Riley Likes Companionship

Back in January of 2018, in 2 Dogs, 4 Dog Beds, and This? I shared how we had purchased some new dog beds, but Riley and Stella always seemed to be in the same bed.  We weren’t quite sure why that was; there could be so many reasons. But here we are, a bit over a year later with what we believe is the answer.

Riley just loves Stella’s companionship. No matter the cost to his comfort.  It appears to be that simple.

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This week I rearranged my office, and in doing so found I didn’t have room to put Stella’s bed where it had been in the past. Until I could decide what to do with it, I just tucked it into the small space available.

Stella liked the new spot, because she had a 180-degree view of the room.  I had her try out a smaller bed that fit that spot, but she didn’t like it. So I took her big, soft foam bed and just squished it into the space that was available. and she was happy.

This morning Stella was relaxing in her bed and Riley sauntered over to her. When he saw there was no room for him anymore, he looked at me as if to say, “What??? Did YOU do this?”   Do you see the accusation in his eyes, or is it my imagination?

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Since he couldn’t see any room for him, he decided to try coming at it from a different angle. But that didn’t work either. Stella, who prefers to be in bed by herself anyway, just ignored his efforts.

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After several unsuccessful attempts Riley, looked at me questioningly;  “What am I supposed to do now?”


A little later, Stella got up, stretched, and got a drink of water. When she came back to my office, she climbed into Riley’s bed, because he was in her bed (patiently waiting for her return, I’m sure). I think he thought if he could just get in bed first, then everything would be okay!

When Riley saw Stella wasn’t coming to her own bed though, he went over to where she was and climbed in. He was finally happy.

But then I started getting stares from Stella. I think she was asking me, “Really? Can’t you do something about this guy?”



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Comments (12)

  1. Barbara I. Barker

    They look like sweet little companions, not only for each other but for you too! Why not just bite the bullet and go buy a really big bed for both of them so that they can be together and both be comfortable!?

    April 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm
  2. Sue Ogden

    You simply HAVE to keep us posted on your solution to this. It’s not been a good day here so this was just the pick-up I needed. Sorry it might be at your expense. I had 2 Siamese (sisters) for many years and thankfully only occasionally had this problem. On a few occasions when I was traveling long enough I didn’t have a friend kitty sit but took my girls to be boarded, the vets followed my wishes and put them in a kennel together. UNTIL!!!!! They’d reach the point Stella & Riley are at only theirs also encompassed terrific Siamese squalling which set off EVERY animal in the kennels. So over the years, the vets started them together, knowing they’d soon have to separate them. They also learned that cages next to each other didn’t work. My girls were so spoiled out there that they didn’t spend much time in the cages. Sapphire, miss lap sitter, got to set out front in the receptionist’s lap a LOT. Topaz, tiny miss cutey pie, sometimes just got to run around out front if there weren’t any big dogs! So you may simply HAVE to make room for a bed for Riley and sadly he may have to deal with Stella wanting to sleep alone! Maybe Riley crowds her and she doesn’t like it! Men can be that way! BUT we women do rule the roost! LOL

    April 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm
  3. DeLoris Musick

    Oh my goodness, this is soooo precious! Isn’t it amazing what you can get from their eyes! What a great story!

    April 5, 2019 at 11:44 am
    • Karen

      I don’t know if others can see what I read in their eyes, because I have the benefit of knowing their personalities too. But gosh, they sure “talk” to me with their eyes!

      April 6, 2019 at 9:40 am
  4. Our fur babies can be so entertaining and yours are so sweet! I love hearing stories about them. When we brought home Sweetie our other Mini Schnauzer took her right in and they loved each other so much. But they loved me even more. Whenever I’d sit on the love-seat both of them wanted to lay up against the side of my leg. This had always been Sugar’s place but Sweetie was pretty insistent. They’d jockey for the position and most of the time whoever “lost” would lay on top of my leg and the other pooch until they finally ooched their way in!

    April 6, 2019 at 9:27 am
    • Karen

      Oh, how sweet! Yes, Riley and Stella are like that too, jockeying for position! Don’t they just make you smile and laugh at the time same??

      April 6, 2019 at 9:39 am
  5. LOVE it! We miss our Chester Boy and so does Buckie—was the same scenario at our house for seven years! What a hoot! AND you’re right –no matter how big the bed or where it is, they’ll find it and keep each other snuggled!

    April 6, 2019 at 11:26 am
  6. FussBudget

    I so enjoyed reading about Riley and Stella again. I’m sitting her at my computer with a big grin on my face that won’t go away. I also enjoyed reading the comments to this. It feels so good to know that others love their critters as much as I love mine. Seriously, Karen, an awful lot of what you write should be in a book.

    April 12, 2019 at 2:55 am
    • Karen

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad that my little stories give you joy. I love reading the comments too.

      April 12, 2019 at 6:54 am
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