My husband and I got our dog, Riley, in 2005. There happened to be an event at the convention center that weekend, where vendors were presenting the latest-and-greatest in dog care products. We bought a bed for Riley there, and we still have it to this day. He has always loved it. Even when we bought him newer beds, softer beds, he wanted “that” bed.
In December of 2016, we acquired a second dog, Stella, who was just a year old. We, of course, bought her her own bed; but it wasn’t long before we noticed that she and Riley were almost always in the same bed – HER bed.
We couldn’t determine whether or not Riley preferred her bed, if he wanted to be where she was, or if he was just making a statement that he was the Top Dog.
Stella’s bed was softer than Riley’s bed was. Now that Riley is nearly 13 years old, we thought that maybe it was the softness that was appealing to him. So we went out and bought 2 more beds, exactly alike. Soft pillowy beds. Beds marketed specifically for older dogs. And now we had 2 dogs and 4 dog beds, and sat back to watch what would happen.
We find, more often than not, Stella and Riley are still in the same bed. We’ve also noticed that it is Riley that will climb into the bed where Stella is resting, and not the other way around.
So now we have 4 dog beds, and we’re still in the same situation we were in before. Two dogs in one bed. Is it the bed? Is it the companionship? Or is Riley saying, “Okay, you’ve been here a year now, but I’ve been here nearly 13; so I’m STILL the Top Dog.”
What do you think?