Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
We have probably all heard the phrase “Let sleeping dogs lie”. Wikitionary defines it as meaning: To leave things as they are; especially, to avoid restarting or rekindling an old argument; to leave disagreements in the past.
I think that is sound advice to be followed in many situations. The phrase has it’s origins in the bible actually, with it first being cited in Book of Proverbs (26:17) where it says: He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.
It’s also used in a Chaucer story, in the Troilus and Criseyde tale: It is nought good a sleepyng hound to wake.
I think of it each night as I try to wake Maggie & Jack for our nightly constitutional up the driveway so they can each do their business before bed. As the get older, their evening sleep is soooo deep and so sound it’s hard to wake them. I typically have to call them, whistle and slowly shake them to wake them up sometimes.
Sometimes I think I shouldn’t bother, but both of them have an incontinence issue, so I like them to go just before bed. I did a little research about waking your dog and most things I read say you shouldn’t touch them to wake them as it might startle them and even lead to an aggressive response. It does startle Jack when I touch him and he’s usually a little disoriented for a few seconds. But he is also hard of hearing, so just calling him or whistling doesn’t rouse him.
How about you, do your dogs wake easily, or is it a chore to get them up sometimes? Any helpful tips?