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From: mozeyrn
Date: 06-07-2006, 04:02 PM (1 of 11)
How many of you have pets that sleep with you at night?
I have finally gotten to keep our two dogs off the bed at night. 2 adults, a 55-lb collie mix and an almost 100-lb golden retriever (he's a big boy) do not all fit in a queen size bed. I would wake up with my legs pinned and let me tell you, trying to move a 100-lb dog who is sound asleep isn't easy. I had gotten tired of covering the bed with a sheet so our comforter wouldn't get trashed (it's part of a bedroom set his sister gave us as a wedding gift) and when dh began to travel I started to train the dogs to stay off the bed. DH wasn't too thrilled (he always slept with his dog on the bed before we lived together) but I got tired of losing the covers to them! My dog still comes to my side of the bed at night and just sits there with his pitiful big brown eyes saying, "Can't I come up for a little while?". Sorry buddy.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
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User: mozeyrn
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 06-07-2006, 04:32 PM (2 of 11)
Our dog sleeps in her crate at night. We have a cat that usually sleeps with my daughter, but when the kids are gone for the weekend we keep our bedroom door open and he can come in with us. He's usually not much of a pain. But NO WAY on the dog!
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 06-07-2006, 04:37 PM (3 of 11)
When I was still a kid living at home, all the dogs slept with me when they were puppies, then they either went outside or were inside dogs...when they got too big is when they quit sleeping with me. (we always had BIG dogs...)

My husband's family had cats. They cats slept with him. In fact one night a cat had babies on him...he's not fond of seeing blood, so I'm sure he wasn't happy about that...

Our first ferret slept with us, but he was a 'loner' ferret.(one of those who like to be the ONLY ferret). He also had the run of the house. 24/7....after he died and the rest we've had, are ALL caged, unless it's play time. They're
ROWDY to say the least and would be hard to sleep with.

My sisters dog sleeps with her, unless he gets upset (thunder, lightening etc) and then he's crated.
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From: Bama
Date: 06-07-2006, 05:13 PM (4 of 11)
Our rat terrier takes turns sleeping in my kids rooms. If they shut her out of their rooms because she's snoring or moving around too much, she sleeps in a big basket in the living room. I put that basket there to keep the kids sofa quilts in when they're not using them. The dog has her own doggie bed right next to it, but she prefers to keep her toys in her bed. :whacky:
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From: Magot
Date: 06-07-2006, 05:15 PM (5 of 11)
My cat slept in my daughters cot one night - my husband thought it was a cuddly toy when he went in to check on her. I checked a while later and scooted the cat out - Rosie then had her first asthma attack (not from the cat but she was covered in rape pollen - quite allegenic) and I nearly had kittens myself. No animals in the bedrooms!
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From: DorothyL
Date: 06-07-2006, 05:18 PM (6 of 11)
My little Lucy sleeps with us. She wouldn't have it any other way.
She is little -- a Jack Russell -- but when she lays up against and half on top of you she feels really heavy. That is why I encourage her to sleep on my husband's side of the bed.

When my daughter was little -- about six, maybe -- we got a beagle pup. She went to the library and got a book about puppies. Following directions she made the puppy a bed in a box with a blanket in it and a ticking clock.
I went in to check on her -- and the pup -- that first night and she had put the little dog in the box and put the box on her bed.
That dog slept with her every night until she went off to college. By then she was lifting him up to the bed again because he was old and his jumper was worn out.
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From: bluebirdie
Date: 06-07-2006, 05:53 PM (7 of 11)
I was lucky that our last dog was very accomandating to my house rule, especially when I was paying attention. The first day I brought him back from the rescue, I said No No very softly to this scared little sweetheart when he stepped onto the steps to the sleeping quarter. He followed that rule for all the following years until he passed, at least when we're watching anyways. I'm not very strict. He just let me think I was in charge. Sometimes he would sneak in and lick my anckle when I'm done taking showers and scared the heck out of me. But those were just games he played.

But when we're asleep, I think he's liberated. The little sweetheart turned into a monster terrorizing the whole house quietly, doing whatever he could do as long as he didn't wake me up. In the morning, sometimes he's so sound asleep and tired from those silent games he played, we had to carry him out to pee. When I was out of town, I don't want to even guess what he did or where he slept. My husband gets depressed when I'm not home. The word was that he and my dog would just sit around watching TV, sharing roasted peanuts and beer until they dose off.
- Robin
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From: esrun3
Date: 06-07-2006, 07:09 PM (8 of 11)
Our pets have always slept with someone in the bed. The golden lab my daughter and I share (she keeps most of the time because she has a yard) now sleeps on the floor at her house but still hits the bed when at mine.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 06-07-2006, 07:55 PM (9 of 11)
Ours is always outside unless it is a heat index over 100 or wind chill under 0. Then we let her sleep in the kitchen. she spent more time in last winter since she is getting older (9yo). When she starts shedding she is put out.She has a nice insulated dog house. In the shade in the summer & with sand in her cage that keeps her cool. Can you tell I am not an animal lover? My Dd got the dog when she was in high school & it was supposed to live with her BF. His mom got tired of it so we inherited her. She is 1/2 Chow & 1/2 lab. she sheds like mad right now. Time for a grooming appt. next week.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 06-08-2006, 01:25 AM (10 of 11)
Our little (26 lb.) corgie/jack russell brat occupies the middle of our king size bed at night and the recliner in the living room during the day. Every now and then she'll get tired of being crowded in the bed and stomp off into the living room to sleep in her recliner. She also sheds and that's why we have hardwood and creamic tile floors everywhere in the house except the bedrooms. However, she's a really good girl and doesn't chew furniture, potty in the house or things like that. She and dh, however, do battle occasionally over the digging in the back yard.

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From: mozeyrn
Date: 06-08-2006, 10:21 AM (11 of 11)
Our Golden Retr. loves to be outside - he'd dig himself to China if he could! Needless to say, we don't leave him alone outside.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
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User: mozeyrn
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Total posts: 349
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