There was a time when Speck slept in the bed with us. I’m not real fond of having a dog in my bed and I swore I’d never start that habit again. But, Miss Rita is so special. I know I’m going to regret this!
Just this week, she’s decided she wants to go to bed in the big bed when I go to bed. How can I say no to her?
It’s not exactly like she’s sleeping IN the bed because she doesn’t really want to be that close. She’s happy to sleep on top of the bed.
Yep, there’s a dog under that pile on the bed. Yesterday while out, I bought another dog bed. We have several but I wanted one that I could easily wash. Rita tends to smell like a dog when she gets warm and sleeping in the bed all wrapped up in that sheet . . the dog, the bed and the sheet smell like after a couple of days.
It looks like there’s more dog than there is bed! Vince has a habit of giving them both treats every time they do something. Speck has gotten really thin in his old age but Rita . . not so thin. I keep telling him we are not doing her any favors letting her get overweight. I speak from personal experience! 🙁 I’m working to get her weight down and I’m with her more than he is so I should be successful.
We have a queen bed . . we need a king bed if she’s going to sleep there too. I’m afraid I’m going to kick her off the bed. I really don’t move much while sleeping. In fact, I rarely even turn over once but I keep waking up making sure she hasn’t been pushed over to the edge of the bed.
I would have said no to her idea except I wonder . . if since she can’t see, maybe she’s not comfortable being in the living room without us around. Maybe she feels more secure close to us.
They say not to give in and baby her because she’s blind. They don’t say how to discipline yourself to accomplish that. I can only imagine what it must be like for parents of children who have bad things happen to them or who are handicapped. I know the best thing to do is continue “normal” but, if she wants to sleep on our bed, we’ll just get a bigger bed . . simple as that. I haven’t mentioned that idea to Vince yet. He’ll probably say Rita can stay and I can go to another bed . . most nights that’s how it ends up anyway. Either I stay up way too late and don’t want to wake him up or by the time I go to bed, he’s in the middle of the bed and snoring and it’s just easier to go sleep in another bed than to try to wake him up. I wonder what Rita will do when that happens . . if she’ll want to go in the room where she’s used to going or if she’ll be happy to go wherever I go.
We’re creating a very spoiled dog . . and who cares?