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November 4, 2015

Comfort is Not Always Comfortable

Eko and Penny love getting comfortable. Burrowing in soft blankets, stretching on big beds and melting into deep couch cushions. But I’ve recently realized finding comfortable places comes second to finding places of comfort. The two are not the same. The pups find comfort in proximity to each
Eko and Penny love getting comfortable. Burrowing in soft blankets, stretching on big beds and melting into deep couch cushions.But I’ve recently realized finding comfortable places comes second to finding places of comfort. The two are not the same.

The pups find comfort in proximity to each other

So Penny will always choose a cramped space near Eko over a larger, but bare, cushion

Comfortable spot? Maybe not, but it’s filled to the brim with comfort

That comfort includes Emily and I too. The closer they can get to us, the better.

Even if it means practically crushing Emily between them

We have two single-person chairs in our front room. They’re right next to a large couch and a comfy bench which I have all set-up for the dogs. Eko and Penny agree the couches only fit one person.

One person. And two dogs, obviously

The Marking Our Territory totem pole

I scoff and grumble as the pups step around (and on) me to situate themselves.

They somehow manage to squish themselves in, largely by pressing my internal organs into each other. It’s a bit difficult to breath, I can’t move and it’s certainly not comfortable.

But I don’t get up. I stroke Eko and Penny on the head, feel the soft rhythm of their breathing and smile. In that moment we are safe, warm and together. That’s comfort.

I’m with the pups on this one. No amount of blankets or cushions could ever beat that feeling.

Comments for Comfort is Not Always Comfortable

  1. Ah, our Sally was like that – her preference was always “on top of” rather than “next to”. I miss that with Jack & Maggie – neither of them are big cuddlers, so enjoy it Will.

  2. Mona sigal says:

    I think you are lucky that BOTH dogs want to cuddle with and crush you! At my house, only one of them (60 pounds) wants to melt into me while the other (92 pounds) just wants to be near me. I would LOVE if they BOTH would pile up!

  3. judy says:

    I totally agree with your point of view – I share my queen size bed with my 3 RRs, and manage to sleep very soundly, which is good, because no room to toss and turn! A big plus – it means my thermostat can be turned down, WAY down, at night!

  4. Will, can you possibly be as great a guy as you appear to be? I am in total awe! Emily must be one happy woman, if she loves the pups even half as much as you apparently do!

  5. What a perfectly wonderful way to go!

  6. coastingnz says:

    Ziggy is just the same – the more squashed he is the better. On the odd occasion Stephen and I actually get to snuggle each other on the couch a little brown nose appears at our feet and then low and behold he squeezes himself inbetween us – how he fits there only he knows!

  7. Pat says:

    I always called them puppy piles. It’s always preferable to be sleeping over, under or around someone else.

  8. Emmadog says:

    Being all snuggled together is really the very best way to be.

  9. Cupcake says:

    We’re with you, W. Mom always says the word, “Ouch!” When I squeeze my 22 pound body into the 2 inches of space next to her, but she never chases me. She cuddles me and pets my head…..

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  10. Kismet says:

    Emily has some fancy pillows.

  11. Jo Rhodes says:

    Oh man, my boys only weigh 10 and 15 lbs respectively. I can’t move if I’m under them. The worst though is when I need a bathroom break but I don’t have to get up for work. Grumbles all around.

  12. looks like my house too, love the photos of you will and the dogs, so was it comfortable for you?

  13. I enjoy it to have the pup around me, even when it tis uncomfy for me… but I wish I would find out why Easy has to spin around 87 times before his 80 lbs land on me… :o)

  14. fredrieka says:

    It is hard to be a lap dog when your big, I know this first paw

  15. It’s a great feeling having the pups near even if uncomfortable for us doggie parents. Just wait until you have kids and your baby falls asleep in your arms and your arms go numb or your back has a crick but you don’t move for fear of waking the baby.

  16. Heather says:

    Maiden can NEVER get too close to my husband or I. She will trot over, jump onto wherever you are sitting/lying, paw at any blankets/covers that may be available for her to bury herself under and promptly wedge up beside you with a long groan/sigh to let you know she is now comfy and you may not move. Every time she is forced to get up if one of us moves she will, without fail, do a full head/body shake and then trot off to find the next warm body. We love every second of it 🙂

  17. Oh I SOOO agree……even though I only have Sam to contend with in the “sharing furniture” department, once he settles down on me, I love it and won’t move until he wakes up. I treasure those minutes of closeness and wouldn’t trade them for the world.

    Pam

  18. Delft says:

    It certainly looks cozy…
    And being a bit squeezed is also a source of comfort to dogs: they lean against walls when they are scared, and there are “anxiety vests” e.g. for dogs afraid of thunder that comfort through pressure. I guess it’s like the human “hold me tight”.

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