Thursday, February 23, 2006

Just another day in Pugsville, USA!


The sleeping arrangements in my home are not at all complicated; one double bed accomodating one adult male and two pugs.

For years, it's been understood that the males in the household, (Muggs and I) sleep on the right hand side of the bed (Muggs at my feet), occupying one-third of the space.

The female in the family (Daisy) occupies the other two-thirds of the bed (said space consisting of the PUG and a varied assortment toys she chooses to take to bed with her).

We apparently do not adapt well to change.

Last night for some strange reason (testing the waters?) Muggs settle in at the foot of Daisy's side of the bed and was already asleep when Daisy and I sauntered into the bedroom. I got into bed and after a few minutes, I realized that Daisy was still sitting on the floor. After much coaxing, Daisy finally jumped into bed and within minutes, began to have an anxiety attack from hell. Deep labored breathing, tongue hanging out of her mouth, drooling so extensive that large wet spots were forming on the sheets......

In a panic and not fully understanding what was going on, I sat up and held her in my arms trying to calm her down which only made it worse. I was ready to call and take her to the emergency animal hospital (it's now 1:15 AM) when I remembered having been given a liquid tranquilizer by her vet to calm her down before she goes to the groomer. I filled a tablespoon full, opened her mouth and poured the liquid down her throat.

After about 15 minutes, she finally calmed down. I carried her back into the bedroom where Muggs was still asleep on her side of the bed. When Daisy saw that he was still there, I could feel her body tensing and realized that this had been the cause of the anxiety attack.

I moved Muggs back to "our" third of the bed where he immediately went back to sleep, placed Daisy on her pillow, where finally exhausted, she dropped down and fell asleep.

I on the other hand, was awake with worry all night.


CrackerLilo said...


Come back to my blog. Read about the "Subway credit card" fight. (Second paragraph down.) You'll give those pugs an extra hug. :-)

sttropezbutler said...

Oh My.


Glad you figured it out!

BostonPobble said...

The rule in my house is that all creatures with opposable thumbs get to settle into bed first. I have made it very clear that until one of them magically develops said opposable thumbs, they have to let me at least Start in the middle of the bed. By morning, we are very much as you describe, however. I'm glad Daisy was okay, though!