How Does Your Pet Like To Sleep?

There are plenty of things you have to teach your pet, but when it comes to sleep they require absolutely no instruction.  While Eko has always had the skill set for sleeping, I have noticed his form and style have changed over the years.

As a pup, Eko slept in the classic curled-up position

Like most pups, Eko would paw and spin for seemingly random lengths of time until finally plopping down in a ball.  There’s no consensus as to the exact purpose of this routine, but most agree the process is a mixture of digging up a place to sleep, making sure it’s clear, and then curling up for protection and warmth.

However, as Eko grew up his sleeping habits began to relax.

As did his posture and any fear he might be unsafe while asleep

Some might say his posture relaxed just a tad too much

I’m happy Eko feels relaxed, warm and comfortable enough to stretch out.  He’s really turned 180 degrees since I first got him.

Quite literally: turned 180 degrees

Curled up? I understand it. Relaxed? I get it.  But this upside down sleeping? Completely beyond my comprehension

If sleeping is an art, Eko is a modern day Leonardo da Vinci. But despite my best attempts to sleep upside down with all four of my appendages sticking straight up, I just can’t seem to get comfy.  Not sure what the appeal is to sleeping upside down, but Eko seems to have a great-grand-parent that was a bat.

Does your pet have any unique preferences when it comes to catching z’s?

31 Comments

I guess it’s got to do with the dog slowly getting used to the place? Donna always used to sleep curled up like a donut and I read that that is the lightest sleeping position so the dog is ready to jump up and react to anything. But as Donna get more secure with our home, you can see she starts to lay flat on her side more. The same with the crate, I only recently start to see her sprawling inside, rather than curled up. I’m waiting for the day she actually feels comfortable enough to sleep on her back!

Leo is a leaner when he sleeps. Likes to lean on the wall of his crate especially. During the day he’ll sleep leaning on a wall. But he’s loosened up a bit recently and I’ve actually seen him sleeping upside down a couple of times, leaning against the wall of course. When he dreams he’ll have a small squeeky bark and his legs will be twitching like he’s running in his dreams and chasing something. It’s so cute to watch.

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