Now we have a slight problem here. Lately, Castor has been getting up in the middle of the night, and whereas he can sleep all day, we cannot, of course, so we need to get him to sleep all night. Same pattern most nights lately: he sleeps well in his bed outside our bedroom until 4 or 5 am, when he gets up and comes in to our bedroom. He just stands by my bed until I wake up, and I get up and fetch his bed and put it next to mine. This has always worked before if he has woken up (he would just lie down and go back to sleep within a minute or two), but now he just sits in his bed and puts his chin on my bed, often with a front paw on my hand. He does not seem scared, and he doesn't want to go out, but we're quite sure he'd like to come up on our bed. We're not keen on that so we're looking for other options.
Although it's not terribly cold here, it's been very windy lately and there is often a draft on the floor, so in his bed, it might well be a bit chilly. Castor has a plastic basket bed with a couple of fleece blankets and a big towel. That has worked well so far but he might need something a bit more cosy and warm.
So what kind of bed should we look for? Those of you who live in cold climate, what types of beds do your dogs have?
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Blue and Wellie sleep on our bed. It's too late for us but I would never advise it to anyone else.
I know someone who uses this for their bulldog. She said it took him a few minute to get used to it but then he was fine. Maybe something like this is an option?
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Amber has a blanket she drags around the house throughout the winter. She drags it from room to room with her; it starts out on the sofa everyday and she drags it off and around. At night she sleeps on it until she gets up then we are back to dragging it around. Ruby sleeps with our daughter but Amber refuses to behave in bed so she gets the sofa. Good luck.
well im guilty of letting bella sleep with us i gripe about it every single night to bc she lays on my covers and i feel trapped on one side haha but if she wasnt down there i probably wouldn't sleep well. she does have two beds of her own one in living room and one in our room.
Its so hard being the queen!!!
I can't help... we gave in to them sleeping with us 11 years ago... so our bed is the right place for them.
Hope you find a nice toasty bed for the handsome fella
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Bocephus has several beds. One of his favorites is his bagel bed and they are on sale at Amazon all the time
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I found this bed at Tuesday Mornings a year ago for 35 bucks! Farley LOVES it. Actually all my dogs love it. But for a 50 lb bulldog this really fits him well. He loves to rest his chin up on the arms and back of the bed. And it has zippers so you can take the arm rolls out and wash the cover and cushion easily. This is what it looks like online... Luxurious Faux Linen Dog Sofa | Wayfair and this is Farley sleeping in his bed below.
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We have tried bed after bed for George and like some others, we gave up because he loves to be in the bed with us. Hope you have some luck and find the right fit for Castor!!
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Thank you so much for your suggestions and for sharing your experience.
I think we'll have to take Castor to a pet store and let him choose a bed! A soft, round, padded, and possibly roofed one seems to be what we should be looking for. I've been thinking of getting a sheep's skin too as that would probably be warm and cosy.
We live in Los Angeles, so it's never too cold here, but when we travel somewhere cold, Matilda gets soooo cold at night, even with her cushy bed/blankets or even sleeping with us!
To remedy this, I got her a light fleece sweater (it's pretty much a dress on her - it's really long for her width) that she sleeps in on these trips - totally solved the issue and she never wakes up shivering in it.
Bullies are so funny, they're either too hot because of their girth or too cold because they don't have much hair!