I decided to crosspost this from my own journal because I like this community, and don't want to see it abandoned.
My mind sometimes uses a creative way to wake me from a sound sleep. On days when I need
to get up at a specific time, (or sometimes even when I just have a full bladder) my mind will insert a sound into my dreams that will arouse me to an awake state. Usually it is the sound of the doorbell or telephone ringing. It can seem VERY real in my dreams. I have woken up this way, and actually answered the phone, thinking it was ringing
!!! This morning, my mind created the sound of Adam barking at me in his 'I want to go out' voice. ~That did the job! I got up to find Adam sound asleep.
I thought I would share a few more Adam stories.
This is Adam playing 'keep away' with my hammer a few years ago.
This morning, I was sitting at the computer and Mark was watching TV in his room. I yelled over to him: "Hey, isn't the Superbowl on tomorrow?" As soon as I said that, Adam came tearing into the room and jumped up on me, all excited. At first I couldn't understand why Adam would be so excited, ...it's not as if he is a football fan. LOL
Then it occurred to me, it was the word 'bowl' that got him all excited. He probably thought he was going to get fed!!
Adam LOVES his stainless steel food bowl. If we leave it on the floor after he eats, he will carry it around from room to room, or play with it, batting it around with his paws. The racket is usually enough that we have to take it away from him until his next meal.
If we don't take it away, sooner or later something else distracts him, and he leaves his bowl lying somewhere in the house or yard. Then, when dinner time comes, I have to say to him: "Adam, where's your bowl?" or "Adam, go get your bowl." He then goes running around looking for it, and brings it to me so he can get fed.
Like most Labs, Adam is obsessed with food. His favorite is dog biscuits, which he knows as 'cookies.' You can not say the word 'cookie' around Adam without him getting all excited. For years, I have kept the cookies in a green enamelware pot on top of the stove
, where it is well out of his reach. Over the years he has developed a routine where he gets my attention, lures me into the kitchen (sometimes on the pretext of needing to go out), then looks back and forth between me and the green pot on the stove, excitedly barking until I give him a cookie.
Last Winter when we were renovating the kitchen, we had to move everything out into the dining room to install a new vinyl floor. Once the new floor was installed, before we could move the stove or anything else back in, Adam did his usual routine of luring me into the kitchen. I played along. He excitedly went to a spot in front of where the stove used to sit, and looked up to the spot where the cookie pot would usually be. He then did his routine, looking back and forth between me and the imaginary cookie pot, barking!!
I went to the dining room and got him some cookies.