Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crazy Couch Sleeper

In her early years, Payton was always on the furniture.  She claimed the back of the couch and the left corner where she could survey the entire house and look out the sidelight windows of the front door.  Then after she hurt her back, climbing and jumping were off limits.  It wasn't until about a year ago or less that Tim and I became a little lax on those rules.  Instead of going back to her spot on the couch, she much preferred the right corner on the loveseat.  Probably because one of us was usually already sitting there and she wanted to squeeze her way on to a warm spot.  And yes, we always moved for her.  I think she also wanted to be with us.  She was particularly clingy the last 6 months or so, and I am grateful for that.  After I lost my seat, I took these pictures of her in February of this year.


When mom lets me, or when I just do it anyway, I hop up on the loveseat and take my spot in the corner.  Mom thinks it's scary that I can get so comfortable and never kink my neck.

Sometimes I curl up.

Sometimes I stretch out.

Ok, I'll admit, maybe it's a bit scary too.



She was always a good sleeper, but never snored all that much like many pugs do.  I miss her demanding the loveseat corner, demanding I make room for her on my lap, demanding cuddle time.  She was a great snuggle bunny.  I miss my bedtime partner.  Even if I start out in the middle of the bed, I find myself waking up on the edge where I always did because of some furry bed hog (no need to name names here).  There was always some body part of hers in my face during the night.  Sadly mostly her behind, but often I'd wake up to find her head right next to mine on my pillow.  I miss that.  I just miss you, Payton.



A Day in the Life of Pugs said...

It is funny the way they twist their little bodies ... it looks like it would be so uncomfortable but never seems to bother them!

And you are right about bedhogs! With four pugs in a king size bed ... sometimes I have all four snuggled with me and sometimes they all snuggle with their dad!

Right now I have two (Webster & Liberty) on my lap so I'm sitting here with the laptop on the arm of the chair ... not to comfy for me but they are sleeping so I can't disturb them!

I love your posts ... Thank your for continuing to share the stories of Payton's life!

Love, Ellen & the pugs
Zoe, Peyton, Webster & Liberty

Punchbugpug said...

Surprising how something so small becomes such a big part of life! Thanks for continuing to share your times with Miss P, it can't be easy.

Hound Girl said...

Im glad your still blogging and I think its great that you still are sharing all the wonderful memories of Payton, Im the same way. Its funny its these little things we take for granted with our little furry ones. Their memories will live on with us.

tubby3pug said...

We miss Payton so much too, I can only imagine what you must feel. I am glad you are still blogging and sharing Payton with us. Dogs remind us of the simple joys in life and Payton clearly did that for you. Hold on to her memory and then go forward and enjoy life some more in her honor

urban hounds

Sammy and Neko said...

We miss her too, Christy. One h*ll of a diva, Payton !
Glad you are blogging. It should give you energy to repair your broken heart, cuz we love you, Christy as much as we love Payton.
Anything we can do, please let us know.

Your friends,
Sammy and Neko and the humans~

moPSY+MISIOber said...

I read every single post and every time I do I cry :( at the moment I can't help it :( Gosia

Meredith LeBlanc said...

I love that Payton & Scarlet have the same habits. If I'm on the couch, she has to be on the couch right next to me or on top of me. In bed, sadly her hind end is in my face mostly too. These pugs are so wonderful to share themselves with us in their demanding ways.

I'll think of Payton now when Scarlet orders me to move over :)

Meredith & Scarlet

Pearl said...


You and Tim remain on my mind so much right now. Thanks for continuing to share these posts. Sometimes it's when the initial shock wears off and a new "normal" starts to carry on that the true grief sets in. The void.

I am praying for your comfort today.

Kelly & Pearl

Nancy Medina said...

Dear Angel Payton, this here is AnnieBelly, Mom says you are up there in heaven with my sissy Winnie Wiggles and you two are sharing the softest cloud and first in line at the all you can eat ice cream sundae buffet. I love seeing pictures of you from your mommy that make her happy and are her treasures. I hope memories of you give your sweet mama comfort. Next time I see your mama, I'll give her a big kiss for you, although I won't share my toys. Sharing is totally overrated.
love with kisses with little hearts as dots for the "i's",

Idaho PugRanch said...

HA! must be a pug thing. Mom was just asking me last night as I settled next to her on the bed - "Why do you always lay with your butt towards me?!" And Bailey does the same thing on the other side, HA HA. We think of you everyday.
Love your sweet posts,
Hazel & Bailey (and Mom too).

dw said...

Those are darling pictures of Payton! I don't see how that position can be comfortable, but then again I'm not a pug! I'm so glad you are remembering the good times with Payton, and sharing them with us! *hugs*

Michelle + Myko said...

I love these posts! I pretty much make it impossible for my mom to get comfortable sometimes, and like you she totally does whatever is necessary so that I have the utmost comfort, even if her legs have fallen asleep.
I can't imagine how many little interactions that the two of you probably had throughout the day (starting at 3:30 with her pill:), and I cannot imagine the heartache you must feel now that you can no longer share them. But Payton is still with you in spirit, and including her in a conversation or two is totally recommended (my mom talks to herself all the time:) Hang in there!

Pug Love

Angel Yoda, Brutus & Ellie said...

Thank you for sharing with us. Yoda used to steal mom's spot on the couch all of the time. It is the simple little things that we always miss the most.

Pugs & Kisses,

Brutus & Ellie

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Yes, we love seeing these photos of Payton- snuggling on the sofa, and reading your words about how she liked to cuddle!
Thank you for sharing!
You gave Payton such love, and I am hearing Payton words right now- (from up on that cloud withAnnieBee),
that she was so thankful for all that love you gave her- and she wishes other puggies could experience that special kind of love that your family gave to her.

PugSlope.com said...

I'm sorry I haven't commented on the last couple posts. I have been reading every new post, but it's been hard for me to keep from leaking because I miss Payton. My family and I are keeping you guys in our thoughts every day.

Miss P sure knew how to get comfortable! It looks like she's dreaming in those last few photos. I do that half-open-eyes thing when I'm in deep sleep. Yeah, it looks a little creepy but it's a small price to pay for a good rest.


Tamara Watson said...

I've watched our pugs contort into all different positions, using anything available as a chin rest.

Rupert and I are enjoying the posthumous posts. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I have 6 pugs on the bed and sometimes find myself clinging to the edge of the bed, they are hogging all the room. Hate to move them, they look so comfortable.

I have a pug puppies due next week, all my pugs names start with P ( because pugs like to pee). I am going to name one of the puppy's Payton after the one and only pugnacious P.

Thank you for continuing to share her life with us. We all miss her too.

Rumpydog said...

awwwwww..... Payton sure looked cozy there!

Hank said...

Awwwww....these pics are so sweet!

I know you miss your little bed buddy. That must be hard, but something tells me a furry little angel kisses your cheek each night.

Kitty+Coco said...

Oh my! So hilarious. Scary but too cute. Gosh I know you miss her. The sleeping at night would be SO hard to adjust to. Sniff sniff.


Southern Fried Pugs said...

Pugs must have spines of spaghetti! Quincy used to sleep like that, except the opposite. Instead of having his chin propped up, he would be on the dog bed with his head on the floor. Isabelle is in the Payton camp, preferring to have her head propped up and butt toward me.