My house has become an interspecies battleground. The combatants – Snowball and Riley.

Snowball’s side:

1. She has her sleeping zone. It is a blanket on the floor by the bed. It defines a space the length of the bed and three feet wide. On this blanket she has other blankets arranged to her exact liking. Does a six pound dog take up all this space? No. But that doesn’t mean she wants to share.

2. Riley is a pain anyway. He can sleep on his choice of beds or couches. He only wants to sleep next to her to annoy her.

Riley’s side:

1. She’s not using the space so why can’t I sleep there?

2. I don’t even touch her.

The result:

Snowball will be fast asleep and Riley will come up and lay down. Snowball doesn’t wake up. They sleep peacefully until Snowball opens her eyes and notices Riley – usually about 2:00 AM. Then she lunges at him barking and snapping. He is unimpressed because she is half his size.

Now Snowball is so irritated that just the sight of Riley makes her mad no matter what time she sees him. He’ll be laying on the couch and she’s staring daggers at him. She’ll bark at him if he comes in the kitchen when she’s there. None of this really bothers him much but occasionally he’ll give her a cuff upside the head for insolence.

I’ve been locking him out of the bedroom at night so we can all sleep. I have Snowball at work today to keep her from thinking about Riley. Of course he’s probably spent the whole day sleeping on her blankets just to spite her!

One Reply to “This Means War!”

  1. *laughs* We had fights for a long time with one of our cats who kept creeping into bed with my older dachshund. Middle of the night, he’d be scratching at the side of the bed wanting to get in with us. I’d get up and check, and every time, that silly cat was curled up in his blankets.

    I don’t know why the cat wanted to sleep with him, and I don’t know why the dog came whining to me when the cat got in his bed. For Pete’s sake, he’s twice the size of the cat! He could easily have kicked the cat out. But instead, I would have to get up and kick the cat out of his bed for him. Eventually, we just closed the cat out of the bedroom at night.

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