When you live with four dogs, you get to see the value of rest on a daily basis. Even now, two retrievers are next to my chair doing their imitation of rugs, resting up after another big day.
We humans have an annoying habit of getting up early, so we can go to work. We set an alarm and stagger over to make some coffee to jump start ourselves into the day. Dogs think that whole concept is stupid.
Our morning routine consists of James getting up and taking the dogs out and then making the coffee. The dogs retire to the downstairs hallway while he turns on his computer. After the coffee is done brewing, he rousts me out for the morning coffee experience.
Meanwhile, the dogs are snoring away downstairs. Cami always crawls into her crate and sleeps hard. Tika and Leia curl up into tight balls and wedge themselves into a corner as sort of a furry unit. Even Leto the Large, who normally doesn’t curl up, will start loudly snoring away.
At our house, we refer to these canine power snoozers as being NRPT, which stands for Not Ready for Prime Time. Before about 10 am, all of our canines are really NRPT.
And really, that’s not such a bad approach. Going to work is overrated anyway.