Saturday, 5 March 2011

There’s nothing like a hot dog in your bed….


With the temperature falling outside ( when it should be getting warmer) there’s nothing quite like curling up in bed with a good book and a warm whippet. Much better than a hot water bottle because hot water bottles go cold. The only drawback is that whippets have a tendency to move and sometimes they move in such a way that their feet land up on your back as they try to manoeuvre you out of the bed. For a whippet, when hot, will stretch and it is surprising quite how much room they think they need. It doesn’t matter how big your bed is you will find that you will have only a six inch strip on the side, if you are lucky.
However, when it is cold they curl up delightfully and fit just right.
I blame my mother.
When I was a child we had whippets and Rob was always allowed to sleep upstairs. He had his own basket in my parent’s room. My mother swears blind that if it were not for Rob my sister and I would have had for more siblings. It took me a while to work this out but suffice to say Rob didn’t stay in his basket all night.
Some nights I would be allowed to have Rob in my bedroom and we would make baskets out of my bedding to curl up in, sometimes Rob would stay mostly he would land up with my parents.
It was the 70s, it was cold and oil was costly. Dad was away a lot doing Dad things with the Army, probably in Northern Ireland. And Mum was at home with two little girls and a whippet. I suspect Rob was encouraged to get into bed with Mum, though of course he’s never be one to ask twice, what whippet would pass up such an opportunity? The dog was something to cuddle as she couldn’t cuddle her daughters at night as they would wonder why and get scared. Rob helped.
My whippets help me, though sometimes I do question the EBJ’s usefulness as yet another thing goes missing. So this morning I have been in bed cuddling my elder whippet reading my book and well it was bliss…

9 comments:

muummmmeeeeee...... said...

If my dogs didn't shed shit loads of fur and fart so much they'd be allowed into my bed...

mrsnesbitt said...

Cor - it sounds so comfortable - free central heating too which let's face it - with the fuel prices as they are could be a good thing! Do you need to get up though? Warm, dog, book - I'd be in for the day! lol!

Von said...

Oh joy!! The advantages of whippets over Greyhounds who are generally just too big to share beds with.

octarinefire said...

Oh how I miss that. I used to live in a small flat, my bed was the sofa and I shared it with my greyhound. Good job we were both quite skinny. She used to lay stretched out alongside me, on her back, legs in the air, wedged between me and the back of the sofa. She did occasionally brace her back against the back of the sofa, put all her paws on me then stretch her legs and shove me onto the floor. I don't miss that part so much.

Little Red Hen said...

My lab sleeps on the bottom of our bed and I usually sleep with my feet under her chin. So cosy in the middle of winter, not so much in the middle of summer. Then she gets pushed off onto the floor.

CAMILLA said...

Hello Tattie, ah bless, I always have Daisy my JRT sleep at the bottom of the bed, she likes that spot not only that, her own pillow too.!

So lovely to wake up in the morning to be greeted by wet kisses.!

Miss Sadie said...

I've never gotten accustomed to sleeping on my master's bed. Frankly, even though it's a full-sized bed, I don't think there would enough space for a 250 pound person (who thinks he's a Bear) and a 50 pound Poodle with long legs. Lying on the floor beside the bed is just great, however.

Also, when he's reading, usually in the evening, I'm perfectly content to lie on his feet, or cuddle up beside him on the sofa.

Posie said...

I would sneak my dog into bed whenever the happy farmer was away, much much better than a hot water bottle.

Preseli Mags said...

My dogs are too hairy and smelly so my bed remains a dog-free zone. Perhaps I should get myself a nice shiny whippet? She's such a photogenic dog too.

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