Sometimes I think our pets do things just to prove us wrong. After we lost Cricket, for about a week Luke never laid in either of the dog beds in our dining room. I commented to the Dadz that I would probably put just one of them away to start (rather, add to the pile in our bedroom that I need to donate to the shelter), so we’d have a little more floor space. I’m pretty sure it was that night when Luke decided to lay in the bed closest to the dining table.
I then commented that maybe it was the location – closest to where Dadz eats, that he likes, so I switched the beds around, wanting Luke to hopefully lay in the orthopedic bed, since it was my preference to keep that one out since it looks more like a piece of furniture. Now he’s laying in both of them – quite often; so they both stay.
Luke is not discriminatory though, he takes advantage of every place there is to lay in our dining/living room area where we spend most of our time when inside. He is seen not just in both beds now, but sometimes in his crate, on the couch, in front of the wood stove, in Cricket’s chair, and on any of the rugs in the dining room (when I’m eating he is usually on the rug next to me). Some mornings I find him curled up on the small rug in front of the door, if the sun is shining in there.
These two beds, our Brentwood Home orthopedic bed* and our West Paw Heyday bed had become my favorites (after having been through a lot of beds!), along with our Molly Mutt Sheepy wool-filled bed* in the crate. They are all attractive beds, which is a good thing since it looks like they are all going to continue to be a permanent part of our décor.
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The sentimental part of me likes to think that Luke left those beds empty for the first week for a reason; his sister had used them more than he had. Maybe he was keeping them open in the hopes she’d come back. When I threatened to take one away, he knew he had to stop that. We don’t need to change everything around here now that she’s gone, and I agree with him on that. Thanks for reminding me, buddy.
Where do your pets like to get comfy? Everywhere, like Luke? 😊
Maggie Stetter says
Such a sweetie pie Luke is…adorable and smart!
I have no doubt that Luke was respecting the beds, just as you were. When he sensed you were ok with changing the bed situation, he was too.
It’s a good thing they all look nice because I think they’ll be staying out for the foreseeable future!
Yup, I don’t think they’ll be going anywhere for a long while. 🙂
Jodi Stone says
What a sweet boy.
Mine sleep wherever they want. Usually in the bedroom with me at night. Sometimes one or both start out on my bed, but odds are by morning, they both have moved to the floor. Sampson is usually on the crib mattress or on the old dog bed (not the orthopedic, darn it!) in the living room, and Delilah is usually on the dog bed in my room.
It makes me happy that they can find their own spots to be comfy.
Oh yes, Luke always sleeps with us at night. He used to go in the chair in our bedroom at times, but lately he’s been on the bed every night. He even goes to bed at night before us sometimes!
Aw, that’s so sweet. We’re like you – we have beds everywhere, and some of them are pretty beaten up. But the dogs love them, so we keep them. I’m glad that Luke reminded you not to change everything at once. He’s a good dog.
He is a very good boy, and the biggest thing helping us through this tough time. ♥
Sand spring Chesapeakes says
I have beds all over the house but they perfer the couch next to me which is fine by me.
I prefer to have them right next to me when I can too!
M. K. Clinton says
I think that is exactly what he was thinking. Dogs are much smarter and have deeper emotions than most people give them credit for. I’m glad he is using all the beds now. We bought new furniture and the boys aren’t allowed on it. Bentley doesn’t have a problem with the rule but Pierre forgets sometimes. LOL! They have two plush beds on either side of the couches. LOL!
See, Pierre is just like Luke – he wants to use all of the comfy spaces! LOL
Shadow & Ducky's Mom says
Shadow and Ducky will pretty much sleep anywhere. Ducky, too; but Shadow tends to be most comfortable in Callie’s old favorite spots. I guess she feels closer to her older sister that way.
That is so sweet!
Brian Frum says
Good job Luke! Every time the Dad talks about getting rid of the beds I don’t use I use them all again!
Good job, Brian! What is it with us humans always trying to get rid of stuff anyway? 🙂
Ellen Pilch says
Luke is so cute. Pets do like to prove us wrong.
That they do!! 🙂
caren gittleman says
This is just the sweetest, glad you are keeping them! Cody sleeps anywhere and everywhere. The ONLY bed Dakota will use is the Brentwood one which I love too………right now, he is on the floor sleeping next to me while I am typing 🙂
I’m so glad you finally found at least one bed that Dakota would like!
Guilie Castillo says
Your assessment makes perfect sense to me, too! I do believe they understand much more of what we say—even think, or plan—than we give them credit for, so it’s perfectly possible that Luke did, indeed, know the beds were about to disappear unless he made them stay. And the reminder about not having to change everything… well, that one went straight to my heart 🙂
Guilie @ Life In Dogs
I swear Luke reads my mind sometimes! I was thinking of putting away a water dish that we have down in our master bathroom. I had put it there for times when he and his siblings had to be confined down to that area of the house at times, but now we mostly put him in his crate. He never seemed to use it, but shortly after I had that thought, he was drinking out of it again!!
Mary Hone says
I’m sure our pets have to adjust, just like we do.
We all have beds all over the house. Our favorite is the Molly Mutt bed in the wicker crate. That one is never available because if one of us gets up, the next takes it over, but we have other beds around we use a lot too.
It’s fun that you all have a favorite!