We have a puppy. A little dog who will never be much more than 10 or 11 pounds. She is a lot of fun – and to be sure, so much more than I ever thought possible because she seems so human. But I will never feel protection from her. Just a lot of love.
This is our 10 month old Bichon Frise named Daisy.
She is a wonderful dog. She likes to cuddle and play, be silly – and loves to make us laugh by dragging a shoe or slipper off and then turning to see our reaction. She is not destructive like I’ve heard so many breeds of dogs can be – especially when left alone for long periods of time. When we come home from being gone – nothing is disturbed – and we know she just runs upstairs to our bed and sleeps. She is gentle and LOVES people – sometimes too much and gets TOO excited when first greeting them, but then soon calms down and enjoys just being near anyone. She follows me everywhere – my little shadow, hanging on my every word.
But Daisy is NOT a watch dog. I’m glad I was somewhat prepared for this before deciding on the right breed for us. I wanted a companion dog – Greg works a lot at night and knew it would be important to have the right kind of dog to keep me company. And having a dog around I just knew I would be safer as the dog would alert me, bark or growl and scare away prowlers and the like – at least I thought.
However, Bichons are lovers not fighters. Alas – that sweet cottony white angel is too gently and timid to be much of a menacing presence to scare anyone. But they like to think they are. For example: she will be out in the yard playing, something will spook her, like the dogs barking next door and she will run in the doggie door and look through the french doors to the backyard and BARK AND BARK her head off. Even occasionally HOWL and GROWL with such LOUD DETERMINATION – all the while safe in her own home. It is quite humorous and this can go on for a very long time – until she feels the danger has passed – or that she has exerted herself for long enough to tell “them” a thing or two.
Unfortunately for me – she also feels the need to “alert” me – or “them” of her superiority in the “wee” hours while Greg is out and I am trying to sleep. It can be very alarming to be awakened out of a deep sleep with Daisy barking before even raising her head and then flying off the bed to tell “whomever’ or ‘whatever’ that she is the boss of this house. This behavior puts me in such a state of panic – I actually think there really is someone in the house – especially when she won’t stop growling standing firmly on the upstairs banister – staring straight down into the dark downstairs. Yikes. The first time it happened, several weeks ago, I was quite alarmed, thinking there really was someone in the house. I turned on my iPhone and called Greg. He said it was probably nothing – and sure enough – it was. It did freak me out a little though, if I’m honest. It does not happen every night – just enough to throw me off, keep me a little off-balance and really mess with me!
Last night it happened again. But by now I have realized what makes her jump thinking the neighbors have probably just come home and opened up their garage door, which sounds a great deal like ours when it opens. Daisy is waiting for “Daddy” to get home and is always sleeping with one eye open – waiting for that glorious moment when she can fly down the stairs to meet him :) We both know the real protector of our home –
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