Monday, December 13, 2010


Outside is a blustery and chilly day here in Veryork. It's freakishly warm in the high thirties. last night the temperature never dropped below 44, and I slept with a window open as the rain fell outside. It felt like April, not December. At some point in the night Gibson busted out of his crate (I have no idea how) and woke me with a wet nose and wagging tail on the edge of the bed. "Fine, darling," was all I said, half awake, and he jumped up next to me and curled up right near my chest, put a head on my shoulder, sighed, and fell promptly back to sleep. I placed a groggy hand on his head and told him he was a good boy. All was forgiven from Saturday's romp. He can't help himself. I can't help loving him.

I have never known a dog who needed to be close to me this much.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's the type of dog. My great-aunt has an Austrailian Cattle Dog, and she (the dog) needs to be close to people constantly! She loves people in all forms, and most people in all forms love her back.


December 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

You are the shepherd, the mom and his person all rolled into one! Of course, he wants to be near you. My Sheltie has to be in the same room as me, it's a sheepdog thing.

December 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Brace yourself Jenna- if you get weather-wise what we are getting now, you'll be wanting to cuddle with Gibson. It's below zero here with wind chills and we easily have a foot of snow, and it isn't stopping.

December 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger dk said...

It's just nature instinct for Gibson to want to be close to his master. My dad had several Border Collie's and they always stayed by his side.

December 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Perhaps Gibson appears a little needy of you because you've had Huskies. They just do not "need" people unless it is to hook them up to run with a sled behind them. If you let them off leash they would go off on an adventure without looking back. They just can't help themselves. Herding dogs on the other hand, need to be close to their pack leader. Gibson has figured out just how wonderfully close he can be. What a good boy. I think breaking out of kennels is one of those guy things. My male GSD does it too when he wants to be with me.

December 13, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger KellyV (Kelly the Fifth) said...

You're his whole world Miss Jenna. That is both the blessing and the burden of owning a dog. But SOOO! worth it.

December 13, 2010 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a weimaraner. They are known for being "velcro" dogs, love to be touching or nearby at all times. But oh my he's a rascal. They're also known for their "counter surfing". I have learned to keep nothing vaguely edible on the counters or else suffer the consequences. I've had flour and powder surgar strewn all across my house and have found him trying to look innocent with a plaster of white paste on his muzzle and chest. I've had care packages to my college son broken into and various dirty dishes from the sink pulled out (even a cast iron skillet once!) Silly dog. And I love him so. What are we going to do?

December 13, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Vizsla acts like your Weimaraner and is also called a Velcro dog for the same reason. Of course, they are distant cousins. Thankfully our other two dogs are too small to counter surf.

December 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that about vislas too-- and yes, I thought they were "related" as well. Too funny!! Maybe next time I should go for a smaller dog! ;)

December 13, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger sash said...

I just read that and had warm giggles! The best!

December 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

I don't think we could sleep without the dogs in the bed. Every night is a two-dog-night at our house. Our catahoula mix isn't very needy (less needy than our cat in fact), but my American Pit Bull / pointer mix is 60 lbs of industrial strength velcro. He needs to be in my lap, or under my chin, or behind my head, and can't sit at the end of the couch... He must be touching me. It can get a tad aggravating sometimes, especially when trying to work, but a cuddly snoring pup on a cold night can't be beat!

December 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...


December 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

What a sweet boy.

December 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My dogs slept with me last night,they are quite small and slept right at my tummy between my daughter and I. He sounds sweet:)

December 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Sassidy Sparks said...

I have 2 beagles,my older one is like your Gibson, wants to be near her people all the time, she doesn't have to touch, usually, but where ever you are she is too. Lucky our younger girl, is more what you think of in terms of hound. she loves people, but is just as happy going on her own adventures. We just had our first storm of the season and Lucky was all for running around outside in chest deep ( for a small beagle) snow and getting herself all worked up while Georgie does what she came out to do and then comes right back in. Wishing you loads of doggie cuddles during your upcoming blusters!

December 13, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

My husky BEGS to be outside all day long. At night, she sleeps on the floor beside our bed. Every morning (very early morning) my husband leaves for work. No sooner does his car door close, than Izzy is up in bed with me, sleeping on hubby's side of the bed. It went on for a looong time before he even knew about it. hee hee

December 14, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...


welcome to my world...4 dogs under the covers. i'm never cold.

December 14, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...


welcome to my world...4 dogs under the covers. i'm never cold.

December 14, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Anja said...

Had to laugh reading this, he reminded me so much of my two nova scotia duck tolling retrievers. Jessie is 3 loves people, can't go past a person without saying hello and is the best 'hot water bottle' in the world.when it comes to bedtime she will wait for me to tell her she can jump in, she will first lay curled up on the pillow next to my face and then curl up somewhere extremely close in my body. Lily (18 mth) is way towards other people but needs to be in the same room as me all the time. Come bed time is curled up on my other side, usually with her head on my shoulder.

You just gotta love them, for them you are the centre of their world :-)

December 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Plant City Homestead said...

Boy, it was warmer in Veryork than in Florida.

I guess Gibson has a permanent position as bed warmer now. He is old enough now, he should stay out of trouble at night. :-)

Herders seem to need that closeness. I have had everything from terriers to hounds, but my Aussies are non-stop cuddlers. It sure does make training easier.

December 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Yeah, the herding breeds are "velcro" dogs... My German Shep is the same. :-)

December 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Yeah, the herding breeds are "velcro" dogs... My German Shep is the same. :-)

December 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

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