FALL BACK


I never know whether to say Daylight Saving has begun or has ended.  At any rate, it just fell back, which always leads to a flurry of clock stoppings and startings.  You are never sure you got all of them straightened out until it’s time to change again.  I wish the powers that be would make up their mind.  The clock in the car waits patiently until it is time to spring forward again.

As people, we know we are going to gain or lose an hour of sleep, but try and tell that to the dogs.  I had not realized it before, but Charlie lives by the clock.  Breakfast is as soon as you get yourself out of a warm bed .  Norbert the postman, is a lovely chatty fellow, and Charlie senses his arrival at least a half hour before he actually arrives by lying by the front door and groaning slightly.  At three o’clock it is imperative that he check out the neighborhood with Dr. A.  Of course now, with the time change, all this takes place an hour earlier.  We had a visitor the other day and Charlie was his most obnoxious self, whining, begging pitifully, and generally making a nuisance of himself.  I looked at my clock and fount it was two o’clock, which according to him, was three o’clock walk time.  The afternoon feeding schedule is the same.  He has always chosen to go outside at ten, which is OK, but now that happens at nine, just as the clocks are chiming.

Since most dogs, Charlie included, sleep about 18 hours a day, it is surprising to me that his schedule has hit a bump, or that he notices it.  Once more he reminds me that you can’t underestimate a dog’s brain.  It’s best to simply go along with it.  It would be interesting to know what other pets suffer the same confusion.

 

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

23 thoughts on “FALL BACK”

  1. Very hilarious, Kayti.
    Humans might never reach that sort of level of sensitivity that Charley and Milo have reached. Milo is forever teaching us new tricks and skills to get through life. One of them is to ignore time and go with the flow and rhythm of nature. My car-clock is now at zero since a new battery was put in two days ago and Milo tells us not to muck about with the electronics.

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      1. I think it is the JRT thing. For years he made us believe we had him on a leash while in fact it is the other way around. He takes us for walk but is considerate enough and always stops at the first available public toilet.

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  2. Great blog post Aunt Kayti! Dinah is still on Daylight Saving Time. At 4:00 pm, she is ready for dinner. Starts pestering, now, at 3:30. I wish she would sleep 18 hours a day!
    Although nine years old, she is up and around constantly. Wakes up very early. Puts herself to bed earlier. I see Curt asked how long this will last. I’m guessing about one week.

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    1. I’m thinking the same time. It really is interesting to me though. I never noticed it before. Charlie as you know will be eleven next month and is still very active (too much so for decrepit oldsters!) But we should have known it when we saw him at 7 weeks.

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  3. As in the canine world, so in the feline. It happens every year in this household, and it’s the only downside to the change that I experience.

    Dixie Rose grows accustomed over time to getting her bedtime treat between 9:30 and 10 p.m. and she consistently wakes me at 5 a.m. Now, she starts begging for treats at 8:30 or so, and is bound and determined to get me up at 4 a.m. It will take two or three weeks to get back on schedule, but until then? Her insistence is vocal, and loud. If I try turning my back to her at 4 a.m., she’ll jump on the bed and howl into my ear. Somehow she knows that’s the spot where she can be most effective — and she is.

    I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep, soon.

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    1. I wondered about Dixie Rose! It stands to reason that they mark the important parts of their day by the hours. I don’t know which would be worse; a dog jumping in top of you or a kitty howling in your ear. Charlie fortunately is already on the bed, and just groans pitifully. Of course, they don’t have a lot to look forward to during the day so we have to give them a little slack.

      I remember traveling up the coast to Washington when each state was uin a different time zone. Years ago traveling across the country was ridiculous with the time changes. They would do well to take it off altogether.

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  4. It seems to me that most people look a little tired and frazzled after a time change, no matter whether the clock went backwards or forward. There is a lot of talk in Canada about doing away with DST altogether. Why not?

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  5. This is a charming post that captures both human and animal reactions to our twice yearly, imposed clock adjustment for no good reason as far as I can see. I’m with Charlie. I spend a fair amount of time whining, begging and making a nuisance of myself when we spring forward and again when we fall back, though I think the fall back is the worst.

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