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.