An article in WebMD reported on a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. It turns out that “nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.” I wrote about this topic in my Care2.com blog, and 88% of readers have their pets sleep with them.
Even though my dogs are part of my family and some people call me a crazy pet parent, I have to admit that my dogs were never invited in my bed, until recently. It all changed when I adopted Gina. Maybe it’s because she’s the smallest dog I’ve had in many years, but she is allowed in my bed by invitation only. Truth be told, the more I invite her, the more I want to have her sleep with me. I love the warmth in the winter, and the comfort of her cuddles all year round.
It started with just the occasional nap together and gradually grew into frequent nights in bed together after my nightly ritual of playing the piano for my dogs. Other nights she chooses to sleep downstairs in her dog bed, next to Sanchez. I’ve tried to entice Sanchez into my bed. But, even when I pay him (with treats) he doesn’t stay in my bed. He’s never been the affectionate type.
My sister’s family recently adopted their first dog, Stella. From the picture (on the left), you can tell that she just loves to sleep with my 16 year old niece. This is a far cry from the shelter floor she slept on for over four months before she was adopted.
Do your pets sleep with you? If so, what are some of the benefits? Do the human family members in your household ridicule you for inviting your furry family into your bed? Thanks for sharing your stories in a comment below.