Yes, with me.
“They sleep with you?” she asked with a hint of disgust.
“Yeah, why, is that weird?”
That was enough for me to figure out just how she felt about it.
Until Sunny — who I got two years ago — I never slept with dogs. Or guinea pigs. Or our pet turtle. Animals had separate living quarters — and those were usually somewhere outside.
My parents never let animals — aside from fish — in the house. Even when I got a little, shy Papillon, the poor guy had to stay outside.
When I first got Sunny, I got a bed, too. Just for her. But it didn’t take long before this little four-month-old puppy was curled up next to my legs in bed — my bed — that everything changed.
Now I can’t imagine my dogs sleeping anywhere else.
I wondered if this was weird. Reality TV diva Kim Kardashian can’t sleep with pooches in her sheets. But is she the norm?
According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62 percent of small dogs, 41 percent of medium-sized dogs and 32 percent of large dogs sleep with their owners. (Even majority of cats sleep with their adult owners.)
So it’s normal — but is it healthy?
Not if you have pet allergies or asthma. And pets can “bring a wide range of zoonotic pathogens into our environment,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Still, I can’t kick my furry friends out of my bed.