I have been chuckling about Lolita a lot lately. She is the funniest little dog!
For one thing, there is a new twist in the bed time routine. When it is time for bed, we head to the bedroom , and I give them a treat. While they enjoy their treats (read that "scarf down their treats") I brush my teeth and wash my face. When I am ready to get into bed, they are all already on the bed, jockeying or having jockeyed, for favorite places. That's the normal routine.
Not long ago I began to have a problem every night that at this point Lola was not there. She had gone outside. No problem. I'm glad she does her business before bedtime. However, when she was slow coming in, I discovered that she was out there chasing bugs! Seriously! It is actually fun to watch her run and jump and twist around in attempts to catch moths. She is almost like a cat in her behaviors at this.
The problem is that she didn't want to come in! She is a night owl in this respect. The first couple times, I had to go pick her up and carry her in. Later, when this became a nightly event, I let her out, and after she is in I lower the doggy door to keep her inside. After she settled down I would slip out of bed and open the door again for the overnight. After a few nights of this, she got the idea, and I haven't had to close the door. She knows what the routine is, and she is doing well. So she plays a few minutes, and when I call her in, it is time for bed.
Once we are in bed, she has another thing that has recently begun. She loooooooves to burrow under the covers. I have only a sheet and a light blanket on the bed, but she gets under the blanket and scoots around all over the bed, bumping into her siblings or me. If someone on top or underneath where she is responds, she loves it. She will softly growl and struggle against the fabric and the unseen opponent for a minute then move on to the next one. Sometimes this lasts a few minutes and sometimes I have to tell her we are done and it is time for sleep. When I do, she rolls over for a belly rub, and we are done for the night.
Lola is a very smart little dog. She learns quickly about "no," or "go to bed," or "sleep now," and several other common phrases. She is pretty easy to live with, thanks to that. Yesterday I found my house shoe outside, and when I opened the door, she looked at it, about 10 feet away from her, back at me and ducked her head! She knew before I said anything. I just picked it up, saying "no," and came inside. She followed me in the house, and came to me with her head lowered, and we made up.
Lolita certainly entertains herself well. As you see in the above photos, she occupies herself well. While the others are hanging out inside with me, snoozing or following me around, she loves to be outside. So, The Girl sits on the deck and watches the world go by or catches a few winks. Or she does the same in the back yard. And when she wants to play with one of the others, she comes inside and aggravates him/her until the race is on. The Girl is self-sufficient!
And isn't she cute? She's really quite The Girl.
(Caroline, doesn't she look like Ali in this photo? :') I miss the old boy.)