Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I got a full night of sleep,
and it looks like it will snow all day.
IIf your sleep has been disturbed for a couple of months, you’d break into song too.
Inspiration struck when I wasn’t even looking and the answer was right in front of me the whole time. After watching a video of a therapy dog in action, I turned to Roxy and said “I could use your services”.
Roxy already plays a support role. She’s been an integral part of Jessie’s social network and watches over her like a good sister, but now I’m seeing that there are other ways she can help.
Before we adopted Roxy, we considered several different breeds. Mama would have loved a dog that didn’t shed. Goldendoodles are sweet as could be, but we were downsizing from Golden Retrievers and I couldn’t justify spending $2,500 on a designer mutt. Besides, there’s an abundance of rescue dogs and certainly we could find one that would fit our family. To make a long story short, Roxy wasn’t what I was looking for. She was a white-girl, an English Pointer mix, and I wanted a smaller, black & white, Boston Terrier. When Roxy saw us, she jumped up and down like Donkey in Shrek saying “pick me, pick me”. She had the I-want-to-please personality and immediately sat in Jessie’s lap and kissed her, which made it a done deal.
Jess is still insisting, DEMANDING that I stay with her when she goes to bed. Last night I asked her if she would like Roxy to stay with her instead? Both Jess and Roxy gave me a watcha talkin’ bout look.
As anxious as Jess has been about sleeping alone, Roxy was feeling the same way about changing her routine. Since this was new to both of them, I was needed to chaperone.
It occurred to me that this was Jessie’s first girl’s sleep over! There was lots of giggling and wiggling and stories told. For a moment, I feared this wasn’t going to work, but eventually they settled down and drifted off to sleep. I made my way back to my room and everyone slept happily ever after.
The next morning, we woke to kitties in the bed and snow on the ground. Jess had a lot to talk about over breakfast! Hopefully, this new arrangement will resolve everyone’s problems… crossing my fingers and praying to God it does.