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Good morning, human. It is I, your beloved companion, trusted friend, and extremely supportive confidant. I never judge you for polishing off the ice cream. In fact, I find it quite impressive that you can eat that much in one sitting. I let you pet me while watching T.V. so you don’t get bored watching other humans in that little box. I play with you when you’re working and should be focusing on other things, more important things, like a ball or a string. That computer is a time suck, so I graciously sit on it so you don’t have to work. I do so many things for you. But most importantly, I wake you up in the morning.

I bet you’re probably wondering what’s going on in my head in the mornings while I’m waiting for you to greet the day. Here are some things I think about and do to make sure you start your day nice and early…so we can play.

Method #1: Attack!

I got it

It has been hours since the human has been awake. I’ve napped, chased my tail, napped, eaten, napped, explored the couch, napped…enough is enough. Time to wake up the human. SURPRISE, SLEEPY HEAD! Once you’re up, I’ll take another nap.

Method #2: Comfort

I got it

I’ve tried the couch, the foot of the bed, the pillow, the human’s face and even, much to my dismay, my own bed. Nothing is comfortable enough. Maybe if I dig an imaginary hole in the blankets right next to the sleeping giant’s face, I can finally catch some beauty sleep. Oh look, it’s awake, let’s go play!

Method #3: Dream Land

What I think is happening:

I got it

What is actually happening:

I got it

I’m running through a field, there are tons of flowers and dandelions to make wishes on! Oh, look a bird! I’m going to chase it! Wait, is that Superman up there? Am I dreaming? But my feet are making contact with something…oh, wait, it’s the human’s face. Good morning! Let’s go find dandelions!

Method #4: Sneeze

I got it

Ah, good morning, world, I’m right in Master’s face and he smells like body spray. Ugh, I hate that stuff. Maybe I can ward off the oncoming sneeze by holding really still. Oh no. It’s an assault on the senses! Can’t. Hold. It. *Achoo!* Right in Master’s face. Well, he deserved it for wearing that stuff.

Method #5: Snoring


So exhausted. I knew I shouldn’t have been swimming so late in the bathtub. I always snore when I’m this tired. I think I’m snoring now. I just woke myself up. I hope this doesn’t wake the human up. Oh well, even if it does, at least then we can go for another swim. Heads up rubber duckies, I’m about to lap you…AGAIN!

Method #6: Happy You’re Awake

I got it

The human is awake! Wooo! Good morning, I’m so happy to see you. Why does it still look so sleepy? Let me gaze into your eyes to express my love for you. Ah, where do you think you’re going? It’s snuggle time. Once I can figure out how to get out of this box, watch out.

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38 comments on “Why Animals Make Awesome Alarm Clocks”

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4 Years Ago

Haha, mine sleeps beside me so when he\'s ready to wake up he\'ll just sigh really loudly and then once that doesn\'t work he\'ll lick me till my face is numb to get up and get him some breakfast.

Sarah Burling Fleck
4 Years Ago

Just start pacing, if that doesn't work they'll bark, whine or jump on top of me.

Deanne Johnson
4 Years Ago

Pushes his cold nose into my hand that hangs over side of bed. If that doesn't wake me he howls.

Jennifer Campbell
4 Years Ago

My kitties have actually gotten so used to my sleeping habits that they don't get up until my alarm goes off or I get up.

Julia Jay Hatch
4 Years Ago

My cat is the worst snooze alarm ever. When she detects me starting to wake (I guess by my breathing or moving), she'll sit a couple inches from me and stare or try to sneak up on me, but she's so tense that I can literally feel her tenseness. If I move or tell her go away, she jumps off the bed.....for about 10-30 seconds! LOL Then she's back. On the bed, off the bed, on the bed, off the bed.......sheesh. :)

Peggy Moniz
4 Years Ago

My dogs have no Spring Forward and Fall Back switch!

Alyssa Zulueta
4 Years Ago

Often it's the other way around. But to be fair, that couch IS awfully comfy...

Sandra Dalene
4 Years Ago

I had a cat who used to lick my nose if I slept too late. My cats have always been free range kitties so it wasn't a food time thing, she just new I needed to get up.

Sherrill Jenson
4 Years Ago

Our cat is our daily alarm clock! "MEOW!" when the sun begins to rise!!!!!!!!!

Regina Allen
4 Years Ago

My boxer always wakes me up before the alarm clock goes off. She paws at my head or licks my face.


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