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Eko’s Winter Pacifier

By this point in my life, I should know better than to open my big mouth.  I was just telling someone how much I loved the mild fall we’re having here, and not four hours later it starts snowing.

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Eko enjoyed watching the first flurries of the season

Up until this week, Eko the blanket monster has kept warm with just blankets. But now that colder weather is here to stay, blankets alone just won’t do.


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Eko loves Emily, and while this photo may look lovey-dovey, Eko is really jockeying for space.  Why?

Rhodesian Ridgeback, adventure, dogs, marking our territory, chicago, photos, winter, dog Because he always has to be closest to his winter pacifier, the space heater

For the most part, it’s warmer, cheaper and easier for me to use a space heater during the day.  Actually, it’s always warmer and cheaper, but it’s never easier. Because this is what happens when I bring the space heater by my desk…


Oh, really?

“And just what do you think you’re doing over here, Will?”

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I sit on a rolling chair, so Eko has learned to nudge me over so that he can plant himself right in front of the heater

Dogs are no fools, they know that if we like something, there is a good chance they will like it too.  Now that Eko knows how nice the space heater is, there’s no getting around him using it.  The nice part though is that I know if I put his winter pacifier in front of the couch…

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He’s fast asleep in no time

As for me?  I guess I’ll be wearing a lot of extra sweaters this winter.

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23 Comments

Love that last picture!! Eko is smart and he knows where to find warmth and comfort for sure. Maybe a larger space heater would serve you both. This post made me laugh that sweet Eko is one fun dog! Hugs and nose kisses

I love your stories, Will. I too was going to suggest a second space heater. One of our cats has a heated bed so she manages to stay cozy that way. Our arthritic cat didn’t like it at all, which surprised me. She likes body heat more than anything, preferring someone’s lap first (preferably my husband’s) and if not, a blanket on the boys beds.

I’m in love with Eko. There…I said it. 🙂

Sharing on Facebook, too.

Eko and you are super cool! Kicki is my RR and I know how to make her happy! Sorry! Cant give you a link. Hug Eko! Markus and Kicki from Sweden!

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