I’ve never spent a great deal of money on dog beds for Josie or Bear. Usually I got them some version of a cheap pillow bed that flattens out and gets covered with fur. When I went to go clean the last two, I gave up on and finally decided enough was enough – I have carpet and blankets – the dogs don’t need anything fancy. They are dogs.
And then the vet told me Josie has arthritis. And I had just installed laminate flooring in house. I decided Josie needed a comfy bed for her sore and achey joints. So I got her one – and in my head I decided it was specifically for her – and not Bear. Unfortunately, she didn’t know what to do with it.
At first she used it as a pillow.
Bear on the other hand knew exactly what it was for. Josie didn’t seem to mind – she claimed the couch – he could have have her bed.
For some unknown reason, I then decided the dogs needed another bed – a larger bed – maybe they would learn to share. They’ve never been cuddle buddies, but you never know – they could learn in their old age. I moved the smaller bed upstairs for nighttime and put the big bed in the living room. But once again, Josie for the most part ignored it – she liked the couch too much. But Bear – he had a bit of difficulty using a bed so big.
But he eventually learned.
And Josie soon started to learn as well – which caused Bear to be sad – he liked the bed.
But never fear, most times, Josie let him have it while she looked at him from above.
And then it started to happen – they learned to share.
Bear appears to still have trouble keeping his whole body on the bed.
Not only were they sharing the large bed in the living room, but at times at night they both got on the tiny one upstairs. It usually started with Bear getting on the bed and then Josie pushing him out of the way. And like typical children, I’d get the look of “Are you really going to let her do that?” Why yes – yes I am.
But other times, they share it without problem – although it does seem a bit small for both of them.
Then I made another change – I installed hardwood in the bedroom. The dogs do NOT like it. Upon arriving in the room, they both promptly laid down on the bed and gave me the “Do you hate us?” look.
So I decided to move both beds to the room. They seemed to like that idea a lot.
But sometimes still decided to share a bed – which sometimes leads to hilarious results.
And Josie’s latest antics involve wedging herself in-between the beds – for some reason she loves this.
Silly dogs – always wanting a comfy place to sleep.