Okay, remember the six-o-clock bird
that lives around my yard?
Well, apparently it has taught my dog, Bear,
that 6am is time to wake up.
More specifically, time for ME to wake up. During the week, I'm already up, but on the weekends, I don't set my alarm clock.
So, if I'm not acceptably mobile at that time, Bear will come to the side of my bed, and make this crazy high-pitched squeaky whining sound until I respond.
It's not a normal, dog-needs-something whine, either - it's this urgent, ohmygodhurryhurryhurrybutIhavenoideawhy sorta thing. He's not whining for food, because I feed the dogs at 7am, and they usually have some dry food left from the night before, as well. He's not whining to go out, because we have a dog door, and he can go in and out as he pleases.
He doesn't even require that I get
up, just so long as I wake up and respond. Usually I pet his face & tell him to go lie down. I can't get mad at him - he's such a love. A really great dog. Just wish he understood sleeping in.