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Evil Puppy

on August 9, 2011

Ohhhhhh yes, behind that sweet little face….

….lies an evil alter-ego….

Evil Puppy

Evil Puppy has suddenly decided to start whining in the middle of the night. For no reason. None whatsoever.

Daisy has always slept in a crate at night, partly because we can’t trust that she won’t go into Destructo-Pup mode while we’re asleep, and partly because it’s what she’s always known and has always liked.

Suddenly last week, she started whining insistently. Naturally, we thought something was wrong, so we checked on her and took her out to see if she had to wee. That was around 2:20 AM.

Little did we know that Evil Puppy had taken over. No doubt, she was rubbing her villainous little paws together, knowing that her little trick had worked.

No wee. Just a couple sips of water, but not enough to make it the cause of her whining.

Back into the crate she went. As soon as we got back into bed and the lights were out, she started whining again.

2:25 AM: we take her back out of her crate and check her entire body over for signs of something being wrong. Evil Puppy laughed and wagged her tail happily, trying to play.

Maybe she feels confined in the crate suddenly? Okay, since we can’t trust her not to destroy things, we put gates up on either end of the hallway so she can have the whole area to herself. Plenty of room to spread out. Our bedrooms are right off the hallway, so she can see us and is near us, as always.

Back to bed. Lights out. Pitter-patter pitter-patter. Then quiet.

And then it started all over again, louder, along with scratching at the gates.

2:30 AM. We realize we’re not dealing with our sweet little Daisy anymore, but a doppleganger. It must be. Our Daisy wouldn’t do this. I half expected to see her head spinning around on her shoulders and green bile spewing from her mouth.

Back into the crate with a lecture. “Quiet! Naughty! No more! Go to sleep!”

No good. Whine, whine whine. Now Evil Puppy had a good thing going. Her whining got our attention and she was calling the shots. That had to stop.

So we let her whine. Which went on until 3:35 AM, when she finally gave up. Exhausted as I was, I was far too annoyed and awake to fall asleep right away. The last time I saw on the clock was 4:45, so when the alarm went off a couple hours later, I was one unhappy doggy-mama.

The same thing happened the next night, so we shut the bedroom doors. She.Carried.On.ALL.Night. No breaks. No sleep.

The following night, when it started again, we put the whole crate with Evil Puppy in it into the Naughty Room (the laundry room – it’s her time-out place) for 15 minutes. We prayed for a Naughty Room Exorcism, please take this evil beast from our sweet puppy and give us back our Daisy. 

We put the crate into the master bedroom in case it would help. Well, either that worked or Evil Puppy fled her body, because it’s been good since then.

Until last night. The whining was light and stopped after a few minutes, but it was enough to alarm us. We suspect her goal is to be let out of the crate so she can make her way onto the bed during the night. Allowing her to sleep on the bed with us is out of the question, so we could be in for a serious War of Wills.

That’s my least favorite war to fight, especially with the Willful Miss Daisy. ::sigh:: We’ll keep you updated. ~~yawn~~

20 responses to “Evil Puppy

  1. Aww, daisy is not evil…this post was pretty funny though, thoughts of daisy with her head spinning made me laugh. They sure do know exactly what time we are our weakest, (early morning and asleep), to pull this kind of stuff.

  2. Daisy,

    I’d love to cheer you on, but don’t want to upset your Mum, cos I know from experience Mum’s sense of humour disappears when they’re tired! Doh!

    I used to sleep in a crate too, when they let me out, cos they felt sorry for me I slept on the tiles in the bathroom and was perfectly good to prove I didn’t need the crate, now I have the freedom of the house at night and I’m really good, of course I’d prefer to be on the folks bed, but this isn’t a bad second, it sure beats the crate!

    When you do the whining you have to remember to do the cute face too so all thoughts of Evil puppy are banished – oooops, did I just encourage you? Tee Hee

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Snoopy, I’m going to suggest this to my Mom. I guess I need to be more consistent in my messages – when I stopped whining, my folks thought they’d won the battle. Silly humans!

  3. 2browndawgs says:

    How can they call you evil when you only want to be with your people? They must not understand. Maybe you need to try harder? 😉

    the 2 brown dawgs

  4. Judy says:

    If you recall, I had a similar situation with Tiffy a while back. I don’t know why she started but she also “all of the sudden stopped”. I found a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel or blanket works well for sleepless puppies, also a ticking clock. It sounds like you are doing a good job. Just keep being consistent and she’ll stop whining:)

  5. The Hook says:

    “The two faces of Daisy”, right?
    Great post!

  6. barb19 says:

    Awww, she is lonely and wants to be closer to you; that’s perfectly natural when you think about puppies all huddling together when they sleep!
    Poppy has a basket in our bedroom and during the night she always jumps onto our bed; we don’t mind that at all, but I understand if that’s not what you want with Daisy.
    Perseverance is the word for you guys – Daisy will eventually get the message!

  7. Mumsy, Chancy and Crew says:

    Awwwwwww, sweet Daisy does not have an evil bone in her body….just look at that sweet face. She just loves you so much and wants to be with you all the time. As I was reading this it brought back memories of babies doing just as Daisy has been doing. Smart little Daisy! I hope she does not keep you from getting too much more sleep before your will wins out over hers. Wishing you and Daisy all the best. Hoping you find a solution to keep you all happy and getting some sleep. Hugs and nose kisses

    • raisingdaisy says:

      So far so good, Mumsy. We ignored her whines the other night, which were far quieter and much more short-lived than the original ones were, and she’s been good for the past two nights. You’re right, she’s very smart – she knows just how to use that cute little face to melt our wills! But night-time disturbances are a different story – nothing looks cute at 2:30 AM when you’re exhausted from multiple sleepless nights! Fingers crossed that she’s given up this nocturnal nonsense!

  8. Hmm, how very interesting!

    Lil’ Miss Maple, who usually sleeps throughout the night without a stir, suddenly woke up one night and began whining. My husband, who was at home with her at the time, brought her out of the crate to comfort her. As it turns out, at the exact time when Maple was whining, I got rear-ended on the road… halfway around the world! Coincidence? Well, it certainly got me thinking about animals and their ability to sense things that we can’t!

    I hope whatever may be unsettling Daisy will subside soon. Until then, I’ll be tuning in to whatever revelations you may discover!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Wow, that’s SO interesting! I don’t think it’s a coincidence, I’ve heard too many stories similar to yours for it to be a coincidence. I think our dogs are deeply attuned to us and our feelings, even if we’re far away from them. You and Maple have a very close bond!

  9. We had that issue with Chloe as a puppy….we tried the playpen for awhile….then….more whining. Finally, I put her in between us in the bed and instant SILENCE. Not a peep. Ever. And she is still sleeping there…seven years later! Hope your household quiets down soon!!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’m sure that would quiet Daisy down as well – her favorite place to be is snuggled between us on the couch. But the bed is one place we really don’t want her to be, unfortunately, so she’ll have to get used to the fact that she has her bed and we have ours. She’s been quiet the past few nights, so she’s gotten the message….for now…. 😉

      I just have to say again – Chloe is SO cute!!

  10. Oh I hope sweet little Daisy starts getting her rest. For her sake and yours. 😉

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