When Texas was a puppy she had no problem sleeping first in her kennel and then on a blanket on the floor.  As she grew she knew she wanted on the bed to be closer to us.  Our rule changed that if there was only one of us in the bed, as on a team load, she could sleep in the bed.  Well Texas had her own plans and they did not include sleeping on the floor by herself. 

First Texas would wait till we were asleep and then she would slink up onto the bed below my feet and be very still.  Now she makes no bones about it, she jumps up on the bed and makes herself comfortable.  She is very good at making herself small and unobtrusive.  She sleeps at my feet as Bobs legs and feet leave no room for a large dog at the bottom of the bed.

Squeaky the cat has always slept where every he wants and often where he wants is on our hips.  He believes humans are human bridges and he has no problem walking all over us as we sleep.  As the weather has gotten colder we usually wake up with the animals curled up next to us for warmth.  Texas enjoys the cold weather and is still at the foot of the bed.  Squeaky though does not like the cold weather and he will either be sleeping on our hip or snuggled down between us.  Before we roll over in the bed we check to make sure we will not squish Squeaky or send him flying through the air.

As soon as the animals sense that I am awake Texas squirms her way up to lay beside me and let me know how much she has missed me. Squeaky on the other hand makes a lot of noise as he wants his food and water dishes checked before I make my coffee. 

Texas growing up in the truck has some very odd habits such as crawling under things or even walking between our legs.  When at our daughter’s house, Brandy would laugh when Texas would crawl under her dog Wwitch.  Texas does not worry when we step right next to where she is sleeping and does not move, she has zero concept of our personal space or her own. 

What a joy to wake up to these wonderful family members who have missed us while we slept the night away.  I sleep peacefully knowing Texas is on duty and even though she is asleep her senses are better than mine and she is always alert to any changes around our truck.   

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Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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