|Lilah at the bottom of the stairs|
|Rosie, on her favorite stair, with The Ball, of course.|
|Tucker's homage to Rosie.|
I think part of the attractiveness of Under the Table is the pedestal bar that the dogs can lie Against. Come to think of it, I think Against is one of the most common sleeping positions for all of my dogs. Both Jasper and Tucker love to sleep Against the family room couch. Lilah likes to sleep Against the family room chair. In the living room, I’ve seen all three dogs line up, sleeping Against the sofa and love seat there. My dogs have slept Against walls, Against the kitchen island, Against our bed, Against their beds (not in the bed, but Against), Against the closet door (Jasper), Against me, and Against each other.
|Jasper, Against the counter|
|Rosie, Against the chaise.|
|Jasper, Against my leg.|
|Lilah, Against the chair.|
|Tucker and Jasper Against the island, all in a row.|
|Lilah and Jasper, Against each other.|
In our previous house, the dogs were allowed to go up on the couches and chairs. Pasha only slept on the futon couch in the family room. Kelsey, though, thought one of the best Sleeping Places was on the arm of the couch; it was quite wide since the arms were giant pillows. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of this, but a good visual image would be the stone lions that stand guard by the stairs of the New York Public Library.
Now we do allow dogs on the family room couch. Lilah sometimes goes on it , though her favorite spot is the window bench, where she’ll often sleep amidst the other cats (we’ve always felt Lilah was part cat.)
|Lilah on the window bench, hanging out like the cat she is.|
|The other cats on the window bench.|
Tucker sleeps on the couch every once in a while. But Jasper, the Comfort Hound, well, he owns the couch. It doesn’t matter how many people are on the couch, Jasper will find the tiniest of openings and just kind of squeeze and pour his long lanky body into it. Somehow--and we’re never quite sure how he does it--Jasper managers to start small on the couch, but expand over time, until there’s barely enough room for him and one single human. And of course, Jasper needs a pillow for his head, though a human lap may be substituted in a pinch.
|The couch is for dogs, right? Lilah, Tucker and Jasper get comfortable.|
|Dogs and a cat (Dawn) sleep on and around me, on the couch.|
Sometimes, if a Lap isn’t available, and it’s cold in the house, a Very Good Special Sleeping Place is what we sometimes refer to as The Dog Warmer. Though it is nothing more than a fluffy dog bed folded in half (for added height and comfort), it happens to be situated directly in front of a heating vent. In this case, the real estate adage about the importance of location truly applies. Both dogs and cats take advantage of the warm air that flows from the vent. Of course this only works for about half the year; in the summer, when the cool breeze of air conditioning blows over the bed, it loses some of it's attractiveness.
|Dawn (and Athena in the background) on the Dog Warmer.|
|Athena, as Meatloaf, finding her place in the sun.|
|Dawn, making sure the sun reaches kitty belly.|
|Jasper the Moose pours out of the small dog bed.|
|Sweet little Lilah looks dwarfed by the big bean bag dog bed.|
|Athena and Dawn curl up in the dog bed. (It's okay since it's not meant for cats.)|
|Though it's hard to catch them all in on place, here are 4/5 of my menagerie, on my bed.|