Dogs Sleeping on the Bed

Dogs Sleeping on the Bed

Beans slept on my head last night, curled up on my pillow. I don’t like her sleeping on my head or on my pillow. However, she had been very spoked by something and was shaking and looking wild-eyed and very unhappy. I was comfy and warm reading my book and couldn’t bare watching her scoot about, shoulders hunched, looking like a red-eyed devil was chasing her. I leaned down, scooped her up, and gave her a cuddle.

It’s well known I often sleep with dogs on the bed and usually those dogs aren’t ours. We don’t as a general rule let our dogs sleep on our bed. We have a cat, Cameo, who lives in the bedroom because we have so many dogs in the house and they are not all cat friendly. The other reason our dogs don’t sleep on our bed is because we have a bowl of cat biscuits on the bed, at about knee level. Why? So Cameo can graze through the night without the dogs stealing her food.

Crazy! I know but it’s what lengths we as pet owners go to to accommodate our furry children. My father would be rolling in his grave just to think the cat was on the bed and the dogs were in the house. How times have changed. I’m one owner who is wrapped around my animals ‘paws’.

The question of ‘should’ pets be allowed to sleep on the bed is as repetitive as the debate, on babies having their ears pierced, woman having tattoos and should we legalised weed.

Cameo has always slept on my bed because I grew up with cats sleeping on my bed and when I don’t have a cat I missed the ‘weight’, the constant wriggling and turning around, not to mention the licking and butt washing.

If I didn’t have Cameo I would have our dogs sleeping on the bed. They are small so don’t take up much space and only one of them snores, and then not very loud. However, when I sleep in the spare room I do end up with much bigger dogs and some very loud snorers.

So, why do we do this to ourselves, disturbed sleep, snoring and scratching, and allowing our pets to force us onto the very edge of the bed giving us cold knees.

Because it gives us pleasure and a closer bond with our dog. Dogs want to know they are protected and can trust the ‘leader’ or in my case the ‘parent in charge’, and being able to sleep on my bed does this. I have a very different relationship with the dogs that stay in our home after  they have slept on my bed than the dogs that sleep on the couch in the lounge.

Protection, warmth, trust, comfort, all given and received when the sleeping arrangements are sharing a bed. And that goes for dogs as well. While on the evolutionary scale our closest relatives are the great apes our constant companions through the ages has been the canine.

The reason I don’t like Beans sleeping on my pillow is because I know what she gets up to in the park. And while she might love to rub herself in the scent of a dead animal or worse, I don’t want to rub my nose into while I’m sleeping. She’s also a licker and often thinks my hair needs a quick clean before she settles down. So, while I’m OK about dogs sleeping on the bed, I don’t like dogs sleeping on my pillow.

Where do you ‘lie’ on the recurring argument about dogs sleeping on the bed?

 

Penned by Hannah Collins