People laugh at me when I tell them I sleep better since we got Mini, especially when my husband’s away overnight. I understand that. She’s not exactly the kind of dog that inspires fear.
But the problem I had was lying awake, listening for odd sounds. I have a pretty wacky imagination and could scare myself into paralysis within minutes. Now I let her listen for sounds while I sleep. All she has to do is let me know somebody’s coming and I’ll take it from there.
There’s been a growing problem with break-ins around here. Non-violent. Just taking a few small things of value like laptops and iPads and such. There was actually a little kid who went into his mother’s room and told her there was somebody in the house. She told him he was dreaming and tucked him back in. They were shy some possessions in the morning.
Our screen door’s a little messed up. Every so often the button doesn’t move the lever thingy and, when you pull the door, it catches with a little metallic thumping sound. The other night, about 1am, I was laying awake and heard that sound just as Mini launched herself off the bed, barking like an entire pack of prison hounds. (Only higher-pitched.) As my husband started flipping on lights and going after her, I got the phone at the ready. Whoever it was wasn’t stupid. Dog barking and lights on means you’re not getting my iPad without a fight. And that was that.
So she may be a little frou-frou diva princess, but she kept her home (and her mama’s gadgets) safe.