter solstice is also the most psychological depressing day of the year and also fell on a full moon this year, so maybe he was feeling bummed and needs to be reminded Spring will eventually get here.

January 22, 2008 10:26 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home