Thursday, October 24, 2013

NORMAN'S SILLY HABIT

Norman has a funny habit. But I find it very endearing. He is allowed on the bed. He has always been allowed on the bed. He sleeps on it all night and he naps on it during the day.


But every night he will not get on the bed until I am on it.


He gets on and off it during the day, with or without me around. But at night, he waits. He watches me as I wash up and he lies down on the floor as if I've given him a command to do so.


He won't get on the bed even if I pat the bed and say, "Come 'on, good boy!" He stands there and he wags his tail and sometimes he even whines and rests his chin on the bed but he won't get on it.


He won't get on it even as he watches Kaya jump up and make herself comfortable.


He clearly wants to. He earnestly looks at me with big eyes and then he looks at the bed. I tell him it's okay but he always lies down down on the floor instead. The oddest thing is that I've never taught him not to go on the bed. Not when he was a little puppy and we were sleeping on an airbed and not when we were sleeping on the futon and not when we have slept at my mom's house and not when I got my new bed in this house. I'm fairly strict about a lot of things but they've always been allowed on furniture and don't need to ask for permission so it baffles me why just at bedtime, he waits for me.


But it is so darn cute. Even if I go up and down the stairs to get things or hang out upstairs for another 10, 20 minutes, he lies on the floor by the bed and he waits for me to come back. Then when I finally get into bed, he happily leaps onto the bed, he gives me a bunch of kisses and plops down and goes to sleep.


Does anyone else have a dog with an odd behavior like this?

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12 comments:

  1. Oh Norman, you're such a cutie. That's so sweet! Del is allowed on our bed too, but he's really not as polite as Norman. He'll sense when I'm getting ready to go to bed and get himself the best spot. Also, if I get up in the night for a few minutes he'll sneak into my warm spot, leaving no room for me! I wish he had the same etiquette as Norman... :)

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    1. Ha! Oh, he does sometimes pick the "worst" spot and I can't get him to move once he's down so I have to shimmy him over to a new location:)

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  2. How funny! Our dogs definitely have no qualms about jumping up and making themselves comfortable.

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    1. Well, that would be Kaya. I found her nestled into 3 loads of clean laundry I left on the bed last night, half of which was dispersed onto the floor:/

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  3. That is so sweet and funny! Cocco would be waiting under our covers if only he could get up there :-)

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  4. I know you know it but I'll tell you anyway. There is something special about your babies but especially Norman. I'm in the Midwest and you should be happy I'm so far away from you, I feel certain that Norman would be the perfect fit for my family and I might steal him from you given the chance :) <3

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    1. Haha, everyone in my family wants to steal him too:)

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  5. Maybe he just wants to cuddle :) Sleeping on the bed during the day may not be the same as cuddling at night? :)

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    1. Who knows?! Maybe he just wants to make sure I am actually going to bed. If not, he might want to save his energy to return to the couch:)

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  6. That's interesting... maybe he's waiting for you to get in bed first so you can get comfortable and then he'll jump up and get comfy himself?

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