It’s hard to believe, but when this little pumpkin first came home, Hubby said, “No dogs on the bed. He has a crate, he can sleep in there.”
From the minute I snuggled him, he and I set out to break that rule. What can I say? We like to dance to our own drum.
While I think crate training is an amazing tool to help teach dogs the house rules, I hated having him in the crate at night. When he first came home and didn’t know where he was supposed to pee, he HAD to be in the crate when we weren’t there to supervise. I worked full-time, and was gone from the house 8 hours a day, and so it seemed cruel to put him in the crate for 6 or 7 hours at night.
I started staying up late. I’d fall asleep on the couch and then I’d wake up at 12:00 or 1:00 and put him in the crate.
Then I coaxed Hubby into letting him snuggle with me in the mornings after Hubby got up to get ready for work.
Thankfully, Hubby started work super early, so he left the house around 5:00 – 5:30. This meant he got up at 3:30.
Now I had Sampson’s overnight time in the crate down to about 3 1/2 hours.
This went on for about a year. Then, as it happened, our daughter was getting married in Florida, and of course, we all went.
When we drive long trips, we like to start late at night, early in the morning. As I recall, we left about 1:00 am. Sampson was all cuddled up in the back seat snoozing and then the cutest thing happened.
3:30 rolled around, and just like clock work, my little puppy crept his way to the front and laid his head on my arm that was resting on the armrest. He knew it was cuddle time.
We had rented a house for our daughter’s wedding, because we were there for the week before and the week after, and had a lot of last minute items to attend to.
Since we weren’t in OUR bed, I convinced Hubby to let Sampson sleep in the bed WITH us.
Now it’s a lonely night for me, when Sampson chooses to sleep somewhere else.