Posted March 10th, 2014, 12:59 PM
Cindy, I wish I could say that about Horton. He still is easily "spooked" by outside noises and sometimes will lay at my feet and follow me around like a lost soul. Brenda knew [sensed] when and where to be in relationship to me after about a year.
Of course she didn't have another dog in our house when she first came home, she was "top dog" always. I'm told that it's also the "boy" dog thing that they're not as intuitive as girls. He's sure a love and much more cuddly than Brenny ever was.
I have got to share how it goes when Diana is in the hospital. (Gibson does not like knocking nor does he like our doorbell.) Because she is on a ventilator 24/7 the only place she can be cared for in the hospital is ICU. So twice now, once a year ago and the other just this past weekend, Gibson and I have stayed in the room with his mommy for several days. He is very easily startled, especially in the middle of the night from a deep sleep.
Last year Diana was getting breathing treatments every four hours around the clock. Which means that twice in the night a technician from respiratory therapy (RT) would come in to her room. When he isn't on the bed with his mommy Gibson likes to sleep so that he can see under the curtain and monitor the hallway for activity. One night a young man from RT, who did not know of Gibson's presence, literally
popped into the room for the treatment. You can probably picture the response from our sleeping giant. He jumped up and gave his most scary "this is an intruder" bark. I have never seen someone exit a hospital room faster! The RT man jumped backwards out of the room faster than he had come in. All the nurses had a good laugh, and it was at least an hour before the young man returned for the treatment. The nurses posted a sign warning folks not to knock before entering, and that there was a service dog in the room
Again this weekend there was a don't knock sign posted on her door. One of the folks who check the equipment was coming in to verify the numbers on her machines. He didn't see the sign, and gave Gibson and himself quite a start resulting in the same "intruder alert" bark. Then the man went to get a nurse to make sure all was okay before he came back to the room.
Yesterday morning we were waiting for the doctor to come in for the discharge discussion. I guess doctors don't read signs either because he came in after knocking, also forgetful of Gibson's presence. (He had met Gibson Friday night when Diana was admitted.) Again the "intruder alert" from Gibson. However, because doctors are fearless all he did was give Gibson a grumpy look.
Our family has such a good laugh every time we think about or tell someone about Gibson's hospital stays.