Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Little Climber

When I take a shower, Jasmine does one of two things–she lays down on my robe (which I lay on the floor for that purpose) or she paces around the shower door and occaisionally taps on the door (“Aren’t you done YET?).

The other morning, instead of placing my robe on the floor, I piled it with a bunch of clothes on the bed.  I went and took a shower, and when I got out, this is what I saw:

Jasmine scaled the mountain of clothes and pillows and made it to the top

Jasmine scaled the mountain of clothes and pillows and made it to the top

Jasmine has never climbed onto the bed alone before.  Apparently, she was so motivated to lay on my clothes that she scaled an accent pillow on the floor which allowed her to climb up onto the cedar chest and onto the bed.

Instead of admonishing her, I grabbed the camera (of course).  I called hubby, and he was suitably impressed.  I guess we shouldn’t be so amazed that she can figure out how to get what she wants.  Dachshunds are good at that!

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Bed Hog

While we don’t let Jasmine sleep all night with us, we do let her up on the bed for a snooze both in the mornings and before shutting off the lights at night.

I’ve read that having the dog on the bed is bad.  Placing the dog on the bed puts him/her on the same “level” as you and could cause problems–it could give the dog the impression that he/she is the “alpha” of the “pack.”  Also, dachshunds could hurt themselves if they jump off the bed and land incorrectly.  Great arguments against dogs sleeping in the big bed, right?

Well, the real reason Jasmine doesn’t sleep on our bed is pretty simple–she’s a bed hog.  A huge bed hog.  She takes up an enormous amount of room for such a small dog.  When I let her up in the morning for a short snooze, she pushes me to the edge of our bed–a California King.  I have about one body width of space, and she hogs the rest of it.  When I try to move her over, she becomes an 11-pound floppy sack of potatoes–lumpy, immovable.  She groans with complaint as if I am at fault for her bad manners.  Even worse, I move her over and she scoots back to snuggle with me.

Okay, so I like the snuggling part.  But even when I move towards the middle of the bed (to give myself more edge space), she manages to push me back into “my place.”

So, Jasmine is forever destined to be a “floor bed” dog.  Unless she learns some big bed manners.

And on a separate note, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  We wish you much love and happiness this holiday season!

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There’s a Dachshund In My Bed

I once said that I wouldn’t let Jasmine up on the bed anymore because I was afraid that she would want to sleep there all the time.  Well, hubby loves it when Jasmine crawls over to him for scratchies, so she’s been up on the bed with us fairly often.  Now, she doesn’t get to sleep there, she just gets to spend some time with us on the bed.  When it’s time to turn out the lights, I put her back into her bed on the floor next to me, and she quickly settles down and goes to sleep.

Some mornings when I can’t face the 6:15 a.m. wake-up call (ala doggie jumping up on the side of the bed with wagging tail and smiling face), I have been known to also pick her up, place her next to me and go back to sleep.  She snuggles into me quickly and is snoring within a minute.  When I awaken and get out of bed, she rolls on her back and tries to look cute to stall the inevitable…removal from the big bed.

Hubby says that he wouldn’t mind if Jasmine slept in the bed with us, but I’m trying not to let that happen.  There’s nothing wrong with it, but I’d like the dogs (yes, I’m already considering that we’ll have more than one!) to have their own space and us to have ours.  I don’t mind that Jasmine comes into our space and shares it with us, but I’d like to keep the consistency of her sleeping in her bed at night.  It’s SO hard to do…snuggling with that sweet little dog is really nice.  🙂

Do you let your dog(s) sleep with you?  Have they taken over your bed?


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