I have mentioned before that Lilac has a lot to say at times. Her favorite time to tell us something seems to be an hour before the alarm clock goes off. I used to have the clock set for 6:30 in the morning and she always got up at 5:30. Later, I changed the clock to 5:30 because I had to get going earlier. Lilac now gets up at 4:30. Last week, she decided to get up on Thursday morning at 2:30 and Friday at 3:30. Thank heaven we were able to sleep in on Saturday and catch up since we're suffering severe sleep deprivation. Although, I have to say, she really didn't like that!
This has not been an issue until the last year. Now it is becoming less of an amusing occasional quirk and more of an annoying regular habit. We have tried a lot of variations in the routine to see if it will help her sleep through the night, and fortunately Bunny and Blueberry have been very adaptable. We've always done a last turn out right before bed. We've also started feeding them three meals with the last one being a very small one right before they go to bed. Nothing seems to help.
Part of it seems to be figuring out what she wants. She doesn't seem to be needing to use the bathroom really bad. She doesn't act like she's starving. Mr. Taleteller used to get up with them, turn them out, feed them and then sleep on the floor under his quilt for a while in between several of the dogs. Now he's coming back to bed. She doesn't want to lay back down and go to sleep. It seems that she wants to just get us all up to do nothing.
I suspect that some of it has to do with her age. She's fourteen and a half; easily the oldest dog that either of us have lived with. She is in excellent health, not just for her age, but for a dog of any age. She plays with stuffies in the living room. The old lady will even play with Bunny on rare occasion. She seems to be very aware and alert during the day while we're all home and awake. It's just this stretch of time at night when she seems dottier than crazy Aunt Martha!
Has anybody out there ever experienced something like this? If anybody has any suggestions, we would be happy to hear them. More than anything, we would just like to get some sleep! Unlike the Grande Dame, we are not able to take a nap all day -- we have to go to work. She's lucky we love her!