I am with Stella, the Olde English Bulldogge…
Me: Queen Stella…
Stella: Thank you for setting …the record…straight. Ahhhhawwww.
Me: Why are you yawning so much? Is it a dog thing?
Stella: It is a tired dog thing.
Me: But you sleep about 20 hours a day.
Stella: Not lately. Haven’t you heard all the bulldog noise at night?
Me: No. I must have slept through it.
Stella: Lucky. Living in close quarters with bulldogs is hard.
Me: Yeah, tell me about it.
Me: Actually, that is a human expression that means you don’t have to tell me about it. I already know.
Stella: Human expressions are stupid.
Stella: With bulldogs, there is always snoring or farting or silly whining or barking. How can anybody sleep under those conditions? And there are those weird noises at night and we wake up and bark to let you know in case there is a problem.
Me: Yes, the warnings. Tall Man takes care of those. I seem to be able to sleep through them. I guess I’ve gotten used to them.
Stella: Because you are a bulldog human.
Me: So how can we make sure that you get more sleep?
Stella: Earplugs against the barking and whining and snoring. And nose plugs against the bad smells.
Me: I don’t think that’s a good idea. I have a feeling that you would end up trying to eat those earplugs and nose plugs, bulldog style.
Stella: Only if they smell good and taste good.
Me: So only if they are stinky and taste like garbage, right?
Stella: Is there a problem with that?
Me: A human problem, yes. Look, I will try to keep the nighttime bulldog disturbances to a minimum.
Stella: I like it when you and I go camping, just the two of us. And we sleep in your little cloth house…
Me: The tent?
Stella: Yes, and you have lots of blankets and we eat stuff you bring and it is just the two of us. And it is quiet.
Me: Quiet, yes, except for big rigs rolling down the highway and except for coyotes baying all night long as they go hunting.
Stella: Wait. What? I don’t remember that. I didn’t hear that. Coyotes?
Me: Yes. I stayed awake part of the night, listening.
Stella: I had no idea.
Me: You slept soundly all night long.
Stella; What about you?
Me: I slept and I awakened and I listened. That was my job.
Stella: I had no idea.
Me: Yes, that was your job.
Stella: S0 it appears that we have been watching out for each other.
Me: It would appear so.
Stella: Thank you, Lady Human.
Me: Thank you, Stella.
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