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Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Memories-Fiona's Gift

 Fiona at four months

Fiona has a gift.  I would have never known it if my husband hadn't coaxed me into letting the Zappa and Fiona sleep with me while he was away.  I always believed dogs shouldn't be allowed on the bed, especially at night, but seeing that I was going to be alone, I let him talk me into it.

Zappa and Fiona were about four months old when I let them start sleeping with me.  After being smashed between them to the point I couldn't move, I began to think twice about our sleeping arrangements. After several nights of this, I decided to keep them in their crates for one night.  I was in need of a good nights rest and I thought this was how I was the only way I was going to get it.

I am prone to nightmares and racing thoughts and this night was no different.  I struggled trying to calm my mind, but found myself in a sheer state of panic.  I jumped out of bed and let Fiona and  Zappa out of their crates and hurried back to bed.  Fiona jumped up on the bed and just stared at me with a look of, "I am your protector, please let me do my nighttime job.  That is why I am here."  I thanked her over and over in relief as she slammed up against my legs and soothed my soul into a restful sleep.  It was then that I understood the power of this little puppy that would continue until this day.

Now her crate is always left open and she sleeps with me every night.  Here's Fiona's gift:  It is the timing of when she gets on the bed.  It is always when my nightmares and scary thoughts are starting to let loose.  She is on the bed in minutes without a word between us.  Every time.  Every time she is right there as those demons start taking hold and she comes to my rescue driving them out.  It is her gift and her job and she takes it very seriously.  It is a gift of rare beauty and one I shall never take for granted.
       Fiona now


Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

The wonderful thing is that you know how lucky you are to have Fiona and appreciate her gift so much. Many people take their pets for granted and never give them an opportunity to show how much help they can be.

I salute you both.

Pamela said...

Sometimes an evening of good rest is far better than an evening of good sleep. I'm glad Fiona is such a comfort to you (even if she probably hogs the covers).

jen said...

What a special girl! It seems like she is really in tuned to your needs! She is your protector:)

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

What a sweet story and a very special girl!!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Sage said...

It always amazes me to watch how attune our best buds are to what's going on with us. Fiona is very special!

houndstooth said...

Some dogs definitely have a stronger tie to the sixth sense than others! Fiona sounds like she has a definite gift! :)

brudy1120 said...

As someone else who suffers from panic attacks, I can truely understand how wonderful this must be for you. I am so glad that you have her to help you. I told my husband, the best way I can describe waking up like that is "waking from a nightmare in a strange place, all alone, not knowing where you are."

Khady Lynn said...

That is an incredibly special gift for sure!


How Sam Sees It said...

Mom gets pretty bad headaches and her medicine causes her to have nightmares. It's a relief to find Sam (ok, or her husband! :) ) in bed in the middle of the night!


Bailey Be Good! said...

It's amazing what doggies can do. I'm still searching for my special talent. :)

Woofs & hugs,


Pup Fan said...

Aw... Fiona is wonderful. :)

FiveSibesMom said...

What a perceptive sweet girl and truly a gift indeed!