Do you know what my biggest beef with setting the clocks back a hour? It not that I mind setting them back (or even an hour forward in the Spring). It's that the dogs don't know we've changed the time.

They still get me up at 5 a.m., demand to fed at the same time in the evening, and the Shih Tzu is mad at me for coming home an hour later than usual. Instead of being happy to see me, he chews me out at the door for being late.

It's not as though I haven't tried to prepare them for the timeĀ  change. The experts say that you shouldn't try to do the whole hour at once. So, for the few days before wse swiched from Daylight Savings Time to Standard, I set my alarm in the 15 minutes later until we were an hour later on Monday.

It didn't matter. The boxer still still thinks that 5 a.m. is the time I should get up. And she's pretty pushy if I'm not up in time. First she nudges me with her nose, but if I don't get up within a few minutes, I'll have a 50-pound dog on top of me licking my face.

I tried locking her out of the bedroom. That was about as effective as trying to hide cookies from my teenager. It can't be done. If I try, I'll have a dog whining at my bedroom door for hours until I let her in -- which is the same thing that happend when the teenager finds out I bought cookies but hid them from him. He whines until I tell him where they are.

I thought that feeding the dogs later in the evening might convince them that the time has changed. They don't seem to get the hint. If we haven't fed them by dark, they'll harass us all night until we feed them.

Come to think of it, the teenager is pretty grumpy too if I haven't fed him by dark. But if I should suggest to him that we should feed the dogs any earlier, he says I'm spoiling them.

He and the dogs have that in common -- they're all pretty spoiled.