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