Sleep In Sunday…NOT

Like most of you, we get up fairly early during the work week.  Hubby’s alarm goes off at 5:30 and mine goes off at 6:00.   Our dogs are used to getting up around 6:00 for a potty break, having a couple of treats and then heading back to bed until breakfast is served, which in our house is at 7:00.

On the weekends, Hubby and I like to sleep in.  Sampson and Delilah don’t differentiate between Saturdays and Sundays, so Hubby and I have devised a system.  I get up with the dogs Saturday morning while he sleeps in and he returns the courtesy on Sunday for me.

Except this weekend Hubby went away.  He left yesterday morning around 3:00 am.  So at 6:00 am yesterday I got up and let the dogs outside to potty, stoked the fireplace and went back to bed.

Until 7:00 at which time I was woken up with some very deep sighs…from Delilah.




Of course I got up and fed them.

Sometimes I really wish I wore a helmet cam.

You know a little camera on the top of my head so I could record the antics of these two.

They. Are. Funny.

Hysterically funny at times.

So this morning when they woke me up at 6:00, I got up and let them out, stoked the fire, fixed their food, fed them some cookies and went back to bed.

I brought the camera with me so I could record Delilah’s sighing.

Did she accommodate me by sighing?


No she did not.

I spent the next half hour listening to her chew on a bone, while I rubbed Sampson’s ears.

Chewing 1 Don’t mind me, I’m just getting my chew on.

Chewing 2 Stop your whining, I’m a good three feet away from your ear, I’m not that noisy of a chewer.

Rubbies 1 Now that feels good.

Rubbies 2 Oh yes, chin scratches, what’s better than chin scratches at 6:30 am?

Rubbies 3 I’ll stop being so cute if you get up and feed us.

They won.

Do your pets let you sleep in on the weekends?  How do you help them adjust to the weekend vs week day schedule?

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  1. says

    The sighing complaints are HILARIOUS! Delilah is a master communicator. I love that! But of course she won’t let you record them. They’re aimed at YOU! I don’t differentiate my schedule from weekdays to weekends, so Cupcake doesn’t need to. I’m up and out of bed by 7 (or sooner) every day. I don’t take her out till after she eats at 8. She has no sense of urgency in the morning, which took me a while to figure out when I first got her, but I’m happy about it.

    • Jodi Stone says

      Oh I wish I didn’t have to deviate my schedule!

      You are right, she is a great communicator. The funny thing is that Sampson never used to have a sense of urgency, until Delilah came along. :-) He used to be like Cupcake.

  2. says

    I am lucky, my husband does ALL of the morning feedings.
    The only way they let us sleep later is if they get a snack super late at night (around midnight or after)
    It is our cat who is the ring leader in waking every one up…..once he starts, our dog starts……my husband’s “wake up time” is usually between 4 and 5 am

    • Jodi Stone says

      Oh yes you are!! I’m afraid to have Hubby feed them because then she will want it earlier. The earlier we feed her, the earlier she wants it. :-)

  3. says

    That’s too funny Jodi. Nick and I were just saying we should put a helmet cam…on Toby. He just does so many weird things!

    I guess I’m lucky, our dogs will let us sleep in most weekends, unless they REALLY have to go. But we keep late hours, and they go out around midnight each night.

    I can imagine the sounds Delilah makes. Toby is moaner too, especially if dinner is a minute late. Of course they won’t cooperate for the camera though!

    • Jodi Stone says

      It would be hysterical wouldn’t it Donna? They are so damn funny. It isn’t the potty that wakes them up, it’s the wanting breakfast. Seven at night, seven in the morning. :-) Who says they can’t tell time? 😉

  4. says

    I think I can count on one hand how many times they’ve woken me up.
    They sleep in a crate so they wait, the whining starts if I take too long getting dressed to take them out!
    That second picture of Sampson cracked me up! With his arm extended like that it looks like he’s saying, “you scratch my chin I scratch yours!”

    • Jodi Stone says

      Even if she were in a crate, she’d start making noise. She is demanding when it comes to food!

      He puts his arm on you when you try to stop but he wants more. :-)

  5. says

    During the week, as soon as the alarm goes off (at an ungodly 4:30am) the dogs are out of bed like a shot and raring to get the day going(me, not so much).

    On the weekends they are kind enough to let me sleep in ’til 7-8am as long as I don’t give any indication I’m awake. I’ve gotten good at laying there barely opening my eyes enjoying the calm.

    • Jodi Stone says

      That is ungodly Dawn! I would be quite content to sleep until 8, but I’m lucky if they let me sleep in until 7.

      There is no calm, because she’s already starting whether I’m pretending or not. :-)

  6. Sue @ The Golden Life says

    Before we got Ducky, Callie and Shadow were very happy to let hubby and I sleep in on the weekends. After all, they’re getting older — officially “senior” status — so they like to sleep in, too. When Ducky joined the family, she was only 7 months old and not fully house trained yet. Her crate is in the room downstairs (mostly because it’s the only room large enough for the crate), but now when she really needs to potty she barks loud enough to wake the dead. My body clock usually wakes me up at about 7:15, but sometimes I just stay in bed an extra hour. Thankfully, time at daycare on Saturday — combined with playtime at home afterwards — usually tires Ducky out enough to sleep-in on Sunday mornings.
    I love all the pix, but especially the one of Sampson with his “arm” over yours! I wonder sometimes if it’s a retriever thing, b/c Callie and Shadow do it to us ALL the time, even when they’re sitting next to our chair while we scratch their heads or chests. And Delilah’s moaning cracks me up. The other night, Callie was asleep on the dog bed when she suddenly lifted her head and let out a half-moan/half-howl kind of noise and woke herself up. Sam and I just laughed cuz it sounded so funny. Shadow looked up and over at Callie then put her head back down. Ducky just kept chewing on her Nylabone.

