By Lorraine Summers
Over our married life of 38 years, we have been privileged to own four wonderful dogs. Only one of them, our Brittany named Sandy, wanted to snuggle up in bed with us.
Oh, she was content to stretch out on the carpet in the same room with us, or lay on the floor in front of the fan in the summer. But, as the weather grew colder, she had two interesting traits.
She loved to romp in the snow with our children, but when her feet got cold, with ice sticking to her fur, in she would come in and find a steam radiator to lie next to.
Yes, in our big house up north we had a real steam heating system complete with hissing and banging radiators. It was wonderful.
Sandy would stick her feet under the hot radiator until her feet had warmed up. Please do not expect her to move out of the way this was HER SPOT!
On very cold nights, she would sneak over by the foot of our bed until she thought we were both asleep. Then she would put one paw tentatively on the bed.
If I did not move or sigh, she would soon have a second paw up on the bed. But, if I moved, back would go both feet to the rug. Then she would start all over, when she finally figured it was safe, up she would come and get on top of the covers between us.
Now the dog was no dummy, she would stretch out, length wise, her back to mine and her paws against Birney’s back. OK not so bad, but then she would push with all four of her powerful legs. Soon all our blankets would be around her in a cozy nest.
So, she ended up nice and warm and we ended up with only 2 inches on each edge of the mattress, and only a corner of the sheet or blanket. Not very efficient for the humans, but at least the Dog was warm. Like with most dogs, we had to keep an eye on Sandy when we had a fire in the fireplace. Fires have a magic force that pulls dogs ever closer to them.
- The closer you get to the hot spot the quicker you warm up.
- The one who has the most insulation is the most comfortable.
- If you think it is too cool inside, go play outdoors for a while.
You’ll enjoy the warmth all the more when you come back in.
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