Sleepless nights. Waking up at ungodly hours. This probably sounds familiar to you if you are a human and pet parent. I have had dogs in my life for eighteen years, but have only had them sleeping in my bed for the past two years.
My parents were always sticklers with having pets in our beds. It was always or floor, but beds are for humans only.
It wasn’t until I met my now husband, that our dogs started sleeping in our bed. Beau had a dog named Coco. She was this gorgeous Border Collie/German Shepered type dog.
She had the sweetest temperament. She was also his best friend. So much so, that she lived late into his twenties. Coco used to sleep in his bed, so he was used to it
When we got Carter in 2016, she became his bed buddy as we did not live together. She slept next to him or on top of the pillows. To date, she still sleeps on the bed, and her favorite spot is to plop her butt into our pillows. It’s only when you touch her tail that she gets up and growls.
Mr. Darcy loves to sleep in any little crook he can find. Finn loves to sprawl out on top of you. Talk about personal space invasion. They are the ultimate bed hogs.
Do not get my wrong. I love all three of my dogs SO much, but sometimes I want personal space. There have been many mornings where I wake up moody and annoyed. I push them off of my many times because I am grumpy.
I wake up in the middle of the night hanging off my bed. I try to get into my bed at night and they have taken up the whole thing. Sometimes I lay my head down on the pillow and get growled at by Carter because I am invading on HER personal space.
There have been many mornings when I can’t get up. My eyes are droopy and I am exhausted. Beau and I both are. Luckily for him, they tend to invade my space more than his.
While I complain about them being in my bed, there are moments I love. Their snuggles. Their warmth. Their happiness about being close to us and being loved.
So here is my question, what is the right thing to do? Do we continue to let them be bed hogs?We have let them sleep with us for so long, is it right to kick them to their bed on the floor? As much as I argue that they are going to sleep in the floor, will I really make them?
While they invade every possible piece of space I may have, they are my sweetest parts of life. I will always let them sleep on our bed. They are some of the most pure and unconditional loves we have ever experienced, and I am willing to sacrifice some sleep just to have them near me.
I would love to hear about your experiences with your pets! Drop a comment below.