I know only other dog people would understand this.. Kip gave me a terrible scare last night. Spoiler Alert: Kip is totally fine! I woke up around midnight last night because I heard a noise outside my door and I was pretty sure some wild animal was trying to break into the container I keep my pet pigs’ food in. Or maybe one of my pigs had gotten loose. I didn’t want to go check because Kip was sleeping right next to me and I didn’t want to wake him up. So I was listening to this noise and after awhile started wondering why Kip hadn’t woken up. It was pretty loud. Normally sleeping with Kip is like sleeping with a hot water bottle- he’s so warm. But I realized I didn’t feel any heat coming from him. Kip was sleeping on his back, leaning against me like he likes to do, so I put my hand on his chest to reassure myself that he was ok. He felt kind of cool and didn’t move at all. At that point I panicked. I shook him but he just flopped side to side and didn’t react. I thought he was dead! I stuck my finger in his mouth to see if his gums felt warm, shook him, yelled his name. I was fumbling for a light, when he finally woke up, totally unfazed by his panicking paranoid mom. He just put up with me making a fuss over him, then went back to sleep with his nose right by my ear so I could hear him breathing. That made me feel better. I know it’s ridiculous - why would a healthy young dog die in their sleep? But I was so freaked out!! Today I am just very relieved to have a live Sheltie. I think I need one of those baby monitor bracelet or sock thingies so anytime his heart beat or breathing is irregular an alarm will go off... Poor Kip. There is nothing wrong with him - but his mom is nuts!