My Dachshunds sleep in the bed with me and, after my dog waking me up at 4 am again, I got up and decided to take my frustration out by drawing a diagram of it.
I have no drawing skills, and no experience drawing in Word Paint, and I literally put zero real effort in.
I think my drawings turned out hilarious and, given how they went viral on the internet after I published them, and how many scammers slightly altered my design to sell on T-shirts (stealing my drawing is legal if they change 10% of it), a lot of other people did too.
Ten years after I put my drawings out into the world (Dec 4, 2012), I still frequently run into them on Pinterest or being shared in Dachshund groups.
And, although I tried to fight the T-shirt scammers, I still occasionally see unscrupulous people profiting off of my design with their ever-so-slightly altered version.
But that is the way the internet cookie crumbles I guess.
My hope is that I’m anonymously making Dachshund owners everywhere smile.
Anyway, back to my Dachshunds sleeping with me, hogging the bed, and waking me up at night.
Should My Dachshunds Sleep in My Bed?
Believe me, sometimes I wonder if I should let my Dachshunds sleep in my bed.
Especially for the last couple years of my first Dachshund’s life when he had dog dementia.
But you’ll notice, in my raw, honest, delirious state, all of my drawings have a smiley face on them.
You see, my best friend as a child was a cat and she slept with me every night.
So, first, because miniature Dachshunds are warm, fuzzy, and cat-sized, it’s a comforting feeling that brings back happy memories when they sleep in my bed.
Second, my cat used to sleep on my face. Why do cats love to do that?
I don’t know, but it “trained” me to get used to animals eschewing the rest of the bed to touch me and encroach on my space.
While it would be less likely that my dogs wake me up at 4 am if they didn’t sleep with me, I feel like I wouldn’t sleep as good without my “comfort weenies”.
They relax me and bring be peace.
Also, now that my Dachshunds are used to sleeping in my bed, training them to sleep somewhere else, like in a crate, would be like starting all over with a puppy.
How Can a Little Dog Take Up So Much Space?
I frequently wonder how a dog so small could take up so much space.
And, of course, I try my hardest to not disturb their sleep so I contort myself strange ways as to not make them move.
But seriously, they have a lot of space to spread out.
Instead, they want me to spoon them, love to sleep sideways between me and my hubby as sort of a “spacer”, and sprawl out to take up more space than seems possible.
My Dogs Snore Too
The day after we adopted our second Dachshund Gretel, my Hubby woke me up snoring loudly.
I literally jolted awake and glared at him from my pillow.
He thought I was snoring so did the same.
Both of our eyes landed on Gretel, laying in between us on her back with her head peacefully resting on the pillow like a little person!
She’d found our joy with us (and this little rescue went on to completely change the trajectory of my life).
I think it’s a combination of my “motherly instinct”, and my desire to not wake up and find pee on the floor, but if I hear one peep out of either Dachshund, I think it’s them waiting at the bedroom door to get out.
But, more often than not, I jolt awake to find them peacefully snoring away.
It’s 100% true that sleeping with my Dachshunds occasionally result in a sleepless night or an earlier-than-desired wake up call.
But it brings back happy childhood memories for me and it feels wrong when I have to sleep without them.
While my first Dachshund slept me on and off over the years according to a current boyfriend’s preference, I long ago decided that their right place is spooning up next to me in bed and snoring on my pillow.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.