A Salute To The Night Watch

On dark and stormy nights, most people change into their pajamas and enjoy the comforts of home before heading to bed, lulled to sleep by the rain.

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With flash flood warnings in effect, last night was perfect for staying indoors

Last night I sat on the couch – warm, dry and content.  At least I was warm, dry and content until I heard the alarm sound and was called to arms as a member of the Night Watch.

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My alarm sound is Eko sitting and whining that he wants to go outside

In every home with a dog, there is at least one member of the Night Watch.  The person who takes the dog out at night no matter what.  Rain, snow, alien invasion, it doesn’t matter – the dog still needs to go out!

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Of course, Eko’s favorite tree is down the block across the street, so there is no hiding from the elements for us

From my conversations with fellow members of the Night Watch I have found that we generally have the same uniform – a rain jacket, old boots/sandals and some beat up clothes we can leave by the door when we return from the field.

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Nighttime rainy scenes are nowhere near as romantic as Hollywood would lead you to believe

The Night Watch is not a noble job, but it is a necessary one.  We do our duty so that our pets may do theirs.  So today I would like to salute members of the Night Watch the world over – your work is appreciated!

28 thoughts on “A Salute To The Night Watch”

  1. Poor Will. I am very lucky because when we have horrible weather in Maryland, Alex learned to use our small backyard to do #1 and #2. The next day, I go and pick up #2 and take it to the garbage. It comes so handy when its raining like crazy or snowing or whenever the weather is just not fit for dogs or humans to be out.

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  2. Oh, the night watch is a lovely job here in Scandinavia at this time of year when it is bright light until at least 10PM! But I promise you, as your friend grows older, the night shifts get shorter! A 13 my dear friend is down to the closest bush and then quickly back home!

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      • Yes it is Lovely and as we head towards June the light will last even longer! Unfortunatly it only lasts a few months. In the winter time we have to get used to the darkness. In the darkest months of winter we only have a few hours of light every day…this is why if you ever visit Scandinavia make sure it will be in the summer time! 🙂

  3. Hee hee – love it! You are very noble. The Help is lazy, she’s got a garden for us and kicks us out by ourselves in the rain!

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  4. I salute you Will. It looks scary out there. When I had to walk our Buddy in the dark (6 months out of the year) I would always sing as I went in case anything thought of jumping out at us in the dark. I knew my singing would freak ‘it’ out and chase it away.

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