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Old 02-08-2013, 11:30 AM   #111
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Our black Lab used to sleep in her own bed at the food of ours, but she's gotten to arthritic to manage the stairs safely; we have to keep a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs to keep her from climbing up to join us, though.

With the two cats, you never know Elwing, the 17-year-old, can't jump up onto the bed anymore, but if I bring her up, she'll sometimes spend the night. She also has a basket next to the radiator in the guest room where she likes to sleep. Bella sometimes sleeps on the bed, sometimes on a radiator, sometimes on my computer chair ... all over the place.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:46 AM   #112
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Teddy will only sleep on my bed when he is here. But he has to be under th cover. At home he will only sleep in his own bed with a blanket over him. When he is ready to go out in the morning, he jumps on the bed and sticks his backside in Spike's face to wake him up. He keeps pushing against Spike until Spike acknowledges his presence. Then he will stretch across the top step so Spike can't sneak out without him.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:32 PM   #113
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Ollie (the 93 lb shepherd/collie mix) sleeps at the foot of our bed. There is no room for him on the bed since it's only a queen size and there are already 2 full grown folks in it! Salem (the 8 lb cat) starts out sleeping against my feet. Some nights we manage to get through the whole night that way. Other nights she gets tired of me moving my feet and will jump down and sleep under the bed. She enjoys sleeping under the bed because then she can play "Smack the toes" from under there in the mornings when I go to the bathroom.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:58 PM   #114
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:03 PM   #115
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A friend of ours, who openly admits she does not like animals, takes crating to the extreme. Unfortunately, to her a pet is something to take out and play with when you are in the mood, but it is to be put away the rest of the time. The dog (a beagle) is hooked up outside most of the day, which she (the dog) doesn't mind. But when she is in the house she spends way too much time in her crate. She is often in there 12+ hours without any potty, water, or food breaks. She goes wild when she is allowed to get out and play. It is sad because no one in the family really knows how to relate to an animal.
Barbara, this sound so much like Joie's ordeal. The dog is so happy to be out that they get excited and "wild", so the owners put them back in the crate because they (owners) can't handle it. Allowing Joie to come and go as he pleases to his crate and giving him the love and attention he needs has really helped, but both TB and I are dog lovers That's the big difference.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:44 PM   #116
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When I was involved with rescue, we crate trained all the dogs. This was so that if the dogs had to be confined in a kennel/vet clinic, the dog would not panic. I still have a 54" dog crate in the basement. I often find Cliff in it. I had several dogs that were on IV fluids at home over the years. Being able to confine them meant they got the treatment they needed. The rule was that the dog was not to be confined for more than 3 or 4 hours without being allowed out. Puppies can hold their bladders for 1 hour for every month of life until about the age of 8 months. I always ask people if they'd like to wait 12 hours before going to the bathroom...And, no, I don't have a dog sleeping on the bed. At one time, two dogs slept on the bed with us. I woke up with a sore back for years. I also found that I was congested. Now that dogs do not sleep on the bed (or in the bedroom), my back no longer hurts in the morning and I am not congested. And, the bed is too high for the dogs to jump on.
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Barbara, this sound so much like Joie's ordeal. The dog is so happy to be out that they get excited and "wild", so the owners put them back in the crate because they (owners) can't handle it. Allowing Joie to come and go as he pleases to his crate and giving him the love and attention he needs has really helped, but both TB and I are dog lovers That's the big difference.
Fortunately this dog is very sweet-tempered and seems to have accepted her lot in life. They do leave her out more now than they used to, but they will never be animal people. Laurie, you "know" who it is, so I'm sure you can imagine this isn't the biggest problem they have. LOL I love her dearly, and she really does try when I give her tips on raising a dog, etc. I give the dog lots of attention when we are there. And the dog loves them like crazy.
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Fortunately this dog is very sweet-tempered and seems to have accepted her lot in life. They do leave her out more now than they used to, but they will never be animal people. Laurie, you "know" who it is, so I'm sure you can imagine this isn't the biggest problem they have. LOL I love her dearly, and she really does try when I give her tips on raising a dog, etc. I give the dog lots of attention when we are there. And the dog loves them like crazy.
I did know who it was. But I do understand things from the dogs point of view having gone through it with Joie. He is very sweet too, but would come on strong any time he was out of the crate. He is better now but he is also 9 so an "old man" by dog standards. I am glad the dog is adjusted. that makes all the difference in the world.

BTW, Barbara, did you see the picture of Violet "pushing me out of bed" a few posts back? TB got up to go to work and I hadn't slept much so he was letting me catch up when Violet curled up behind me and her feet were literally pushing me. I didn't fall, and TB got this shot to show me.
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I did know who it was. But I do understand things from the dogs point of view having gone through it with Joie. He is very sweet too, but would come on strong any time he was out of the crate. He is better now but he is also 9 so an "old man" by dog standards. I am glad the dog is adjusted. that makes all the difference in the world.

BTW, Barbara, did you see the picture of Violet "pushing me out of bed" a few posts back? TB got up to go to work and I hadn't slept much so he was letting me catch up when Violet curled up behind me and her feet were literally pushing me. I didn't fall, and TB got this shot to show me.
Yes, I saw it after I made my last post! So cute! Cubbie is usually pretty good about not pushing me out, but now I just have to teach James the same thing! Just kidding! Kind of.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:08 PM   #120
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I think its more the dogs let me sleep wth them in the bed than the other way around...
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