I have said before that Maggie is a creature of habit, and she now has a serious one we have to break.
This is getting us up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason.
Living on a boat, we have to get up and dressed to take her out, hoping we don’t disturb our fellow boaters in the process.
It is different if she’s ill, or there is thunder or fireworks, but we haven’t had a really decent night’s sleep for weeks, and things are just getting worse.
We have explored possibilities that it is
a): someone coming home after their shift (no)
b): someone going out to their shift (no)
c): neighbours (no)
d): something inside the boat (no)
e): something outside the boat (no)
f): ducks ‘jack hammering’ as they attack the algae on the underside of the boat (no)
g): traffic, either airborne or road noise (no and no)
h): too hot or too cold (both no)
i): unable to see due to poor night vision (we put a kid’s night light at the end of the bed)
j): boat movement (very slight unless in bad weather, so doubtful).
The other night when Hubby came back after the 1.30 expedition, I positioned the duvet and lay back to watch her…………… for about three hours.
She sat to attention at the foot of the bed as if on guard, but there was nothing going on to be on guard against. Everything was quiet inside and out, apart from the usual hum of the fridge kicking in as it’s always done.
Around 5am, she finally flopped and fell asleep.
Last night it was 3.30, and we both got up to take her out.
There was nothing in, on or around the marina to account for disturbing her.
She’d done her final business as normal before we went to bed, and didn’t seem in a hurry to do something else, which ruled out that she was unwell. We have already stopped giving her titbits and treats non-doggy in the belief that her digestive system can’t cope.
We think now that it is purely habit, one which has to be broken before we go crazy through lack of sleep.
Her appetite is OK, her motions and waterworks are fine, her eyes bright, her nose cold.
On our walks she is inquisitive and sniffing everything, so maybe her brain has gone into some kind of overdrive and it’s the springer in her. Some can be a bit loopy in older age.
Or, perhaps she has got hooked on sniffing a particular something (they’ve been treating the grass verges in town) and by the early hours is suffering withdrawal symptoms.
If it was something to do with the boat, why didn’t it happen when we first arrived?
We honestly don’t know.
A lot of my readers have pets, so I’m asking if anyone has had to deal with anything like this before?
If so, did you get to the bottom of it?
What did you do to rectify it?
I would really appreciate any input.