Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Sofa Wars Lost – We Met The Enemy, And We Are Theirs

on March 9, 2011

We’ve lost the Sofa Wars. Officially.

Nothing beats some soft throws and a good couch!

Actually, we surrendered. Willingly.

All the training books tell us that dogs should only be allowed on furniture when invited. We followed that directive to the letter for months. Months.

Daisy didn’t.

Most of the time she stayed on the floor, but every couple of days we’d find her quietly lying on the sofa, all snuggled up in the various throws. (We’re big on throws – we LOVE nestling underneath them! So why wouldn’t Daisy?) It was adorable!

We always felt so bad making her get down from her warm, snuggly perch; after all, part of a Havachon’s natural instinct is to find the highest point and survey her turf from above, making sure all is well in Havachon-land. Finally, we thought – “Hey, what are we fighting for? We like her up here, this works for us, why can’t we bend the rules a bit?”

How can we deny her this one little luxury?

So we did. We bent them into a pretzel. (I’m sorry, Jan Fennell! I lose one gold star!) Qualifier (aka “excuse”): I believe in picking my battles; whether with dogs, kids, or other adults, I feel it’s only necessary to fight the good fight in the face of serious wrong-doing or potential harm. This was neither.

BUT – there is a payoff from all that original rule-enforcement: when one of us is on the sofa, she never comes up without “asking permission” first. She sits on the floor near us with those perky ears raised and big brown eyes boring a hole through us. When we look at her, she rears up on her hind legs and glances from us to the sofa a couple of times. Then if we say, “Okay, come on up” and tap the sofa, up she comes, one happy little Havachon. But if we say, “No, down”, she backs off, gives us a few annoyed grumbles, and retreats to her blanket refuge.

Seriously, you can't BUY contentment like this! 🙂

Works for us! 🙂

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8 responses to “Sofa Wars Lost – We Met The Enemy, And We Are Theirs

  1. That’s awesome! So if no one is using the couch, she’ll jump on her own, but if someone is already there, she asks for permission? What a smarty pants! Plus, it’s just good common sense. 🙂

    • P.S. I just saw your comment. Your writing background doesn’t surprise me…the quality of your blog writing is superb!

      Sigh…another writer who probably notices my misuse of commas. 😉

  2. Tiff says:

    I’m not completely convinced anyone can keep a small dog off furniture, no matter what some book might promise. I think it’s a battle that is easier won with a large dog. At least they make sure not to do it when you are looking:)

    Also, after reading Gus’ response above, I too have a confession to make…I believe that I also am among the ranks of the “comma offenders”… 🙂 Commas are kind of like shoes…..You never can tell if you have too many or too few… LOL

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I think you’re right. They’re cuddlers and love snuggling – how can there be anything wrong with that anyway?! That’s why we got a small dog this time – we wanted a cuddler!

      LOL Ah, the Comma Confessions. Commas and apostrophes seem to be the most misused types of punctuation in writing these days. Don’t worry, you’re in good company – I’ve seen LOTS of these types of mistakes being passed into print by new young professionals!

  3. leonabriggs says:

    What a sweet little face she has! How could anyone say no to that?

  4. barb19 says:

    There is no harm in letting Daisy up on the sofa (at least she asks permission first!) She loves cuddling and you love snuggling, so everyone is happy!
    We let our dog Poppy up on the sofa (she is a little shih-tzu). She likes to feel you next to her, so she snuggles right up to my hubby’s leg! They are both happy with that, but like Daisy, she sits on the floor and asks permission first! We have polite dogs!

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