We sleep here too

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:00 01/04/2011

Do your pets sleep on the bed? Your bed? Some people don't allow it. Some dog theorists say you mustn't let a dog on your bed because it's your territory and the dog needs the boundary else it won't see you as the pack leader and...well, zzzz.

Cleanliness is more of an issue for a lot of people. But if you think your bed is a place of crisp purity that a pet will spoil, then don't think about the fauna, the skin cells and other effluvia that inhabit the average human bed.

Me, I've grown not to mind. The cat sleeps on our bed often, and the dogs get to hop on as a treat every week or so, even sleeping there on the odd freezing night. The joy of sharing the bed on weekend mornings with two dogs and a cat is worth the theoretical compromise in hygiene, if you ask me.

Now let's get down to Furry Friday, which is on this very theme: cats and dogs that treat their owners' bed as theirs too.

Coverdog is McKenzie, the sweet little terrier you may have seen on earlier Furry Fridays.

McKenzie

Reader Claire's fluffy Trevor was caught in the act of settling down for a morning nap.

Trevor

Smudge was trekking across the comforter when he just, well, collapsed. Weariness comes over you like that sometimes, doesn't it?

Smudge

Pretty Mia has that look, I know it well: "I know I'm not meant to be here on this high-thread-count manchester, but please don't make me get down."

Mia

At full stretch in the sun, alongside yesterday's trackies, is Zeus. Thanks for the photo, Lisa.

Zeus

Next, a couple of handsome gingers: on the left is Leo; on the right is Tyson. Tyson is a senior cat, around 12, but owner Corinne says he's become 10 times more affectionate in his mature years than when he was young, and a lot more vocal. "He just meows at all hours of the day and night just to say hello," says Corinne. "Gotta love him for his character, but gheesh, I'm sure it's worse than having a newborn in the house."

Leo

Tyson

Now a little shot of Carter, cosily tucked in.

Carter

Another sun-baked bedspread, and this time it's two pets making the bed their home: Ruby and Tigger. Thanks for the photo, Marcia. My dog Connor and cat Merrick take on exactly the same pose, with Connor resting his chin on the cat's warm furry side. It never works the other way round.

Ruby and Tigger

This atmosphere here is a lot cooler: Safari and Sega seem to be sharing the space under sufferance. I wonder how long the coexistence lasted - going by Sega's expression, I'd say not many more minutes after this photo was taken.

Safari and Sega

Lily is one of those cats that love to "help" with the making of the bed. My experience is that cats are especially good at getting themselves inside the corner tuck of a fitted sheet.

Lily

This is Bobby. I wonder if he's like my dogs, who try to jump on to the bed as soon as it's been vacated but before the human body heat has gone.

Bobby

Reader Katy sent this picture of her Burmese, Chou Chou. The cat is allergic to fleas and had licked the fur off her own belly. Fleas? Um.

Chou Chou

Out like a light: Corona. This boy, now two years old, is one of two SPCA adoptees sharing their lives with readers Holly and Brendan.

Corona

Out for the count: Rufus.

Rufus

Finally, reader Sarah sent this picture of her soft-coated little dog enjoying the sun, warmth and cotton comfort.

Sarah's dog

Thanks to all for posting your photos. Please email me your own photos, or go to the Four Legs Good Facebook page and use the Upload Photo button. While you're there, browse through the 1000-plus photos that readers have posted.

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mchaggis   #1   08:17 am Apr 01 2011

Our ginger boy Puss, during the cold winter months, snuggles down right under the bedclothes between us, making the most of the available body heat. He stays there until the sun comes into the bedroom, then he will transfer himself to the sunniest spot on top the bedclothes!

From then on, Puss will follow the sun and make the most of its warmth throughout the house and in the garden, until the heat pump goes on inside, when he takes his place wherever the warmest area inside might be.

However, during summer, he sleeps on top of our bed, right in front of the rotating fan!

Comfort at all times, it seems!

Faye   #2   08:23 am Apr 01 2011

Ruby and Tigger are just gorgeous! My old cat Fluff used to love getting into bed with me and would sleep with her back to me and her head on the pillow - no photos unfortunately! Smooch loved to get in and out and in and out of the bed when she was a kitten - she was like a yo-yo!

Now she is not a bed cat at all, preferring my office chair in the study. Shelby and Misty like sleeping on our bed but not in it, and mostly only if we are in it - otherwise it's the couch or spare room bed!

Gorgeous photos.

emma   #3   08:27 am Apr 01 2011

I arrived home to find our bed very messy, was so sure i had made it before we left for work, i turned around to see muddy foot prints up the wall and the window wide open...our boxer x had decided to squeeze in the window for a ruckess on our bed before squeezing back out again before we got home!

Jayne   #4   08:32 am Apr 01 2011

I don't have a photo of it, but in winter both my cats sleep UNDER the bedsheets snuggled up next to me

m   #5   08:33 am Apr 01 2011

aaaaawwwwww :)

JeM   #6   08:34 am Apr 01 2011

Cuteness. One of my dogs sleeps in the bed (with my arm around her and her head on my shoulder) and the other sleeps on top of the covers in the crook of hubbies knees. They're happy, i'm happy, hubbies uncomfy... but all good!!

Peanuts   #7   08:49 am Apr 01 2011

@ Tyson: Our cat has more affectionate as she is getting older. Like Tyson meows for no reason in the middle of the night other than saying 'I am here' and wants patting in the wee small hours of the night! She has the occasional habit in the middle of the night after going for a snack of walking up the entire length of my partner's body (including his head) and then settling down above his pillow to go to sleep!

All the animals featured in the Friday blog are so loveable!

n   #8   09:03 am Apr 01 2011

Awwww I love these pics!! It's the biggest treat in the world when our two giant puppies get to come on the bed. They tend to steal blankets (by shuffling closer & closer to you) or insist on keeping their head on your feet... I ususally handle about 4 hours of this 'treat' then have to kick them out *lol*

RC   #9   09:06 am Apr 01 2011

These are fabulous pics and great captions. I love the way Smudge has settled.

JJ   #10   09:09 am Apr 01 2011

That picture of Smudge set me off giggling - great photo. I've given in completely to my animals. I doze off at night with 2 cats happily purring in their designated spots and wake up in the morning with an extra 4 paws & 24kilos curled up with me & the cats. Love that just waking up phase when the cats are stretching & the dog is still sleepy but you give his side a gentle rub & he just does the most massive stretch as well & then groans himself back into that relaxed sleepy position. Some days its just so hard to get out of bed!


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