From “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, ch. 1 (Morning)
At six the alarm went off. Karenin’s moment had arrived. He always woke up much earlier than they did, but did not dare to disturb them. He would wait impatiently for the alarm, because it gave him the right to jump on their bed, trample their bodies, and butt them with his muzzle. For a time they had tried to curb him and pushed him off the bed, but he was more headstrong than they were and ended by defending his rights. Lately, Tereza realised, she positively enjoyed being welcomed into the day by Karenin. Waking up was sheer delight for him: he always showed a naive and simple amazement at the discovery that he was back on earth; he was sincerely pleased. She, on the other hand, awoke with great reluctance, with a desire to stave off the day by keeping her eyes closed.
This passage captures so well human’s and dog’s different attitudes to waking up, and to life: the dog, pleased and amazed, pads along into the new day, and the human, tired and for some reasons cut off from the simple happiness of being alive, doesn’t want to open his eyes. It’s an old cliche that dogs live in the moment and know how to be happy, and that we should learn from them, but it’s true. I wish we all can wake up early every morning, enthusiast, grateful and joyful as our dogs, looking forward to a new day in life.
Are you an “early bird” or a “night owl”? Does your dog wake you up or is he/she lazier than you 🐶?