Brian is working out in North Platte this week and the dogs and I are on our own. Usually they will sleep through the night for me, although they RARELY offer him that luxury. Last night they decided to push the envelope. At 2:30 Cache woke up and barked for 10 minutes at FULL VOLUME - so we all got up, both dogs went out for a potty break and we marched straight back to bed. No discussion.
At 4 Roo Roo woke up and started whining at full volume then proceeded to throw every single toy and treat out of his kennel in a show of protest. At 4:30 we all got out of bed and went outside. When we came back in we tried chew time but instead Roo Roo decided he would rather bite holes in my socks while I got ready for work. The dogs went back outside while I packed my lunch and Roo Roo practiced his middle of the night howling and barking and refused to come in the house. At 5:30 both dogs went into their kennels with treats and started barking all over again. I hope it was hot enough that everyone has their air on like we do so they didn't wake up the whole neighborhood. Tonight we're going to play outside, and we'll see if my knee is strong enough for a walk to give them some sniffing time. We will have to break the middle of the night socialization and investigation habits so that we can all survive!