I think my Mom probably would have warmed my bottom good just for letting the dog on the bed, forget sleeping on it. Ahhh, but times do change. I guess it started with our 1st boxer, letting him sleep on the bed. It was a queen size so not that bad a deal. Shortly after he passed, we got little Ruby and a month later Jack. Not sure exactly how it got started, but they always slept on the bed unless they chose not to - very very seldom. That queen got mighty crowded, Me, Sophie, Ruby, Jack, and in winter, the 2 cats, Diamond and Focus. Jack would always lie along side me - he was about as soft as a log. Ruby always staked her place between Sophie and I touching us both. Diamond was the only one that managed to find his way under the covers. Diamond usually found a spot near the corner, below Sophie's feet. Sophie's just 5ft so plenty of room. Noby could move!!!!
When we moved to Hawaii, our first bed was just a full size - definitely not zoo size. :lol: :lol: I put my foot down, OK to be on the bed before sleep, but all off at sleep time. All the furry kids shared these really comfy oversized pet pillows at the foot of the bed. When we got the new puppy, Kalani, same rules. Of course as a pup in training she didn't make it through the night and I'd have to take her out just before sunrise. Not sure exactly how it happened, but after taking her out, I'd let her in bed next to me for that last hour of so and she'd cuddle right next to me - a reward?.
When we moved down to the new house, we also treated ourselves to a brand new cal king bed. I was adamant - no dogs or cats on the bed. Of course it was only a matter of weeks before they were allowed back up on the bed prior to sleep time, but off when it was zzzz time. The new bedroom also had a doggie door to the fenced area, so everyone was free to come and go as nature called. Kalani was still pretty much on her predawn timetable and would immediately come to my side the bed. I'd feel her paws barely on the edge as she was still small and the new bed taller and I'd hear that plaintive wimper. Naturally, I'd reach over and scoop her up, and she'd cuddle in for the next hour or so. Boy what a softy
As you might guess I also got a lot wifely ribbing.
Kinda funny in a way. We spend most of our "house' time in our bedroom, it's where our TV is, I sit in a LazyBoy doing the computer thing there as Sophie and the dogs (sometimes cat) lounge on the bed with the TV on. When I'm ready to retire, I say, "OK, bedtime" and that''s the cue for all the furry kids to get off and go to the big pillows. There were a few times, when for special reasons Jack or Ruby would stay on the bed. Since Jack passed, we have been a bit more lenient allowing Ruby (she's 8 yo) to stay on the bed, but I always make sure Kalani (now 10 months) gets off - freeing up MY space LOL. Of course the joke is just how long is it before Kalani is back on the bed. Sophie says she's back up about 5 seconds after I'm asleep, but I say it's longer. :lol: :lol:
So how are your dogs in the morning? I find it amazing they can sleep with us and come morning wake up and greet us like they haven't seen us in ages. Our boxers have always been allowed to jump on the bed in the morning (except those few short weeks) and it is a great joyful time. They have to be told "Off" so we can make the bed.
Anyway, that's my long answer to a simple question.