The dogs love playing hot lava floor in the sense that they’ll sleep on anything but the floor. Usually if I’m in my favorite reading chair upstairs with the ottoman, we all have to be on it. Sophie will squish in next to me while Rufus gets the ottoman. We’re all in the life boat, safely floating away from the lava monsters.
This poses some problems, namely one of space. Everything used to be Sophie’s domain until April 13. Then she had to share. She never gets territorial but like a typical and non-psychopathic older child, sharing has become a learned skill.
Despite having two beds in the living room, Rufus often insisted that they both share one, lest they float away in different directions and become only dogs. For two dogs over fifty pounds, it was a tight fit:
Sometimes it was about being near the heating vent, sometimes just because Rufus needed a snuggle. For her part, Sophie never got on a bed where Rufus was already sleeping since she knew how much space she wanted.
Armed with a PetSmart gift card (thank you to my neighbor who offered it in exchange for Rufus’ old puppy crate that could maybe fit half of him these days), Sophie and I headed to PetSmart to get a new bed. This is one of her favorite spots in the world. She starts squeaking as soon as we’re in the parking lot. Once there she roams the aisles wiggling at everybody. Then once we check out, she knows to run behind the cashier’s counter because that’s where the treats are!!!! And they always reward her for sitting and looking desperately hungry. Usually with three biscuits. She always makes out well.
We got the bed home, and neither dog wanted to go near it. Sophie chose the old beds for a bit while Rufus inspected the new one. He sniffed around it and tried to lift it up to check out the underside. Then he sat on his other bed.
Finally a breakthrough. It was a very cold twelve degrees this morning. They both decided they needed time in front of the heating vent and have been sleeping there for a few hours.
Enough room for each dog, yet squished together seems to be the preferred method of sleeping in the mornings. The Top Paw Orthopedic Inner Spring Bed, 32.5 x 42 x 6 inches. On sale at PetSmart for about $55. Hoping it lasts with 125+ pounds of dog on it.