Wake Up, You Sleepy Head!

I can ask either of the bipeds for anything I need, but when they’re both around I have my preferences for different things. If I’m feeling unwell then the female biped is my first choice. I also tell her if I’m concerned about one of the cats, or if someone needs to clean up after them – I think she really appreciates that! I’ll go the male biped if I want a boisterous game in the garden. He’s also my first choice when there’s something unusual that I think could be dangerous and needs checking out.

At night, I like to sleep by the front door because I can easily keep an eye on the whole house from there and make sure everyone is safe. The bipeds usually leave most of the doors open, but I can easily open a door if I need to. They close their bedroom door as they don’t like the cats in the bedroom at night. They say the cats pad about too much and keep them awake.

I don’t often disturb the bipeds at night, I only wake them if it’s something important. I open the bedroom door and go in quietly. I usually wake the female biped. I go to the side of the bed and put my face close to hers. She generally wakes straightaway, pats my neck, and gets up and follows me. I then tell her if I need to go out, or perhaps I show her that one of the cats has been sick. She deals with whatever it is and goes back to bed.

Sleeping cartoon figure

One night recently I needed her to let me out, but I had difficulty waking her. I had to nudge her face with my nose before she started to wake up and then she rolled over away from me! The male biped woke up and wanted to know what was going on.

She said, “Clowie wants something. Could you go?”

He said, “She chose you, otherwise I would!”

The female biped groaned and got up and followed me. She let me out, waited for me to come back in and then went back to bed.

A couple of nights later I was concerned as there were some very strange noises outside, so I went into the bedroom and went to the male biped. I nudged his face with my nose. He snored a bit louder. I nudged him again. He groaned and moved about which woke the female biped up.

She asked him what he was doing.

He replied, “Clowie’s here! Would you see what she wants?”

The female biped said, “I’d love to, but she chose you! It’s probably a security issue – you’re her deputy.”

He said, “Hilarious! But I suppose I asked for that.”

He got out of bed and followed me. He checked the garden with me and listened and he told me there was nothing to worry about. That was because we’d scared it away! We went back indoors and he told me to go to sleep and he went back to bed.

Ever since then they’ve been joking about whose turn it is to get up in the night, as though I wake them all the time! It just happened to be twice in one week. I often go months and months without waking either of them! And my presence means it’s safe for them to sleep soundly. You’d think they’d show more appreciation, but that’s bipeds for you!

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Humans: we’re never satisfied. Choppy knows this well.
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  2. This biped feels very sleepy as well this morning Clowie but knows deep down that your bipeds really appreciate you looking after them even if they don’t always show they do in the early hours of the morning! Happy #woofwoofwednesday ! 🙂

    • I hope you’re feeling a bit more awake now. I suppose I shouldn’t really expect bipeds to wake up and leap into action like I can! Enjoy #woofwoofwednesday!

  3. Love to hear that you choose your bipeds according to your needs!
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  4. You’re such a smart security system, C. Your bipeds know you well. Around here, I am the one sleeping soundly. Mom says all day, I act like a drunk 2-year old, so at night, I’m too exhausted to care about anything.

    Love and licks,
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  5. hahahaha that’s great to read about the night patrols in your house. I mostly pick my dad for a night patrol and he is always super happy to go out with me… and sometimes I wait till he goes downstairs with me and then I run back and park my butt in his bed while he waits in the back door for me :o)
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  6. Katie always slept against the front door and always downstairs so she could keep an eye on what was going on while we slept upstairs. These days, she still keeps an eye out, but she doesn’t sleep at the door anymore. We think it isn’t comfortable enough for her. You are a good guard dog. Katie never woke Mom up personally, she would just bark or growl if she sensed danger.
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    • It’s important to choose a good spot to keep an eye on the household at night. Katie and I seem to agree on all the important things!

  7. Humans do not always appreciate their doggie’s help. lol
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  8. Clowie the furever watchdog sharing the duties equally. 😉 Clever of her. Wag wag and have a grrrrrreat week ya’ll.
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  9. hahahaha!!!! Clowie you are hilarious!
    My huskies like to nudge my face when they need something while i’m sleeping – never the mans face….never! SO not fair!
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  10. Since Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley sleep in their crates, it is a little more difficult for them to politely wake me up when any of the urgent issues you have metnioned arise. I am a light sleeper, though, so I often wake up to someone’s intense stare! Brychwyn is the cat keeper, Wilhelm is the watch dog and Huxley most often forgot to finish his business when he went into the garden before bedtime!

