Friday, April 16, 2021

Foley Intervenes to Stop River From Attacking Pocket in Bed

After the last fighting-in-bed incident between my sisters, I had seen enough.  I don’t care if they attack one another. I do worry about River’s size advantage. I have worked hard to keep Pocket from coming to the Bridge and taking her into my home. I don’t need River sending her to me in a fit of pique.  

I summoned my sisters for a dream meeting. The topic was not about fighting but one close to my heart. When River bit Pocket on the back of the neck while sleeping, causing her to bleed on the sheets, she disrespected the bed.  

My sisters got to sleep on the big mattress too easily. I spent my first few nights in a crate next to it.   While suffering through that lonely cold night,  I promised if I ever got the chance to sleep in the bed, I would respect it wholeheartedly.  When my opportunity came, I kept my word and treated the bed like a heavenly sanctuary. 

Pocket got the bed her first night by whining incessantly until she broke you and was allowed into the bed so you could get a night’s sleep. River did not have to work for the bed either. You were still grieving my loss and needed a dog who wasn’t like Pocket, all skin, and bones to sleep next to you at night. 

Because they never spent a night out of bed, they didn’t appreciate it and disrespected it.  It was time for me to straighten them out. 

Immediately River placed blame for their tussles on Pocket correctly, pointing out that I lived with four other dogs spread out over my lifetime, and the only fights I had were with Pocket. “She’s an instigator, I tell you, an instigator,” River barked. 

“How can I be an instigator if I’m curled up at the end of the bed sleeping?” Pocket inquired 

“You twitch in your sleep, and that wakes me up. Regaining consciousness makes me cranky, and I lash out at the first thing I see the smaller than me, which is you. Also, I don’t trust you. I even wrote a poem about it. 

“Wake up with a start at night  filled with fright 

Kill Pocket Dog kill Pocket Dog

The little dog curled up at the end of the bed does she bite?

Kill Pocket Dog kill Pocket Dog

C-U-L-L Pocket Dog.”

“What a stupid poem,” Pocket observed. River said it wasn’t; they snarled at one another and began to tussle. Pocket of the very few teeth and River of the smushed in face barely laid a bicuspid on one another, but they still had a chewer’s chance at a knockout bite, so I shrilly whistled until they stopped.

I told them if they fought in the bed again, I would give them nightmares about being abandoned in a big field in the snow with coyotes on their tail.  

“Mommy doesn’t like us fighting on her lap either,” Pocket informed me.

“Then you must respect her lap and the bed.”

“How about Daddy?” River asked

“Let’s not get carried away,” I told them. “You are little dogs, and there is only so much respecting you can do. Anyway, we are doing him a big favor.  Once River stops attacking Pocket, he won’t have to go to bed holding the leash clipped on River to stop her from charging Pocket.  He will be relieved he no longer will be strangling himself three times a week.  Although River does like her bed bondage, he still might have to keep her bound just for fun.

But I don’t see it coming to that because River will never stop, which I understand because no one is more annoying in their sleep than Pocket.  


  1. That sure could be not a good way to wake up if you are snoozing at night!

  2. Foley! Wowzers! Thay are rude! Purrhaps your humans should do what our folks did. When our before Hairy Slobbery Sisters Bob and Sam fought in bed, Mom out them in their kennels! They learned really quick! Thanks for visiting us! And we hope you and your family have a marvellously happy day.

  3. I don't believe for a minute that Pocket is annoying!

  4. You two better knock it off or you're both going to end up in separate kennels and there will be a new, sweet dog sleeping in the bed curled up with your Mom. Got it? Lucy, Xena and Riley (Don't make us send 80 pound Riley over there when he can see again to guard dog you. He's got huge teeth!!)

  5. Sounds like somebody is a bit too territorial. Sorry to say, but I agree that a night in the crate would help that problem. Hopefully you pups can work this out peacefully.

  6. You two have the night crazies much like Angel Madi used to have. Of course cats are about 75% nocturnal,
    Hugs Cecilia

  7. Over the years a couple of dogs have lost bed privileges until they learned to share nicely. It worked.

  8. We just want to know how you get any rest with all the craziness going on! You must be very tired and need a nap!


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