If you have a puppy, you don’t need an alarm clock!

If you have a puppy, you don’t need an alarm clock!

In December, we adopted our son and daughter-in-law’s Mini Aussie puppy, Maggie. She was an 8-month-old ball of nonstop energy and too much for their toddler son, Riley. Even though we generally adopt older rescues, it was important to our ten-year-old grandson, Shae, that Maggie remained in the family.

Living with this loveable little demon took some adjusting for my husband, Mike, me, and our 8-year-old Schnauzer mix, Emma, a sedate and refined lady—but it was worth it. We love her, and she loves us. In fact, she is my constant shadow. I have to ensure I leave lights on at night so I don’t trip over my shadow!

Maggie is about to turn one and is slowing down. A weensy bit. She’s no longer waking me up at 4 am, so that’s good. Now it’s between 5:30 and 6, seven days a week. She used to paw my face to wake me, but now she often gently sets a rock on my face to tell me how much she loves me. For a fifteen-pound dog, she sure can lift some big rocks! I now have a line of “love rocks” decorating the windowsill.

Instead of lamenting the lost sleep, I have incorporated
a few
new things into my morning routine.

• NEW: Ten minutes of red-light therapy while listening to beautiful Deva Premal music and deep breathing. Or, if my morning cup of caffeine has kicked in, I sing along to music. This morning it was The Judds. I have not listened to them in ages! So good!

• NEW: Ten-minute back stretch. I have osteoporosis in my back — too many years hunched over a drawing board during my graphic artist years.

• NEW: 30 minutes of exercise using my amazing Meta Quest 3 VR headset.

Note to self: Do not allow dogs in the room during the above activities because they think you want to play. Not relaxing!

Then, the usual: Get ready for the day. Eat a healthy breakfast and then commute to my office in the backyard to start my workday, while Maggie and Emma snooze on the couch.

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