Or at least, my sleep is. I haven't been able to sleep well for several nights, but for a change it isn't because of me waking up for some reason. Nope, I can blame this on the dogs.
Apparently there is something wandering around here at night. The pups hear it and take off for the back yard, barking like crazy. This happens several times a night. I have no idea what is out there, so I get up, call them back in, and go back to sleep. I mean, if it is the elk wandering, that is one thing, but it could be coyotes.
When I bought the dogfood yesterday, I noticed that I saw only one kitten at the feed store. They usually have several cats and occasional litters of kittens. They let them stay there and feed, because their presence keeps rodents at bay. I noted that to the young lady who helps me, and she said that all but one adult cat and two kittens have disappeared recently. They don't know why, but suspect coyotes. That kinda confirmed my concerns about letting my little guys be out alone.
I normally keep the dog door open so they can relieve themselves. They've usually just gone out, pottied and then are right back in. This barking over and over through the night is something new. When they are doing this repetitive barking thing, I put the dog door cover on so they have to stay in. Last night I did so, and it worked. Sorta.
Jazi was the one doing most of the barking. When I brought her in for the 5th time, I was exhausted, and put the door in place. I also turned on the radio in hopes that it would cover the noise enough to interrupt her need to protect the property. Inside the house she began barking again some time later. I was so tired and groggy that I don't know if it was five minutes or two hours later. I ignored her, telling her to go back to sleep. She and I shouted at each other several times, and I covered my head. Thankfully, she got quiet and got on the bed. I got almost two hours of uninterrupted sleep! Woo,woo!
And this morning I found a pee spot on the freshly cleaned carpet!! ARRRGGGHHHH. I don't get why she didn't take care of business while she was out there barking those five times!!
I cleaned the spot, treated it, and I'll run the cleaner over that area again today before I return the machine. Then, I suspect I'll be napping on the new sofa this afternoon.