    • It is amazing how a stare can wake someone! I’m glad one of your gang has taken on the task of keeping an eye on the cats – I don’t know how ours would manage without my help. I expect Huxley has other stuff to do when he goes outside – things like checking interesting smells.

  11. Haha…I go to mom or dad for different things too 🙂
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  12. Good for you being the grand protectress of your bipeds! Better to be safe than sorry I say – if you wake them up and there’s no reason to be seen WHY, so what – tell them it was just a “practice drill” !!!! Tee Hee

    Hugs, Sammy
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    • Thank you, Sammy. That’s an excellent idea about the drill. In fact, it would be a good idea to have a few drills, they’re often slow to get moving!

  13. This makes sense!!

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  14. Good thinking Clowie, I choose my bipeds the same way. The male biped to get rough and the female to be taken care of. ~Jade
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  15. Th r upstairs is off limits to Mica and Aspen, only Minx the cat comes upstairs. For this reason they cannot nudge me to go out, etc. If there is a problem like needing to go out, or someone is sick, or something is wrong Mica will give a short quiet wolf knowing I will hear it and come to see what needs to be done. This way she only w asked one person. If something is serious she will go into full bark and we both come down. When I had my Tyler, he always came up and just nosed my face 🙂
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    • It sounds like Mica has things figured out. I think my biped wondered what it was the first time I nosed her face, but she seems to have grown used to it now!

  16. So if you can open their bedroom door, can you open the door to go outside? That sounds like a neat trick!
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    • I can open the back door, but they don’t seem to like that. After I opened it for myself, they started keeping the key in it and locking it all the time! I haven’t figured out how to grip a key to turn it yet.

  17. They are so very lucky to have you. I wonder if they would loan you out, it would be nice to know I had someone keeping watch if anything was to happen. At the moment it’s just me and Poppy and I don’t know how much help she would be!
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    • I remember reading a story about a rabbit that attacked visitors, but I think that is rather unusual! Poppy probably wouldn’t be much help. I would like to help you, but I don’t think my bipeds could cope if I was away for long!

  18. LOL! Clowie you are a funny girl! Funny, but very smart.

  19. Oh, yes, it can be difficult to wake us humans from a good sleep! And it’s hard to appreciate the one doing it at first—even if it’s for important reasons like you have. But I bet your bipeds feel very safe knowing that you’re on guard duty for them and the cats. 🙂
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    • It’s strange how sluggish humans are when they wake up – I’m usually alert and ready for action straightaway! I think the bipeds do feel safe knowing I’m keeping an eye, and ear, open at all times.

  20. You funny girl! It’s nice of you to try not to wake them in the night. My Isis nudged me with her nose almost every night. Mia lets us know with a little squeak or whistle. Sometimes I ask Rob if he’ll take her out, but she won’t go unless I get up with her!
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  21. LOL At our house it is always the female (me) who is woken!
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  22. You’re doing a great job, keeping your bipeds safe, Clowie. 🙂
    Glad you don’t have to wake them up too often though. They’d be pretty grumpy if you did.
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    • Thank you, it’s important to keep them safe. I think they would get grumpy if I woke them very often, but if one of them gets up in the night I’m always willing to keep them company.

  23. I love this story…I think you have your bipeds figured out quite well, Clowie, and you do a great job of keeping an eye on things.
    Our little beagle occasionally has to have a pee break in the night. Usually the Dad takes her out, because he’s a great sleeper and can go back to sleep. If I get up with her, I’m awake for at least an hour. But sometimes she can’t rouse him, but she knows if she comes and touches me, that I will get HIM up to take her out!
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  24. I only wake mummy at night. Daddy won’t get up with me, he pretends to be asleep lol
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  25. Aurora Jean Alexander

    You are an excellent guardian Clowie. And I’m sure your bipeds appreciate it. I love the story though. 😉 Well done!

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