Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie – the story of an old dog and what was once my chair

This is Digger.


Sleeping Digger


Digger is our oldest dog. He is a Maltese rescued from Tenn and we don’t have a clue as to how old he is, we only know that he has arthritis, is missing a lot of teeth, has a hole in his sinuses, has tumors, is blind, and can’t hear a thing.

But that’s all okay because we love this dog to death.

See this chair? It used to be where I sat when I read the paper and drank my coffee in the morning but then Digger discovered it.

Let sleeping dogs lie, I say.

And see that blanket? It’s not really a blanket, it’s a winter coat that one of the kids has outgrown. We use it to keep our little dog-whose hair is thinning as quickly as any old man’s- warm now that the weather has gotten cold.

After Digger wakes and goes outside and then has a bite or two to eat, we wrap him in the jacket and little dog shirts and let him sleep the day away. Everyone who passes the chair either calls out to him “Good boy, Digg” knowing that he can’t hear our good wishes or gives him a quick pat on his head being careful not to put pressure on a cyst up there. When we want to wake him, we have to create vibrations by thumping on the chair’s arm rest so that he can “feel” us calling to him.

He’s no bother to anyone. And while I know that his body is slowly shutting down and that someday – probably sooner rather than later – Digger will no longer be with us – until he’s in pain or discomfort, he’s welcome to my chair, our blankets, our kisses, and hugs.

Let sleeping dogs lie, I say.


Filed under Life Lessons, Personal, Teaching kids, The Family, The kids, The puppies

7 responses to “Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie – the story of an old dog and what was once my chair

  1. Kim

    awwww. this one brings a tear to my eye. LOVE dogs.

  2. Hey sis: Isn’t this the little guy who got lost only a few months ago? Looks like he had his last hurrah and now gets to dream about it! Glad you are taking good care of him–but of course!

    • wethomas


      Good eye, this is indeed the same one that went AWOL on us this summer. He keeps surprising us, I swear that there are times I don’t think he’ll even make it to the morning but like a good Timex watch, he just keeps ticking. As long as he has warm blankets, I’m sure he’ll just hunker down for the winter and we’ll see him again sometime in the spring.


  3. Teddie Lyons

    Digger sure looks relaxed in your chair. It is sad that our pets age faster than we do. He is lucky that he found a good home. Is this the little dog that Pat traveled with to bring him to NH?

    • wethomas


      The one that Pat brought up is Pippin. Digger is the one I flew to Pat’s house to get. He’s a great little dog with a huge personality. We don’t mind sharing our chair (or our lives) with him at all 🙂


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