The story that follows describes the experience of a woman who was repeatedly visited by a dog she had never met before. The dog would wander into her garden, then enter her home where it would promptly go to sleep. Later, when the dog awoke, it would leave in the same relaxed manner it had arrived. The woman was curious as to where the dog came from, and why it was visiting her, which she thought was only to get some sleep. The dog was not a stray, the woman decided, because it looked well fed and was well groomed with a healthy appearance. To find out why the dog was visiting the woman every day, read what follows.


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The dog arrived one day and walked slowly up to the woman. He looked calm and friendly, and was well groomed. His collar and appearance meant that he was obviously well cared for. The woman patted the dog on the head and as she went into her house he followed her in. The dog then curled up in a corner of her hall, and went straight to sleep. About an hour later the dog woke up and went to the door. The woman opened the door and let the dog out. The dog continued to visit the woman every day for several weeks, and each time he would just go to sleep, then go to the door to be let out an hour later. The woman would open the door and the dog would leave.

One day the woman decided that she would try to find out why the dog was visiting her to sleep. She decided that she would attach a note to the dog's collar, hoping that the dog's owner would read it and reply. The woman wrote the note which said: 'I would very much like to know who this lovely dog belongs to. I wonder if you understand why he visits my home every day to sleep for an hour or so.' The next day the dog arrived again at the usual time and there was a note pinned to his collar. The woman read the note, which said: 'This dog lives in a home where there are 6 children. 2 of the children are under the age of 3. Things can get pretty noisy some times! He is trying to catch up on the sleep he misses because of the children. Please may I visit you with him tomorrow?'


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Every parent will sympathise with the dog when remembering how tiring having small children can be. Much as anyone loves small children they can be demanding. Sleep can be something that is hard to come by when small children need caring for. Little ones can make life difficult for our canine brothers and sisters as well, and this story shows just how one dog tackled the problem. A warm, welcoming and quiet place to sleep was all this particular dog needed to get on with life amongst the little ones in his home. Perhaps his owner wanted to join him for a short rest too!