Maggie’s Easter present

Yesterday, we bought Maggie a new bed.
Actually, it’s just a piece of flat foam with a removable cover that fits nicely between the bedside cabinet and wardrobe here.
MSM told us she liked to curl up there sometimes during the night, especially if she got too hot.
This is Maggie sprawled across us on the boat a week or so ago.

We tried an experiment the other day and left Maggie in the house by herself for just over an hour and a half.
She was fine, but had licked her feet again and in so doing stained the throwover on the settee, which we immediately washed and have put some protective covering beneath it now that it’s back in place.
As Maggie had taken to sleeping in this little ‘alcove’ we thought a small flat bed would give some protection to the carpet and also indicate it was OK for her to sleep there.

I think dogs need to have their own space and remember our use of a cage when she was a pup. It was never used as punishment as it was left open all day with her bed in it, but she was put to bed and the door closed at night or if we went out during the day. The idea was to keep her safe if unsupervised, but to give her a secure place she could go should she need to. It worked well, and when she was older, we didn’t need it anymore.

Last night she started off on the bed as normal, but around 2pm got up to lie on her new bed where she stayed for several hours before getting back on the bed to snuggle behind my knees.
We’re really pleased about this as perhaps the silliness of the 2.30 am restlessness has stopped. We never got to the bottom of it and believe it could have been a combination of things plus something she could hear and we could not.
MSM is a calming influence on all of us and Maggie will do anything for her, so we are glad we didn’t rehome her and so grateful for having MSM not only as our friend, but also an ally.
We also know that Maggie will be in safe hands whilst we are away, and should MSM need to go out, she’ll be confident to leave her. We’ve suggested she leaves her in the kitchen with the throwover on the little chair she used for her own dog and which Maggie settled into when she had her op in 2015.

Maggie in the little chair Dec 2015

Just another day to go and we shall be on our way.



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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6 Responses to Maggie’s Easter present

    • Thank you. We are looking forward to it and all it entails, armed with enthusiam, a new chips for the camer and plenty of batteries. At the other end, we shall be sad to leave the boat behind, but still believe we are doing the right thing in selling up.

  1. Like any other creature, dogs need a “hidey hole” they can go to when stressed. For many, it’s their crates. For Cody, it’s the tiny corner of the living room in the triangle made by the spinet piano, the edge of the front window, and the bottom of the chest in front of the window. She goes there whenever the microwave is running (hates that high-pitched whine), when it’s thundering & lightening, etc. I’ll bet Maggie loves her new bed!

  2. scifihammy says:

    You’re right; dogs do need their own space. 🙂 Looks like you’ve got things sorted.
    Have a lovely holiday. 🙂

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