Last night around 10:00 Gary finally changed the last clock to an hour ahead. Coming from a state that did not participate in the semi-annual clock changing nonsense I am not a fan.
I’m one of the lucky ones because I work out of my house and my husband has a Sunday/Monday day off pattern so that by the time Tuesday rolls around we’re okay. But all the clocks I thought were cute decorating touches to my new home are now just annoying.
It seems natural that National Napping Day is observed annually the day following the return of daylight saving time. National Napping Day provides everyone with the opportunity to have a nap and catch up on the hour of sleep they lost due to the spring forward time change.
And then there are dogs. I’m thinking a dog doesn’t need any special day to celebrate napping. When we first got our dog from NEW PAWSibilities I saw a YouTube video where a guy set up cameras, left for work, and then showed the video of what his dog did while the man was at work. He slept, stretched, jumped on the sofa, napped, went out to the bathroom, came back, napped, slept, and, that was pretty much it.
So how much is normal? The average dog sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours per 24-hour cycle. Puppies, who are hyperactive need about 18 to 20 hours of downtime and older dogs also tend to need more rest, as do certain breeds.
So how much of their day is spent sleeping versus napping or playing? 50/30/20 is the most common formula. Fifty percent actually sleeping, the kind where they snore and move their legs as if they are running, and seem to be dreaming. Thirty percent of their time is spent awake but lying around, and twenty-percent is spent being active.
It still amazes me how excited Coconut is about actual bedtime. Last night we watched a few hours of television with him curled between us seemingly asleep. I mean his eyes were closed for most of the evening and he was still. Every time one of us jumped up for a snack or water or a bathroom break that little dog was up like we’d shaken him and called his name. Nope, dude was just pretending to sleep. Eyes, closed but he could still hear the lid on the brownie pan snapping off and he was in the kitchen in a second.
At about 9:30 I said, as I do every night, “You wanna go shi shi (pee pee for you non-Hawaii folks) and rocketed off that sofa like it was on fire, ran to the door, did his business and then flew up the stairs. By the time I made it up there, he was in the bed waiting for his cover and for me to do our night-night routine. By the time my teeth were brushed he was snoring. He sounded like he was utterly exhausted. To my way of thinking he could have partied all night with the amount of nothing he did all day.
Because sleeping is an essential part of dogs’ everyday routines, you shouldn’t be concerned if your dog takes a great liking to the art of snoozing. However, if you find that there is a dramatic change in your dog’s sleeping habits or something seems a little off, you might want to consult your veterinarian.
Here’s to National Napping Day. Coconut just came in from a walk, chewed on his bone for all of a minute, and is now in my office next to me with his eyes closed. The minute I get up for more coffee he’ll follow me thinking that there’s food with that coffee. He would be wrong. Not even that delicious banana bread that’s there mocking me.
Just because. These are not our dogs, they are just cute as can be and they are sleeping. Or are they?