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My puppy is smarter than I am and I don’t want to admit it.

penny and pamela. Penny, the dog, is smarter than I am

Penny, the puppy, is smarter than I am.

Penny was born on December 14th, 2013. Penny is six months and eleven days old. I am fifty-five years, eight months, and seven days old.

I hate to admit it. But it’s true. The puppy is really smarter than I am. Me, the adult person. Me the human with opposable thumbs is not as smart as a dog.

Penny wakes up at five in the morning. Every morning. And she goes to bed at the same time every night. She doesn’t stay up late reading random stories on Facebook, or watching videos on YouTube.

She is tired and she goes to sleep. 

Penny, the puppy, has a regular sleep schedule. Did she read the article on sleep disorders.about.com on the importance of waking up at the same time every day? Or maybe the puppy read Health Tip #8: Go to bed at the same time each night from Stepping Stone – Acupuncture and Wellness?

Every night I stay up later than the puppy. Some nights I go to bed at eleven. Some nights I go to bed at midnight. And some nights I fall asleep in a chair in the living room holding a book in my hands, and I crawl up the stairs to my bed at three in the morning when a cat wakes me up.

I stay up late even though I know the puppy will wake up at  five the next morning and want to go outside to poop.

And every morning when she wakes up at five I think, “Again?”

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

So not only is the puppy smarten than I am. I am also insane. Every morning I hope the puppy will sleep until six or seven, and every morning she wakes up at five.

Today Penny woke up at five again. Last night I was in bed by ten. My first day of being  almost as smart as the puppy. She was asleep by nine. Tonight I will go to bed when the puppy does.

I will tell you tomorrow what time that was.

Do you go bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning? Maybe we should all follow the example of Penny, the puppy with good sleep habits.

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.

Penny and Pamela “Selfie” Bloopers


Blooper #1


Blooper #2

Blooper #2


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  • Kathy Storrie

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Penny is a true inspiration of being punctually dedicated to getting enough sleep. I’ll have to say I’m a night owl llike you. I have no animal to teach me how to get enough sleep. My husband tried to inspire me to go to bed earlier but now he goes to bed late, too, because of me. Oh, well. we are retired and just sleep later.

  • kathunsworth

    Pamela I think you have the same issue as me when the kids go to bed ITS MY TIME and I read, watch a show or write till late. Its the only time we get when nobody wants us to do something for them. I have learned to go to bed earlier though on the nights I am tired. I hope you find a good balance, Puppy does not have the same challenges as you and so Puppy is not smarter, just not filled with a busy mind and life as we are…

    • Hello Kath,
      Yes, when the kids go to bed, it is MY TIME. I just need to chose between night time or early morning. I tend to want both. And that leaves me sleeping during the day.
      Looking for balance is a good idea.

  • La McCoy

    Oh Penny,
    I am so happy to see you and your fine human mom.
    I have missed you and Pooh and Martha so much.
    Everyday I ask my mom to ask how you are doing and she does not.
    You look like you are growing up to be a fine lady doggie.
    You have the sleep and pooph schedule down!
    So what are your goals for the next part of your life?
    You are one quarter adult now.
    Love you,
    Puppy Advocate
    Ps mom loved the bloopers.

    • Hello Edelweiss and La McCoy,
      Thank you for stopping in to say hello.
      It is always nice to hear from you.

  • Sue Sutherlin

    Regrettably, I must also be insane, because I stay up too late most of the time (it seems if I go to bed too early, I wake in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep, and then I am really dragging by the afternoon). However, I do take our dog out for a late, before-bed walk so that she doesn’t need to ‘go’ so early. Not that it matters, because I still have to be up early to send my husband off to work with hot coffee, breakfast, and food in his lunch box (he leaves at 5:30 AM). We don’t have a fenced yard, so the dog really does need to be taken out, not just let out.

    • Hello Sue,
      What time did your dog wake up today?
      Your husband does leave early. How sweet of you to send him to work with a full stomach and a lunch.
      Kindness really shows love more than just words.
      Were you insane last night? Or did you go to sleep at the same time as your dog?

  • Really enjoyed your post about the smart puppy. My friend who lives in a small town twenty miles south of me, and to whose home I’m making weekly trips to help her with a project, has a 13-year-old greyhound, a racing-rescue, named Roy. Roy is just the *sweetest* dog! He’s a grey tuxedo (white markings chest & feet). Always glad to see me, and periodically comes nuzzling at my hand to be petted as my friend and I work in her livingroom, to which she responds sternly, “Roy, go lay down!” It’s a trip.

    ANY-way, she told me the exact same thing about Roy as you say of your puppy — Roy gets up every day at 5 am without fail! Ready to go outside & take care of business.

    Greyhounds get charlie-horses (leg cramps) and she says Roy cries when that happens, and she massages the leg until it goes away. But just lately, there’s been a more insidious form of pain for him: he now has arthritis. Last week the day I was there, was a bad day for Roy, I heard him cry for the first time, and he cried a good bit. He goes to a very good vet my friend has known for many years, and they have Roy on a regimen of doggie arthritis medicine, but he still has good days and bad days. This medicine is expensive as all get-out, and the vet hopes to switch him over to baby aspirin eventually, which would be easier on my friend’s budget, but I wonder if that will work. We shall see. Pets are so mortal, aren’t they? We always outlive ’em.

    I love dogs. FRIENDLY dogs!

    • Hello John,
      Thank you for writing. How was Roy the last time you saw him? I pray his pain is gone and the baby aspirin work. Dogs are like family.
      My problem is I am a night-owl and an early-bird, so I stay up late but I still wake up with the sunrise.
      Perhaps I need to just pick one bird. The owl or the robin. Not both.
      Yes, friendly dogs are more agreeable than unfriendly ones.

      • Roy was feeling pretty spry when I last saw him on the 4th! He was in the farthest corner of my friend’s spacious backyard when I got out of the car, and when he saw it was me, he sprinted, and I mean *Greyhound Sprinted*, to the near fence next to my car. Lordy, that dog can move! Still. He seems to be doing better, and it counldn’t happen to a nicer canine!

  • Oh, no. It sounds like you need to revisit Early to Rise.

    • Hi Shelley,
      The Early to Rise is not the problem, the Early to Bed is the problem. Oh dear.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Going to bed at the same time every day is the smartest thing anyone could ever do for their health, so yes, that makes animals pretty smart. We’ll see if Pamela follows through with going to bed when the dog does. 🙂

    • Hi Mom,
      I did. Now to go to bed at the same time every night.

  • Heather C Button

    Love this. Just wondering if cats are as smart because they conserve their energy, not just stay on schedule. (And thanks for posting in the WANA facebook group.)