A slight move

You will notice that most of the recent of pictures of Maggie on her new cushion here have had her underneath the window in front of the radiator.
However, it would appear that she is following her ‘pack instinct’ and wants to be close, so we have moved it. She is now happily giving it Zzzs in front of the bookcase between our two chairs.

When we retire at night the cushion comes into the bedroom and is put in the corner under her nightlight. Most nights though she curls up on the bottom of the bed, eventually snuggling behind my knees. Yes I know, some people don’t like this idea, but we are among the 60 odd percent of owners who allow their dog to sleep on the bed (source).
I agree with the three main reasons given too:
Dogs are warm
Dogs are relaxing
Dogs make you feel safe
(I also go along with they can disturb your night’s sleep!)

We’ve had another nice and relaxing walk today, this time round the park, and she has come back with no stumbles.
She still disappeared onto the beach this morning and hoped we’d follow though.
The tide was even further out today.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to A slight move

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Very good news about Maggie. My cat sleeps right beside my pillow.

    • Ha! Cats like to be close too.
      Actually Maggie is the only dog we’ve allowed to sleep on the bed, and Hubby started it by letting her up just once when she was a puppy. I said he’d regret it, but he didn’t believe me. It doesn’t bother me at all actually, though on the boat it was a bit squashed as the bed was only four feet wide and I was tight against the side! On cold nights, Maggie would wedge herself between me and the hull (we had an air gap that housed the three cushions with my mother’s tapestries on to get some airflow), and I’d tuck her blanket round her. Nine times out of ten I would get too hot, but that was just too bad as there was nothing I could do about it, so I’d stick my feet out of the end of the bed to cool off!

  2. Cody sleeps on her own little bed next to my bigger bed. I would let her sleep on my bed if she wanted, but so far she’s shown no indication that she cares to jump that high. I don’t encourage her to try, either, because I’m a little concerned about her hips and back legs. She can run just fine, but jumping seems to be too difficult for her. She does manage to get onto the couch, which is lower than the bed, so she’s certainly not deprived in any way.

    • I know exactly what you mean. The bed in the boat was pretty high and I was worried about Maggie falling off and hurting herself. The benches on the boat were he right height for her, and there was really nowhere else she could sit. When we moved in with MSM for the interim, we bought her a cushion and encouraged her to lie on that rather than her couch. It worked, so we stuck with it (though she does get up on the sofa when she thinks no-one;s looking!).
      I would think that Cody is happy just to be close.

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