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A Ghost Dog?

About once every month, our Golden Retriever has a night where she just can’t sleep and appears to be stressed out.  Usually what happens is we go to bed, then a few hours later, she is scratching at our door urgently. We take her out, tell her to go to sleep and see what happens.  Usually she wonders around the house making a bunch of noise on the hardwood floors, wondering from each door to our bedroom.  We have two, so she paces back and forth.  Then she urgently scratches on our door again.

Usually by now we are both awake, and I take her out and walk her for what seems like an hour, but is probably more like 10 minutes.   Then she seems to be calmer, but it never fails, 5 or 10 minutes go by, then another urgent scratch scratch.  By now we have no choice but to bring her into the room with us.  She is loud sleeper, so this is our last resort.

This whole pattern happened again last night.  We don’t know what it is that freaks her out, but apparently she just needed to be near us.  We are left wondering if there is a ghost dog terrorizing her in the middle of the night.   She is a 10 year old dog, who has never slept in our room, so it’s not like we are breaking a habit.

What to do?

Greg says I can have a puppy if I really want one. He knows how to handle me. The joke is on me isn’t it? I told him, you girls said if I wanted a puppy I would win. He is just a big softy after all. Our friends Pat and Brenda have two Shih Tzus, that we feel in love with. Such sweet dogs. He agreed with me and told me if it was something I really wanted he was fine with it. Now I have to decide if this is something I really want.

I was looking at the rescues and trying to decide if I should get a puppy or a rescue (where I found someone giving away their six year old Golden Retriever, I actually cried when I read it). Greg says we should get a puppy from a breeder. Expensive, I know. Disney is a pure breed Golden Retriever. Although she ate her papers when she was a puppy, so she isn’t registered. Though we don’t care about that. What we care about is that she is part of our family. We could care less if she has papers. So here I was wondering why we needed one from a breeder.

Greg says it is because we want to make sure we get a puppy that is healthy and gets socialized correctly. I can agree with that. We don’t want a puppy mill puppy. So I found a breeder about 30 miles from here, that has some gorgeous Shih Tzus….to the tune of $900 for a female. Oh man. That is expensive. I really think I want a female. Though I have never had a male dog, so I am not sure. Disney gets along with most all dogs, so I am not too worried about that. I know they say if you have a female you should get a male and vise vera, but girls just seem to be more laid back.

Lisa’s pup Nash seems to be laid back, maybe I should think about it and start saving….

Here is a pic of my baby Disney, isn’t she sweet?

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