Sunday Evening Dog Blogging

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

As you can see, I have a strict “no dogs on the bed” policy.




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28 Responses to “Sunday Evening Dog Blogging”

  1. #1 |  mpc | 

    I’m sure you’ve answered this before, but what breed/mix is this?

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Our primary dog is eleven years old and is getting arthritic, so we now have have a set of hide-away steps he uses to get up on he bed. The backup dog is just a puppy and can’t jump high enough yet, so he uses the steps, too.

  3. #3 |  Amy Alkon | 

    Always nice to see a dog who’s very clear on who’s master. As I have a three-pound dog, in my bed, I have a “No dogs on the head” policy, which she roundly ignores as well. I’ll be awakened at 3am by a little snout on my neck, snoring like a rheumatic old man. It’s so cute, all I can do is laugh.

  4. #4 |  Brett Bittner | 

    We have a “no dogs on the bed, couch, or lap unless invited” policy. They seem to have no problem ignoring said policy when and where they feel like it.

  5. #5 |  chsw | 

    My 10-11 year old wheaten (was a stray therefore can’t really be certain of age) won’t jump on a bed, but will jump on couches and chairs until I go until the room and he then jumps off and under them.

    He has three different dog beds – upstairs, office and basement.

    He wakes me every day at 5:30am by pushing his snout into my face and sniffing loudly.

    He has learned not to sleep at the side of my bed because if I get up in the middle of the night, I might step on him.

  6. #6 |  Radley Balko | 

    The shelter said she’s mostly Australian shepherd. But I think they mean Australian cattle dog.

    Not sure what else is in there.

  7. #7 |  B | 

    Ours usually sleeps in either the crook of my knees or my wife’s, and is curled up on my pillow within seconds of me getting out of bed in the morning.

    Weekends confuse him…since I usually get up to attend to business and then have the nerve to come back…

  8. #8 |  JS | 

    Not sure but I don’t think strict means what you think it means.

  9. #9 |  Andrew S. | 

    We used to have a no dogs on the bed policy. We gave up on that one. To the point where we bought stairs so our 12 year old beagle can get up onto the bed.

    Yes, I’m a sucker. But they’re too darn cute to ignore.

  10. #10 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    I think that rather then having a strictly “no dogs on the bed policy”, Radley really meant to say that they have strictly no “dogs on the bed” policy.

    They’ve tried to come up with a “dogs on the bed” policy, but it’s been stuck in committee for years.

  11. #11 |  KBCraig | 

    We’re currently fostering a Great Pyrenees puppy that was found wandering lost (about 9 months and 80 pounds). It took her almost a week to figure out why the rest of the pack (five of them) were on the furniture. Today she ventured onto the sofa, promptly said “Hey! Nice!”, and made herself at home.

    Radley, you’re right on your Daisy dog. Definitely no Australian Shepherd there, but she has the head/facial features of an Australian Cattle Dog (what are commonly called Heelers when they’re actual working dogs).

  12. #12 |  john | 

    aren’t dogs nice enough to give US permission to get on THEIR beds?

  13. #13 |  whiskey | 

    I don’t see any violation of the “no dogs on the bed” rule as there is clearly only one dog on the bed.

  14. #14 |  Diane | 

    My cats enforce the “no dogs on the bed rule”! They sleep comfortably on their king sized throne and the 95 lb “scardy cat” sleeps in his bed on the floor!

  15. #15 |  Bronwyn | 

    In Daisy’s face is, to me, a clear expression of “what dog? I’m people!”

  16. #16 |  Jane | 

    Not only do my dogs insist on sleeping with me every night, they fart almost continuously. And I’m really a cat person who just took in dogs because I have a big back yard.

  17. #17 |  Bee | 

    I am loving these comments. When I got my first dog, everyone told me to set up a strict “No dogs on bed or furniture” rule.

    Yeah, right.

    My dogs not only sleep on the bed, they immediately head for MY spot in the bed when I get up for a minute in the middle of the night. Because it’s all warmed up and cozy, don’t you know.

