I am hoping that there is someone out there that can help me, as I am somewhat exhausted and desperate. The story so far ... sadly my father passed away in June and his last request was that I look after his beloved bordie collie (who is 11 very soon), a beautiful dog and there was never any question as I love her as much as he did. For the first month or so (after coming to live with us - she is very used to my house as dad used to visit often), she was very down and we did everything we could to give her lots of love, played with her, walked her etc. etc. and she seemed to have settled. However, for the last month, she has taken to barking, crying and whining at 4 o'clock every morning and will not stop until one of us comes down (and stays down). We have tried ignoring it, which is nigh on impossible, coming down and telling her to go back to bed, which works for about 20 minutes then she starts again. Other than this she is perfectly healthy and happy - she's eating normally and there are no signs of distress during the day. I am at a loss as to what to do and am hoping that someone will have an idea ... any ideas would be very welcome.