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Sleeping With Westies

Research indicates that around 50% of dogs sleep with their owners. If you had told me 15 years ago that we would be sharing our king size bed with Miss Chloe, Darby, and Paris, I would have laughed at you. I mean, after all, three dogs? My upbringing tells me I should be embarrassed to admit it, but I learned a long time ago that our dogs are ours and if you don't want white hair (they say that Westies do not shed!) on your black pants, visit someone else!

Our experience has been that it strengthens the bond we feel together and we just love their affection. Now, I must say there are times I have to battle it out with Miss Chloe. She is a notorious bed hog. I try to be as persistent as she is and sometimes I win, especially if I can get Linda to slide her over toward her. I try to be firm, making it absolutely clear what part of the bed they are allowed to sleep, but it doesn't usually work! They intrude on my space, they don't give any ground. They push slowly and steadily against me until I give up. Linda has over half the bed for herself and I spend the night surrounded with love, affection, and an occasional lick. I wouldn't have it any other way.