Ever since we got back from our vacation, Pearl has not been acting like herself. She has actually been, dare I say it, CALM. After she walks and eats in the morning, she sleeps until 2:30 or so. After her afternoon walk, she will go back to sleep until we feed her dinner. I’m almost sort of concerned, although she hasn’t been acting sick and her appetite is as good as ever. It just seems like every time I turn around she is doing this:

or this (she crawled into that spot next to me, I didn’t sit on her, for the record):

or this:

I don’t get it. Is she just getting older and calming down? Is she sick? Are we boring her? She is actually sleeping next to me as I write this and normally she would at least be nosing the keyboard and making me accidentally write things in caps lock. I always thought that I would be incredibly grateful and relieved if Pearl ever slept all day, but it is just so unlike her that I can’t even enjoy the peacefulness. It just feels weird!

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About Pearl the Puppy

Pearl is just over 40 lbs of energy mixed with a pinch of crazy. We adopted her in March 2011 from a St. Louis rescue organization called Impact for Animals (now Pet Rescue Network). We are unsure about her age, but we are guessing she was born in Fall 2010. Her background is anybody's guess, but we are pretty sure that she has at least some sighthound in her. She's a whole lot of trouble but a whole lot of fun.

7 thoughts on “Zzzz….

  1. Aww! I love the idea that she is just mellowing out, but if she were, I don’t think you would see such a drastic difference. I would suggest getting her checked for all the tick diseases (lyme, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis). All of these can slow them down without changing much else. Last year, Daph was suddenly satisfied with one 20-minute walk a day. First, awesome, and second, not healthy. It’s a quick blood test, and if you ask for it specifically you might even get out of paying an office visit 🙂 Ticks have been really bad this year, so it’s definitely worth looking into!

  2. It’s always a good idea to check out any health problems when there’s a rather sudden change in activity. But, she could just be getting out of that puppy stage where it’s go, go, go all the time.

  3. Maybe she was just taking an extended rest to recover from the trip. Today (of course, when I have a major paper due tomorrow) she is her normal self, whining at the door, getting into the dirty laundry, vigilant at the window and barking at everything that goes by when all I want her to do is GO TO SLEEP FOR AN HOUR.

  4. i completely agree that you should talk to your vet. i tend to be on the paranoid side of possible medical issues, but i really do believe in better safe than sorry. that being said, i’ve seen this kind of thing from desmond (also part greyhound) after even just a busy weekend when we’ve carted him around places and he wasn’t able to sleep all day as he usually does. he was like this also after he came back from a few days at the dog sitter–who had three other dogs in the house. i believe it’s fairly normal for a dog to sleep 16-18 hours a day, which is kind of crazy, especially if you have a dog like you or i do (when they’re awake, they’re AWAKE!!! PAY ATTENTION TO ME I’M AWAKE!!!).

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