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Keep your Bed for People without Upsetting Your Pets
January 23, 2014
I have a very sweet Irish Setter named “Baron”, he loves to sleep in our bed. This was fine when he weighed 10 lbs but as you can imagine, not so much now that he is 60 lbs.
My boyfriend and I have been struggling to get him out of our bed but being a very cuddly boy he absolutely refuses to go. Crying and pacing throughout the night and keeping us up until we give in and allow him into our bed yet again so we can sleep. Our sleeps were broken, cramped and we were getting very cranky. We decided we would look into the possibility of purchasing a king sized bed. We measured out our bedroom and realized that our bedroom would simply not accommodate a bed that large. What would we do? Would we be sleeping in these closed quarters forever, being miserable? We created this problem by letting him in our bed in the first place we just need to keep reminding ourselves of this.
During one of our sleepless nights I was on the computer looking at “Pinterest”, when I came across a great idea. Someone had made a bed for their pet next to the head of their bed. It was the same height as their bed so the pet thought it was actually sleeping with them but it really was in their own bed. What a terrific idea. I put my boyfriend to work right away. This had to be the answer we had been searching for. He built a prototype, no point building something really nice and expensive if it wasn’t going to work. I put a dog bed on it, a quilt, one of my pillows, some of his toys and tadah! It was his! HE LOVED IT! He slept in it right away. I could reach over and touch him while he slept and he loved that. Our sleepless nights were over!
He still comes over for cuddles at the beginning of the night and first thing in the morning but when we tell him to go to his bed he is happy to go, no crying, no pacing, no arguments. It was too easy, too easy. We will be building a nicer bed this summer now that we know he loves it.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital