As I sit typing I look over at my sofa to see three very special canines wrapped in blankets and sound asleep. We've had a busy day; poor little Jessie is catching up on her much needed sleep from her never ending Sundown Syndrome. It actually does end, it ends the moment she gets up in the morning. It is then and only then that she is down, down for the count for most of the day. Then the cycle begins again. As I sit and watch her deep breathing, under her blanket I wonder why she cannot simply sleep like this at night. But for some reason, bedtime now means up time for the poor little gal. So we are learning to cope.
The poodles are happily tired, they spent the morning at the beach. For a 10.5 year old and a nearly 14 year old it doesn't take much to tucker them out. Tilley is exhausted, I knew she would be but sometimes the exhaustion is well worth it. We were going to head out this morning without her, the walk we typically do is far too much for her now. But after watching her hop around throwing her head in the air I had to readjust. We CAN take her, we just have to adjust our walk. We will make sure we get parking close by and take the first ramp down to the beach. There Tilley and I will sit and watch Dad and Luke run around. It'll be great.
Great it was, it was so wonderful to see her enjoying the beach. Yes it was a lot for her, maybe a bit much but she was happy, so happy. Tilley is such a water dog and she was chomping at the bit to get in. Of course with the California surf being pretty huge she just waded as did Luke. They got caught in a couple of big waves which meant wet shoes for Dad and two very wet poodles. We did it slow, slow is the secret to success here.