For Mother’s Day weekend, we’re suggesting that finding the right sleeping position is important to your daily productivity. We’ll note, of course, that a great many mothers don’t have time to find a way to take over a bed the way Karma the Cocker Spaniel owns this one!
For generations, Moms have been extraordinarily productive -- they learned to sleep on their feet or grab a power nap while waiting in the car for the kids at school. Sometimes they find a way to nod off at their desks in the offices they run or in the corporations they lead. Mother’s work is never done.
So, we’ll dedicate this edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap to all the
Moms and all the animals -- and all the insomniacs, too.
Our thanks to Michael Johnson and Diane Casablanco-Johnson of Krugerville for the Karma and The Family story! “Karma was adopted from DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue about nine years ago,” Diane says. “She is a retired Therapy Dog. She visited a behavioral hospital once a week and also visited hospice patients. She took her job very seriously and put a smile on many faces. She only has one eye but that doesn’t slow her down at all. Since her retirement, she has put on a little weight and naps at her leisure.”
Karma’s eye? Diane says, “We are not sure what happened to her eye. She was in the shelter that way. But whoever had her, had it taken care of. It is not a botched job. We think she is nine or 10.”
They have three other dogs (count 'em squeezed into that bed!) and a cat, Inky, about 13, adopted from the no-kill shelter Dog & Kitty City, run by the Humane Society of Dallas County.
Diane says Inky “reluctantly shares his home with four dogs. ... Even though he is an old man, he gets much enjoyment harassing the dogs. Most of his interest is in the puppy. [That's Mags, flopped over and enjoying a chew stick.] They chase each other from one end of the house to the other. When he is finished he gives a slap on her ear -- he usually gets his claw stuck in the fur. When this happens he is at a loss of what to do. So we free his claws from her fur. He then prances off as only cats can do. He tolerates his humans.” [LARRY ASIDE: That second Inky photo demonstrates how the human may tolerate the cat, too!]
The other dogs include two from DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue and a rescued terrier mix. They are Cocker Spaniel Brown Dog, 13, (right) and Cocker Mix Mags, 5 months. The other dog is Pixie, a 5- or 6-year-old terrier mix. (In the two couch photos below.)
Think two people have “fostering hearts?” Here’s what Diane says: “We have fostered with Cocker Rescue for 20+ years. About the last seven years, we have been taking the seniors. They have a special place in my heart.”
Where do the critters sleep? Inky catnaps wherever, obviously.
Karma, Diane says, “prefers her own bed at night although she is welcome on our bed. Our senior, Brown Dog, sleeps in her own bed but the other two sleep with us."
Brown Dog? Ah, Diane explained, “Brown Dog is the only brown dog in the house hence the name Brown Dog. ... We adopted her from DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue last year. We adopt the senior dogs so they can enjoy their golden years. She can’t hear or see very well but has learned some sign language. She is never far from me and flops down wherever I am. Her favorite thing to do is try to catch the squirrels who enter her yard.”
And, yes, rescued dogs and cats can own your hearts, your bed, your couch, your yard -- you won’t mind. In fact, you’ll enjoy the happiness.
[FYI: DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue has adoptables and you can see them and ask about them at dfwcockerrescue.org. You can also sign up to play in the DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue Sixth Annual Dogleg Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook Golf Course. And if you don’t play golf, sign up to foster! If you do play golf, sign up to foster anyway -- it'll help you forget about the slices, the weak putting and the splash a ball makes when it hits a water hazard.]
[WE HAVE SOME MORE GREAT PHOTOS coming up for Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. We’d like to have some more slumbering cats, too. Send pictures of your snoozing dogs and cats and “others” to email@example.com, our business email address. Include info about the critters and we’ll post a story that honors the relationships between “companion animals” and their humans. Remember, your animal’s photo will inspire others to adopt and -- this is true -- inspire insomniacs to believe that we, too, can get some restful sleep if we can just find the right place to sprawl or curl up. Conquering insomnia -- it’s all experimental.]
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