Four AM Wake-Up Call

There are certain noises that can wake you up at night and you’re instantly fully awake and alert. It could be something dangerous like someone breaking into your house or a gunshot. It could be a natural occurrence such as thunder or an earthquake. For some people it’s the tiniest sound made by a baby. For people with pets, it’s the lovely 4:00 AM sound of an animal regurgitating.


Yes, it was around four o’clock this morning when I practically flew out of bed, hoping to keep A.J. from barfing all over the carpet. I was lucky and was able to drag his bed right in front of him just as everything came up. I then grabbed a blanket, wrapped myself up, and hurried A.J. outside in case he wasn’t done yet. There must have been a cat in the yard earlier because he started running around growling. (Thankfully he didn’t start barking.) After a few minutes he went potty and we came back in.


I cleaned off A.J.’s bed and discovered what had made him sick. It seems that on our walk last night he decided a big hunk of plastic was something that needed to be eaten. He was wrong, and the plastic was now lying on his bed. After cleaning it up I took the cover off the bed, wrapped the bed in an old blanket, and we all settled back in for a few more hours of sleep.


This morning A.J. is doing well. With all that plastic gone he was ready for a full breakfast. Soon we’ll go out for our morning walk. It would be nice if A.J. would learn a lesson from this but … he’s a dog.


A.J.’s First Christmas

December 26, 2013

Yesterday was A.J.’s first Christmas with us, and he made the most of it. His morning started as it always does: going out early, coming in and sleeping for a little while, waking me up again, getting his breakfast. He went in and out while we waited for Dylan, my adult step-son who was visiting for the holidays, to get up.

A.J. got pretty interested when we started opening presents, so I gave him one of his. That kept him busy while we got about halfway through ours. When he got curious again I opened another present for him, and he stayed busy the rest of the time we were opening gifts.

When we were done, Continue reading “A.J.’s First Christmas”

A.J. Growls for Attention

August 15, 2013

A.J. barfed up his entire breakfast again this morning.

Today A.J. growled at me. I had been gone for several hours that morning, so he was a little amped up to see me when I got home. Instead of immediately going and playing with A.J. I went into Greg’s office to talk to Greg for a little while. I had been petting A.J., but he started pawing at me and getting really demanding, so I ignored him. I was just sitting there as Greg was telling me about work when A.J. sat down right in front of me and growled right at me. Continue reading “A.J. Growls for Attention”

Our First Thunderstorm

August 13, 2013

We had a little bit of a thunderstorm around 3 AM. A.J. did great. He woke me up, but I got up, petted him for a few minutes, went back to bed and we all slept through the rest of the storm. He insisted on getting up at 6:30 again. I was tired, so I just let him out and went back to bed until a little after 7:00. He was fine out there on his own.

When we got back from our morning walk I played with him in the house for a little while, since he can’t get all his exercise outside with his foot still all oozy. Continue reading “Our First Thunderstorm”