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March 11, 2015

The Once and Forever Pillow

It started out innocently enough. “This puppy is obviously not sticking around long. I guess I’ll let her sleep on me this one time.” “Enjoy it while you can, I won’t be your pillow for long.” “I bet she’s leaving any day now…”
It started out innocently enough.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

“This puppy is obviously not sticking around long. I guess I’ll let her sleep on me this one time.”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

“Enjoy it while you can, I won’t be your pillow for long.”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

“I bet she’s leaving any day now…”

Of course, Penny stuck around. And she often stuck close to Eko-the-pillow.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

Sometimes, a bit too close

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

As Penny grew it got to the point where she couldn’t lay on her pillow without falling off the futon

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

But undeterred, Penny would snuggle closer

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

Or squeeze her little butt into a tight spot 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

Even though she’s grown so much, Penny’s never outgrown her preference to lay with Eko

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

And Eko, who was once so reticent, is quite amenable to his job as Pillow in Chief 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, funny

Two pups in a pod

I find a couple things about the standing pillow treaty interesting. First, it’s one directional. I’ve never seen Eko lay his head on Penny. Second, Eko doesn’t seem to mind being used as a pillow one bit. He used to grumble if you sat anywhere near him, but now he barely wakes up when Penny flops on him.

I’m interested to hear from others with multiple pets. What are the “terms of engagement” at your house between pets? Are there any standing treaties to determine sleeping arrangements?

Comments for The Once and Forever Pillow

  1. “put your head on my shoulder” was always a song by guys… probably it is only a girls thing to find a comfy headrest?

  2. Khia never lays near me but I always lay by her. Sometimes she minds but I think that’s only when I’m licking her ear nonstop.

  3. Kismet says:

    Kaci and Kali sleep near the peeps, not each other.

  4. I love that Penny sleeps on her big brother like that. We have very distinct sleeping arrangements here. Jack is very strict about sharing – he prefers to sleep alone. Maggie wouldn’t mind sharing and she will sleep in most any bed…they rarely snuggle and only if Maggie catches him off guard and then it doesn’t last for more than a minute.

  5. KarenS says:

    As with your two, my older dog allows the younger to use him as a pillow. Never the reverse! But unlike Eko & Penny, I think I can count only a handful of times this has happened in the 8 years they’ve lived together. Maybe because it’s 2 males? Maybe it’s just the way they both are?

    Either way, they love to pin us down & use us as pillows with one on each side. And we love it 🙂

  6. Well we only have one, but she treats us the way Penny treats Eko. Only we don’t grumble… 😉 Love those snuggling pics!!

  7. Our younger one always tries to lay on the older one, but the older one doesn’t like it. So the older one gets up and moves away most of the time, or she looks at us imploringly as if we’re going to shoo the younger dog away.
    We also get the ear and face licking from younger to older, but I understand that’s a pack placement thing? Who knows! LOL

  8. My two often sleep in close proximity but never together on the couch. Usually, Cody is on a chair and Dakota is on the floor beneath the chair. You know how on Seinfeld they had the “close talker?” Penny is the “close SLEEPER” lol!

  9. T&S says:

    Same here 🙂 funny these little RRs ladies 🙂

  10. What adorable pictures, sweet Eko is loved so much. In the one pic we noticed that sweet Penny was using Eko more like a bed than a pillow. lol Hugs and nose kisses

  11. coastingnz says:

    Brilliant photos, especially the “bum snuggle”. Ziggy likes to cuddle Nico but again not the other way round. Nico is very much Ziggy’s security blanket – if he gets told off he gets on Nicos bed with him. Nico is lying comfy in the sunshine, Ziggy has to lay there too – they are funny.

  12. KDKH says:

    None of our dogs have that kind of sleeping arrangement. I think Penny and Eko are pretty compatible. Although I have to admit that Eko doesn’t always look as happy as Penny about his pillow service!

  13. I think Eko is a special pup; plain and simple. Penny is lucky. Neeka will occasionally let Khoi drop a leg over her back, or fall asleep butt to butt, but inevitably, Neeka will get up and move. We just have to appreciate cuddling ridgebacks through yours.

  14. Ogee says:

    Sleeping arrangements are butt-to-butt in our house…but morning bath time is adorable. Used to be the cat who lined both dogs up and cleaned their ears and faces. When he passed away, Jackson assumed the duty and Bella sits patiently until he says that she is done.

  15. Gambler is just like Penny and has to be laying by or on one of the girls. Such sweet photos.

  16. When Harper Lee was younger, we had a terrier mix named Lexi. Lexi was old and set in her ways (that’s a nice way of saying that Lexi could have a major ‘tude), so we all stepped lightly around her. When Harper Lee was sleeping, Lexi loved to curl up with her back pressing against Harper Lee’s tummy. Harper Lee would just lie perfectly still and look at us as if to say, “Help me.” We didn’t dare reach down to move Lexi! Now that Lexi is gone, a picture of Harper Lee and Lexi napping together is one of my all-time favorite photos.

  17. Emmadog says:

    They are so funny! I hang out a lot with Katie and often sit or lie next to her. Bailie keeps more to herself or hangs our with cat bro Bert.

  18. Dottie & Tuffy-Cat says:

    If only we could all take a lesson from their playbook. Just get along and we’re all happy… well, reasonably happy. lol I guess you already know that you have two very special pups.
    Aren’t they also genetically connected, or am I losing it? Don’t answer the second part of that question. lol
    Dottie & Tuffy-Cat

  19. I reckon Eko would not sleep now unless Penny is on him ;-). Love the closeness of them both

  20. Rhodesian Ridgeback spoonings…love it-they are so adorable!

  21. Shalini says:

    https://somedogsomehuman.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/995881_10152002645525266_445332059_n.jpg

    This happened once 🙂 And another time they were both in the back seat and tired after day care, and he put his head on her 🙂 That NEVER happens.. he never lays on any other dog. But she was special 🙂

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