    • Jodi Stone says

      When we first got Sampson he would sleep til whenever. He was never a schedule eater. With Delilah (and feeding raw) we can’t just leave food down so now he’s become accustomed to eating on schedule. I used to call him like I called my kids for school to get him to get up and potty before I left for work. :-)

      That’s funny that she startled herself, the things they do when you don’t have your camera ready.

  7. says

    A helmet cam would be so much fun! I think my Mum would love to have one on too, she catches a lot of my stuff but misses so much too!!

    As for getting up in the morning, I’m sure not an early bird!! I love to sleep in no matter what the day, if Mum and Dad wake me up I do all my stretches and grumbling then sleepily follow them to the office where they usually start the day and I loll around on the sofa sleeping again – food, I don’t even feel hungry until about 10 am and most mornings I’m not in any hurry to go potty either, if I do have to go I tap on the door, get out and back fast and then go back to sleep! zzzzzz

    Wags to all,

    Your sleepy pal Snoopy :)

  8. Frankie Furter and Ernie says

    hehehhee That is so funny.

    I (Frankie Furter) sleep in EVERY DAY. Sometimes until after 10 AM!!!
    Ernie is the Early Bird on This Hill.

    • Jodi Stone says

      Wow Frankie, you are like Sampson used to be. He would sleep in all the time too. So Ernie is your version of my Delilah. :-) You have my sympathies. :-)

    • Jodi Stone says

      I’m typically an early riser too, although when the opportunity presents itself I do like the occasional sleep in. :-)

  9. says

    My husband and I usually rotate on the weekends like you and your husband, however today was my morning to sleep in but Leroy jumped in bed on my side and laid on top of me and started snoring:(. I think he was mocking me.

  10. says

    We are early birds around this house. The girlz do have this crazy habit of ONLY getting me up when the need arises :( My hubby can get up and use the bathroom, stoke the fire, get a drink(you get the picture) and they don’t move. If I even wiggle under the covers they are at my bedside saying….Time to get up mom, it’s time to get up….let’s go mom!! Ugh, no sleeping in for me— ever!!

  11. says

    My mom can’t sleep in…she has been waking up early for years, so for us sleeping in means she just stays in the bed until like 6. That’s ok we all love the early morning it is so nice and peaceful.

    • Jodi Stone says

      I do love the peace and quiet of the morning too. Those are usually Saturdays. :-) Hubby is sleeping in and I get coffee and the dogs and just do whatever.

  12. fallconsmate says

    shadow is a service dog. so she is always where i am. (except when i’m a horrible mama and insist on taking a bath without supervision, because she literally jumps up on the edge of the tub and looks at me worriedly…and has nearly fallen in a few times!)

    so if i get up when the alarm goes off, take her out, and go back to bed? she hops her little six pound self back up on the bed and goes back to sleep crunched up against me like she adores doing. then we get back up, go out again, and do whatever all day…she has kibble and water available all the time, and gets a can of stinkyfood (one of those little cans) in the evening. but she wont eat the kibble in the daytime! she’s a silly little mess, she is.

    but its total adoration on her part, she wants to be with me always. :)

  13. says

    LOL–Your mornings sound a lot like ours, just the faces are different! The dogs don’t ever let us sleep past six much–If Wendy, our oldest girl gets up and goes down the hall, there’s no changing her mind, because she and her bladder have made up their mind that it’s time to go out and I hate cleaning up an accident by the door first thing! :-)

    • Jodi Stone says

      Oh Lord, I don’t blame you Kim! If it’s still dark I will let them out, throw some wood on the fire and try and get back to bed. Some days I just give in and get up too!

    • Jodi Stone says

      See for us it’s more of the food. Delilah wants her breakfast on time!!

      I really need to start keeping that camera right by the bed, I miss everything!!

  14. says

    Well you got some very cute pictures, even if no recording of the sighing noises!

    Lamar Latrell has a rule that he only needs to go out 1)immediately after I’ve tucked myself in and gotten comfy in bed at night, and 2) at around 6 in the morning, thus waking me up an hour before I have to get up and would let him out anyway. I am not certain if he really needs to go at these times, but I suppose I should give him the benefit of the doubt :)

  15. says

    Ha ha! SLEEP is better than chin scratches at 6.30am. I have found Elsie’s puppyhood really hard and much of it is because for the first 4 or 5 months she barely slept past 5.30am or 6am at a push. I think in that time I managed twice to make it past 7. However, she is now going ’till the alarm during the week (which is anywhere between 6am and 6.45 depending on how late I go to bed) and at the weekend she normally goes until about 7.30am, sometimes later. She is finally conforming to the sleep patterns of the rest of us. However, when she wakes up at the weekend I put her outside with Flo (if she’s awake, which she isn’t always), with their brekkie usually and then go back to bed. On Sunday I am (pleased/ashamed) to say I didn’t wake up until after 10am… I really needed to sleep. I am very thankful to live in an area of the world where I don’t have to worry about them getting too cold if they’re outside! I love those photos you’ve included in today’s post!

  16. says

    No they don’t sleep in, but they are on a schedule. When Storm came home from her breeders, she was off schedule. (I told you about that…lol). Thankfully she is back on schedule. Hubby gets up with them. It is his schedule. But when he is gone off hunting, it is my schedule and we sleep into a reasonable hour. :)

  17. says

    Now that Lila is getting a little older, she does sleep in on the weekends. She used to wake us up, but now I wake her up when I come down to see her in the family room. It’s lovely!

  18. says

    No help here I’m afraid…Gizmo does not understand the concept of “weekend” … If I move so much as an eyelash he’s up and ready to take on the day…I actually don’t mind…it’s good motivation for me to do the same

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