Photo: Fanta, a fat brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy) lying on pillows in a bed with pink and floral bedding. Caption reads: "I got the bed to myself."

Bed by Fantasia Dog

The human sets an alarm on her phone for when she plans to wake up. Then she sleeps through it. Sometimes she plans to go somewhere in the morning, and misses out because she doesn’t get up in time.

You might not know this about me, but I’m a watch dog. I always know what time it is. I know when it’s time for my breakfast and time for my dinner. I know when it’s time for bed at night. Often, I have to tell the human what time it is. (Oh, the human says knowing the time isn’t what a watch dog does. Well, I’m a time-telling dog, whatever you call that.)

I know when it’s time to wake up. So sometimes, I try to wake the human up. Often, I’ll wake her a minute or two before the alarm goes off. Then we get up, and I show the human my food bowl, because it’s time for my breakfast.

We had a bad night the other night. The human is still getting over COVID and has coughing fits at times. She had lots of coughing fits that night, and kept me awake. Then Princess got the human up a couple of times, once because she wanted her litter tray scooped, and once because she was lonely and wanted the human to play. Well all those things woke me up as well.

When it was time for the morning alarm, I was still tired. I did my job anyway. I woke the human and told her she had to get up. Just after I woke her, the alarm went, so the human knew it really was time to get up.

She got out of bed, and said she’d get my breakfast.

Then I did something really sneaky. Instead of getting up, I moved to her end of the bed, the end with the pillows. I had the whole bed to myself, and I stretched out, and snuggled down in the pillows for a nice morning nap.

It’s all right, I eat dry food. My breakfast was still fine to eat when I was ready to get up.

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (Staffie) on a red couch, "smiling" at the camera.

Fantasia Dog

Fanta is a graduate of the Animal Welfare League Qld shelter, where she was known as Fantasia. On arrival at her forever home, her full name was declared too pretentious, and she became known as Fanta. Occasionally, when she emits noxious gases, she is known as Fartica or Fartica the Hellhound. She likes walks, playing, eating, more eating, and cats when they don’t bite her ears. She dislikes baths, cats when they do bite her ears, and dogs who bark at her when she’s out walking. Although she owns approximately a zillion toys, she only likes to play with Bear, Crocodile and Elephant.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. Such a good watch dog! Nothing wrong with a morning nap when your job is done! 💞💞💞

    My Daisy is NOT a morning dog….she refuses to wake up until at least 4 hours after me.

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