If you've been following along the blog for any length of time you will know that I think Leeloo is just plain weird. It's hard to clearly define but she is incredibly endearing in a Leeloo kind of way. While I know that it's not unheard of for Ridgebacks to like to be covered when sleeping, I wonder how many actually demand you get off your duff when you're over at the computer and put a blanket on them.
What are these demands? Well, in Phase I she employs whining. Intermittent half sigh half whines that go on and on until you look to see what the big damn problem is. Once she realizes you are looking at her she activates Phase II - the tremble. She lies in a little ball with those big bright eyes boring into your soul and every 5 seconds or so has a little shiver. "I'm cold, Mommy, can't you see?" The first few times she did it I was baffled, how can she be cold? The other dogs aren't shivering, it's not cold in here ... and then it all clicked. I'm being played. She sure has me pegged doesn't she? Nevertheless I stop whatever I'm doing and get a blanket, cover her up and miraculously the shivering stops immediately.
When we go to bed Leeloo throws herself down as close to me as she can get, curls into a ball and looks at me pointedly. I sigh and reach for the blanket waiting at the end of the bed, cover her and tuck her in. Raimi gets covered too but since he gets hot quite quickly I usually just cover his head and shoulders. Then we are all ready for sleep.
The *very* best part about covering Leeloo with a blanket is the noise she makes. I cover her and tuck her in, watch the bump of her head settle into the crook of her legs and wait for that noise - it's sort of a groan/moan/sigh and to me it speaks of incredible contentment, happiness, comfort and security. "All is right with the world" says Leeloo when she does that little noise. She does it almost every single time. I think the only time she doesn't do it is when she is very tired. I'll be honest ... it tops up my cup of love.