The Mystery of the Heated Blanket

This winter has been a cold war of sorts.  It’s been a battle to keep warm and we have used just about every weapon in the arsenal.


Rhodesian Ridgeback, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

Blankets, of course


Rhodesian Ridgeback, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

The space heater, when needed


Rhodesian Ridgeback, adventure, chicago, marking our territory


And roaring fires on the coldest of nights


In the never-ending fight to keep the cold at bay, it’s important to have as many heat sources as possible.  I recently purchased a heated blanket to use when I’m reading on the couch.




“Eko will have his blanket, I’ll have mine.  Perfect!” I thought


Predictably, my plan lasted all of five minutes.  Eko quickly discovered the heated blanket has powers no other blanket in my apartment can match.  When I sit on the couch and throw the blanket over my lap, Eko immediately snuggles up.

What’s interesting now is if I leave the heated blanket out, but turned off, Eko will still cozy up with it.


I guess he figures he can wait it out until whatever magic powers the heat comes back


“What a cute but silly dog you are,” I said.  “You can’t understand electricity,” I chuckled. But the fun and games stopped yesterday when I returned home from running errands in the morning. I had not used the heated blanket since the night before and the blanket also has a three hour timer.  But there was Eko, curled up on the couch.  And I could swear he was smirking.


“Who’s the silly one now, William??”


The theme of this post was supposed to be “The heated blanket is a mystery to Eko, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying it.”  Instead, the theme of this post is now “I’m unplugging the heated blanket before I leave the house because my dog is learning to operate electronics and I’m concerned he may replace me as head of household.”

You might suggest Eko accidentally turned on the blanket, but that’s exactly what he wants you to think!


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