If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook you may have noticed a trend regarding my posts.
I tend to post the same thing over and over again.
When we first brought Bailey home we did what any good parents would do – spoiled the shit out of her and fed her lobster.
Well, not really. We waited until last year to feed her lobster. But that’s besides the point.
This dog is the definition of spoiled and it’s our fault. She goes to work everyday with Paco, I take her for long walks when I get home, she licks our plates clean after dinner, we buy her a new toy or treat anytime we go shopping, every time we go outside to sit on the patio she follows us and if we shut the door in front of her she barks her face off saying “HEY!!!! WHAT ABOUT ME?!!!” …. you get the drift. We are all constantly together. Which I love. Or should say loved until it started to disrupt my sleep. Because yes – we let her sleep in bed with us.
I guess I should give some background information on her. She was not an easy puppy to train, at first. We tried to crate train her and it was a mess – literally. After many sleepless nights of constant crying and cleaning up the mess in her crate at 3am we decided to put her bed at the foot of our bed and if she got up in the night we’d hear her if she needed to go out. This worked wonderfully so we decided to eliminate the crate completely even if we left her alone in the house. We figured that since she was comfortable and calm in our bedroom that when we left the house she’d just go to our room and sleep instead of tearing up the house or making a mess. This also worked wonderfully. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of our bedroom being her “den” but it was much better than scrubbing carpets and hosing down the crate.
But of course, slowly but surely she started to jump on our bed at night and cuddle up in between us while we slept. It was adorable so we let it happen. But now… it’s not so adorable because I am losing sleep over it.
I have always been a restless sleeper. I wake up numerous times throughout the night and always have a hard time falling back asleep. When Bailey started sleeping in bed she disrupted my sleep more than I thought possible. She kicks and pushes her legs into mine forcing me to curl up into a ball to allow more room for her. It got to a point where I started to push her down and move her over to Paco’s side but she always wandered back to my side.
About a month ago I reached my breaking point. I couldn’t take it anymore and told Paco that we need to keep her off the bed at all costs while we’re sleeping. He agreed and has been really helpful with moving her to her own bed when she tries to jump up on the bed. She’s a smart dog and has already started to sleep in different areas of the house.
But y’all…. I feel guilty. Like badddddd.
I let her sleep in bed for 2 years with us and now all of sudden I’m ruining her routine and making her sleep on the floor. Tell me I’m crazy for feeling bad?
Sincerely & Sarcastically,