Let’s be honest. Roxy runs the house. She is always “on-guard.” Before we go to bed each night, Roxy does a “perimeter search” to make sure that the house is safe. This must be done only after everyone is in bed. If we are sitting on the back porch, she routinely wants to go inside, just to have a quick look around to make sure everything is safe. Sydney has never once in her life asked to go out because Roxy always asked for them both. And so, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Roxy is on a schedule.
(here are all the puppies with Roxy in black on the far right)
I had been noticing for a while that Roxy wanted to go outside one last time each night around 7:30. I mentioned it to Evan just because I thought it was funny that she seemed to be on a schedule. She goes out at 7:30 and then comes in and wants to burrow under a blanket for the night.
One night last week Roxy, who had been peacefully asleep on the couch for about 30 minutes, woke up and asked to go out. As I was saying, “I bet it’s close to 7:30,” the clock chimed. It was indeed 7:30 on the dot. Her internal clock is pretty amazing!
The downside to a dog who runs the house like we are in the military is that her internal clock works just as well in the morning, and so there is no sleeping in around here. I wouldn’t trade her for the world. Though she is small and often mistaken as a lap dog, I know she helps keep us safe. She makes sure there is nothing amiss around the house. What more could I ask for?