Thursday, January 14, 2010

The bedtime scene.

The sleeping arrangements in our house are not what most people would put up with. On a typical night we have 4 dogs and 2 cats in our bed with us. *Tom might kill me for sharing this* The dogs have the routine down pat - the minute we make the move they run to their spots. Clarence and Horatio have to be lifted into the bed, which is like 10ft off the ground, I sometimes need to be lifted into this bed! And no matter how many times I have seen this - I never get tired of seeing them standing there like little bitty men waiting to be hoisted up.

I like to think I could narrate this photo: Daisy, our almost 17 year old cat, and Pasqual are staring at Tom intently thinking "Do not let them up here!" The Business Man, who does not sleep in the bed is saying "Please, please let me sleep in the bed just tonight!" And Clarence is saying "What the hell is taking you so long?"

Although some nights I have to sleep all contorted because some dog has laid across the middle of the bed where my legs go...I still let them stay. Everyone of these dogs came from a shelter where they were sleeping on a cold, concrete floor. When I see them laying on top of a down comforter on a giant ushy, squishy bed it makes it all worth it.

7 comments:

Janice said...

aw, that made me teary eyed. ((hugs))

I used to let our dogs sleep with me, our little chia sleeps under the sheets, in the knook of bent legs. Our little man sleeps on top, at the end of the bed. We only put a stop to it for a period while Pedro is going through some serious pain (arthritic maybe). They are now sleeping in their cozy beds with a large blankie in the powder room downstairs and they run for the bathroom at night now in anticipation of snuggling down in their beds (which is slightly odd since I have to kick them OUT of their beds to put the beds in the bathroom....maybe they are just really tired dogs. lol)

Narelle said...

Oh what a gorgeous post, thank you for sharing.
Although we only have 2 cats (I'd rescue more if I was allowed) we invite them under the covers every night. In fact they have their own teeny pillows!
xxx

robyncz said...

I sometimes sleep contorted, too. Mr. Pink usually doesn't choose to sleep on our bed; he prefers the upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. But on those rare nights when he chooses to be with us, I wouldn't dare move and chase him away!!!

Kate said...

Oh the many, many nights of sleeping in bizarre, contorted poses just to keep them happy. I'm all too aware...

...and I wouldn't change a thing.

Kim Maguire said...

I love those photos!!!!! So cute.

Aria said...

Hey there, I found you through your comment on Sharon Montrose's blog. We adopted Mister (the 10-week old deaf pit) a week ago. We have one other dog -- a calm, stoic, loving, black mutt named Charlotte who was a breeze to train. I'd love to hear if you have any tips on raising/training pits (especially deaf babies), and making sure that multiple dogs live peacefully at home. We really want to do right by Mister, and you seem like you have a ton of experience. If you do have any pointers, I'd love it if you emailed me at hello@casanovawong.com. Thanks!

Mare said...

Sounds like our house and our bed! We sleep with 3-soon to be 4 dogs on and between us and under the covers with us, and sometimes our 17year old cat joins us too! It is sometimes a little cramped, but i love it...