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I love my dog. I love my dog more every year, and I'm starting to get very nervous about the gray hairs in her nine-year-old muzzle. In short... she's getting old, for her breed and size. Apparently it doesn't matter. She still periodically develops these odd habits that seem to come out of nowhere. She's constantly teaching herself new tricks!

The newest: gravity-defying dog. She's suddenly started to enjoy sleeping in the reading chair with her head down, on the footstool.

Molly on the ottoman

Weird! (That sheet is my mostly futile attempt to keep the dog hair out of the corners of the chair.) I can understand her sleeping on the cushy chair -- I bought it for grad school, and she totally appropriated it even though she didn't give me a cent to pay the Visa bill. What boggles me is that she apparently enjoys sleeping with her head downstream of the bulk of her hundred-and-twenty pounds. That would make my head feel funny and strange -- but not her, apparently! At first I thought it was an accident, that she happened to just roll that way. But now I'm finding her in this position more and more, so it's striking me as preferential.

Maybe she likes the funny strange feeling!

Date: 2011-01-13 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bogwitch64.livejournal.com
MOLLY! That is a strange way to sleep, but, you know she's never been "normal," so...

Date: 2011-01-13 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Like mother, like dog. =D

Date: 2011-01-13 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bogwitch64.livejournal.com
Normal is just another word for average, anyway. And of course, both dog and doggie-mom are so far above average, they get regular nosebleeds. ;)

Date: 2011-01-13 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j-cheney.livejournal.com
We call that oozing...or Dali Dog...

Date: 2011-01-13 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Oozing! That's a great word for it.

She just starts high and oozes low.

Date: 2011-01-13 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] affinity8.livejournal.com
Great picture!

The mysterious preferences of dogs and cats . . .

Date: 2011-01-13 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Seriously! What goes through their sleepy little animal heads? I'm not sure. But I think I want some.

Date: 2011-01-13 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] athenais.livejournal.com
All our dogs and cats have had phases where they like to sleep with their head propped up (ow, my neck hurts just looking at them) or down below their body (when they do it at the top of the stairs with their head handing down we call it vulturing). Molly's so funny in that position!

Date: 2011-01-13 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Vulturing! That's a great description. =D

Date: 2011-01-14 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tabby333.livejournal.com
You would think her shoulder would get kinked. It must make something feel good to be sprawled that way. She looks like a sweetie.

Date: 2011-01-14 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruralwriter.livejournal.com
Is she a Rottweiler? My aunt's Rottweiler puppy (he's 9 months and 100 pounds) was a lot of fun, although prone to bowling me over in his excitement.

Date: 2011-01-14 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
She is a Rottie! My favorite dog breed. They're like giant, fuzzy, incredibly loving bear cubs. ^_^

Date: 2011-02-17 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] e-underwood.livejournal.com
She wants a big comfy place to stretch out. Looks cozy!

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