As I carried Albie Dog in to the bedroom with me last night, my parents and I started talking about where their dogs slept when they were little. Surprisingly, everyone had different answers.
My father’s dog slept under his bed when he was a boy. Not on the bed or beside the bed, under it. My Mom and her brother traded off nights with their family dog, and the dog would be on the bed with them, under the covers. Which surprises them to look back on, because she was a farty dog, and you wouldn’t think having her under the covers with you would be such a treat.
When I was a kid, our dog was on Night Patrol. She would sleep in little short stretches, then tour the house checking on everything and settle down in a new spot. No burglar, or small child escaping their bedroom, could get past her.
Albie Dog at my apartment sleeps on the couch in the living room most nights while I sleep in the bedroom. At my parents’, he sleeps in the room with me, but not by choice. I pick him up and set him down every night in our room and then close the door to trap him (otherwise, he goes and pants in my father’s face at 5am). He does settle down fast though, definite attitude of “oh well, I guess I am sleeping in here then.”
Where do your dogs sleep?