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Sleep Disturbances? It's just Rocki.

Rocki has recently decided that it is not okay for my husband to sleep in our home.

My husband works night shift and can often be found on the couch snoozing. It's not that he's snoring or making any noises, but the mere fact that he's sleeping drives Rocki to distraction. He will march to the couch, growl at my husband and, if there is no response, he will jump on him to wake him up.

If I fall asleep, it's okay. If Bruiser falls asleep, that's okay too. When my husband falls asleep, it's time to wake him.

What goes through his mind is beyond me. If I see him approaching my sleeping spouse, I try and coerce him over to me with toys, treats and voice commands. Nothing works...he is on a mission and will not be distracted. If I go over and pick him up and take him to another room, the minute I set him down he will make a beeline to where my husband is and start growling at him and jump on him. My husband's head is the favored landing spot, but his chest makes a good secondary target when the head is not readily accessible. Rocki will then stand on his chest and growl.

Although my husband is shocked out of sleep and wants to be mad at him, the sight of those two big brown eyes and wagging tail melts his heart and dissipates his anger. Usually Rocki emerges from this escapade with lots of hugs, cuddles and pats.


Anonymous said…
Haha... That's the cutest thing. I feel bad for your husband though.
Shelenbert said…
Sadly, its the hugs, cuddles and pats that keep Rocki coming. My family and one of our Tzus have experienced a similar pattern of rewarding adorably bad behaivior. Our "Alpha" Tzu, Sammy, is a grump. The problem is that he is really cute when he is grumpy. He growls...alot and we encourage it. Its because his growls aren't menacing monotones. They have the intricacies of a sepearate language and from the time he was a wee Tzu, we have rewarded his grumpy growls with our own cos and ahs of adoration. So now Sammy growls to express a multitude of emotions and we don't have the heart to make him stop. Just like Rocki's dad. We all need to put our feet down and say "no!" to big, brown Shih Tzu eyes but that would be no fun would it?
jaycye said…
hahaha...that's adorable..
your two shih tzu are very cute... .they both have the same 'round' heads and bodies... is this shape from their grooming or are yours naturally very round... =)

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