BEFORE BECOMING AN ADOPTIVE PARENT to a dog, many people believe that a dog is wound up tight with energy from the moment it rises until it collapses at day’s end. Not so. Most dogs spend considerable amounts of time throughout the day at rest.
Watson’s favorite place to rest had nothing to do with a specific place in the house. It had everything to do with who was in that specific place. He wanted to be where his persons were. So that’s where he’d be almost all of the time.
Better still, if he could lie right on his person’s feet—next to his or her feet was a much less desirable substitute—he was full of contentment. Each of us experienced toasty feet (if not tingly from falling asleep) from our warm-bodied boy. Watson would let out a deep sigh, which we’d feel as well as hear, before falling asleep and twitching his way through his doggie dreams.
Watson’s way was simple and direct. He wanted to be close to us. And he knew he could totally relax around his friends, which made him very happy.
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