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I'd Like To Feel That Safe And Protected

Last night while I was watching television Ace joined me in my chair for some pats. After he felt sufficiently paid attention to, he snuggled down in his nook next to me in the chair and promptly fell asleep. He looked so peaceful and content that I just had to get a picture.

K commented, upon seeing him there, that Ace knew he could rest safe and sound because his daddy was there to protect him. I remember when my boys were little, how they would fall asleep in my arms while I sat in my chair watching television. They must have felt the same sense of safety and security that Ace feels.

With this thought in mind I tried to remember the last time I felt as safe and secure and realized it must have been too long in the past for me to recall. It was probably when I was in the Army and I slept knowing men I trusted with my life were on guard. Even then, I slept with a part of my mind on alert for trouble.

These days, though, I do sleep more soundly at night with the dogs in the room with us. While Ace may sleep soundly when in my chair and he knows I'm awake and alert, we switch roles when I go to sleep and he and Ginger take over the role of keeping the family safe.

So maybe I was wrong. I can't think back to the last time because, thanks to Ace and Ginger, I get to sleep securely every night, knowing there is someone on guard, keeping watch for me.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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markgraham wrote on September 26, 2015, 12:06 PM

This reminds of my dog and my dad for my dog would curl up beside my dad anytime he sat down in any room.

LoudMan wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:00 PM

Heck, I remember when my kids felt safe with me. I'll always resent losing that. It's a guy thing. No women's comments needed.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:18 PM

That is how Bunny tries to sleep beside me in my chair but she is too big to curl like that with me there. He looks very comfy

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:57 PM

If the dogs raise the alarm, I have other deterrents close by.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:58 PM

I understand completely.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:59 PM

He's my velcro dog. When I'm home and he's inside, he sticks close.

MegL wrote on September 26, 2015, 3:27 PM

There was a charlie brown cartoon from years ago on this subject. Must see if I can find it. Edit, here it is

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DWDavisRSL wrote on September 26, 2015, 7:09 PM

I don't know that I agree completely with the sentiment. K is able to sleep when I'm driving on a long trip. On a ride home after a long weekend on the USS Yorktown with the Cub Scouts, she slept from Charleston, SC until we stopped for dinner in Lumberton, NC. Her and both the boys. They knew Dad had things well in hand.

Paulie wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:00 AM

You are very fortunate to have Ace and Ginger keep you safe and protected.

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 11:25 AM

When I had my dog, it did help me feel a bit more secure. But if he did bark in the night, I had to decide whether to get worried or assume it was a rabbit or deer in the yard.