My dog has been sleeping in my bed for nine years now. Originally, I was against the idea but my wife insisted. Many nights I spent in agony as the dog planted herself between me and my wife leaving no room for my left or right arm, depending on what side of the bed I slept on.
After we got a queen size four seasons mattress things got a bit better. But it was still rather uncomfortable as the dog liked to stretch out in the middle of the night, digging her nails into my back and buttocks.
Last year the wife decided the bed was too stiff for her and she has been camping out on the couch since but the dog has never left my side. She has, however, been pacing around the bed and whining trying to find the easiest way up.
Last night she made an attempt to get up, her back legs gave out and she fell back to the floor. My dog is getting old, the hips are starting to go. I had to get out of bed and lift the dog onto the mattress. I told her I would get some doggy steps but I'm not sure where I would put them. She gratefully smothered my face with smelly dog kisses and then rolled up into a ball on the side of the bed where my wife used to sleep.
My dog is my best friend in the world and I can't imagine life without her but nothing lasts forever, especially in a dogs life. I will one day have to move on after she is laid to rest. Until then I would like to make her life as wonderful as I can. It's the least I can do in exchanged for what she has given me.