  18. #18 |  tommy | 

    Many years ago my mom had a dog who’s way around the “no dogs on the bed policy” was to get IN mom’s bed. Meaning under the covers, head on the pillow.

  19. #19 |  DPirate | 

    That poor dog hasn’t a spec of dirt on him. He must be terribly unhappy.

  20. #20 |  Independent George | 

    Plagiarized from an internet forum I frequent:

    The Dog Rules

    1. Dogs are never permitted in the house. The dog stays outside in a specially built wooden compartment named, for very good reason, the dog house.
    2. Okay, the dog can enter the house, but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation.
    3. Okay, the dog can stay in the house on a permanent basis, provided his dog house can be sold in a yard sale to a rookie dog owner.
    4. Okay, the dog stays inside, but is not allowed to run free and is confined to a comfortable but secure metal cage.
    5. Okay, the cage becomes part of a two-for-one deal along with the dog house in the yard sale, and the dog can go wherever he pleases, but is never allowed on the furniture.
    6. Okay, the dog can get on the old furniture but not the new furniture.
    7. Okay, the dog can get up on the new furniture until it looks like the old furniture and then we’ll sell the whole darn works and buy new
    furniture…upon which the dog will most definitely not be allowed.
    9. Okay, the dog is allowed on the furniture, but is definitely not allowed on the bed. Period.
    10. Okay, the dog can sleep at the foot of the bed.
    11. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you, but he’s not allowed under the covers.
    12. Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers but not with his head on the pillow.
    13. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you under the covers with his head on the pillow, but if he snores he’s got to leave the room.
    14. Okay, the dog can sleep and snore and have nightmares in bed, but he’s not to come in and sleep on the couch in the TV room, where I’m now sleeping. That’s just not fair.
    15. The dog never gets listed on the census questionnaire as “primary resident,” even if it’s true.

  21. #21 |  JimmyNashville | 

    An Early Welcome to Nashville.

    Fine dog you got there. I’m happy to hear you guys will be joining us in Music City.

  22. #22 |  Less | 

    Daisy looks JUST like my Archie. The shelter told me Archie was a lab mix, not believing that either.

    I think here in Houston, “lab mix” means short haired, I’m not seeing lab at all!

    Vets and vet techs have thought perhaps basenji, boxer, a touch of pitbull, definitely hound of some sort. No answers for certain.

    If you ever figure it out, I’d love to know.

    Oh, and Archie is sleeping in my spot on the bed as I type this, wouldn’t have it any other way. He knows he’s second in command here, and takes his job very seriously!

  23. #23 |  Nick Reynolds | 

    I have the same “No Dogs on the Bed” policy. It applies only
    to women and not to dogs. Begin hate mail . . . . . . . . now!

  24. #24 |  Sarah | 

    IG, love the dog rules! I think I’m somewhere in the 7/8 range with my dog, Choppy. Still holding firm on the bed situation, though for how long, who knows. I mean, the dog has two blogs and a Facebook fan page (with 900 fans). It really is only a matter of time before I’m sleeping on the couch.

  25. #25 |  Kathy | 

    DNA testing can now be done on dogs to find out how many breeds are in there. My niece had hers done on a rescue/service dog. It was interesting to find out how many breeds and the dominant ones in her make up. No one was even close in guessing — including the vet!

  26. #26 |  sgi | 

    Love those dog rules too! They break into your heart with one stealthy step at a time until you forget that they’re dogs and before you know it you are convinced that hey, dogs are people too! At least you wish that dogs were people or people were more like dogs.

  27. #27 |  Quig | 

    Very, very little Australian in that dog, if any. There’s something Kelpie/Healer like in the face and body lin, but the markings & colour are all wrong for a cattle dog or kelpie. She’s a heinz mix that has come out very, very nicely. Train her well please!

  28. #28 |  Greg N. | 

    Independent George: My goodness that’s accurate. Every night I have a snoring pug sleeping on my left shoulder, and a 90-lb. chocolate lab stretched along my right side. But, strange as it may seem, I don’t think I could sleep any other way now.