The barking border collie blues


By Vicki Scott

Last Friday night, I was scheduled to help in a local business the next day. Bedtime came and I promptly went to bed. Before that, I set out all the clothes I planned to wear and snacks for the day. I felt ready but I could not sleep. I flipped over several times before my husband Alan asked what was wrong. I told him I could not sleep. He told me to just close my eyes, as if I had not already tried that.

I had worked part-time for the family who owned the business before we moved to Glencoe. It made me a little nervous about the changes that I might not have known while trying to work with customers. With this whirlwind of a life, I knew it would be nice break, but my nerves were getting the best of me.

I laid back and closed my eyes. However, thoughts came to my mind about things I needed to do, people I needed to get in touch with and bills I needed to pay. I opened my eyes and looked at the clock. It was 10:20 p.m. We had just gone to bed at 10. I got up and took some Z-Quill. It kicked in about 12:30 a.m. and I went to bed to get some sleep.

At about 2 a.m., our dogs started barking. Sandy, our border collie that looks like a yellow lab, did not bark much. Reba, our border collie that looks like a border collie, would not stop barking. I got up and turned the outside lights on to see if it would help stop her from barking. It did not.

After a few minutes, I remembered that Alan had ordered some collars from Amazon a few years ago that made our dogs stop barking. I do not know how it works; I just know it works. I looked for and eventually found the collars. I tried to turn them on only to find the battery dead. So, I tried to wait it out.

At about 4 a.m., the barking finally stopped. I crashed on the couch until 7 a.m. and woke up exhausted. It turned out that my friend’s trip was cancelled, and they did not need me to come in and work. I was disappointed, but I praise God that I had the option of going back to bed.

Hopefully, I will sleep better this time.

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