Should Dogs Sleep on Your Bed?

Should Dogs Sleep on Your Bed?
Pet owners don’t always agree on whether it’s a good idea to let your dogs sleep in your bed or not. There are both benefits and drawbacks to letting dogs sleep in your bed. But the bottom line is, if you want to do it, you should.

How Many Dogs Sleep in Beds?
Dog owners are just about split down the middle on allowing dogs to sleep in their beds. About half of dog owners sleep with their dog in bed at night. However, not all dog owners say it’s always on purpose, as about 16 percent of dog owners say their dog sneaks into bed with them every now and then.

Dog owners are more likely to allow small dogs to sleep in their bed. That makes sense, of course, as space may be limited, and the movement of larger dogs at night may be more disruptive to sleep.

How Dog Owners Can Benefit From Sleeping With Pets
Sleeping with your dog can offer several benefits, which may help you and your dog get better rest, feel more emotionally connected, and sleep feeling safer at night.

You may feel more comfortable sleeping with your dog next to you. They can offer warmth, security, and relieve separation anxiety in your dog (or you). If it’s cold at night, your dog’s body heat may help you stay warmer. And if you’re used to sleeping with a partner in bed but they aren’t with you, a dog may help you fill the void left behind that can make you feel uncomfortable going to sleep and staying asleep. Your dog may even offer you a sense of protection from any night time dangers. This can offer a better night of sleep as you feel more secure while you’re resting.

If you work during the day and don’t get a lot of time to spend with your dog, sleeping together can help you make up the time at night. It’s a good way to build a stronger bond and companionship as you sleep next to each other at night.

But is it Safe to Sleep With Dogs?
Although sleeping with your dog at night can offer benefits, it is not without risk. Transmission of disease between dogs and humans is possible, though it is rare. Generally, if you’re in good health and so is your pet, your health risk is very low.

However, you should be sure to stay on top of vaccines and checkups for both you and your dog to reduce the risk of disease transmission and support overall good health. But if you’re immunocompromised (from cancer treatment, a recent transplant, or other condition), you will be at a greater risk of disease transmission from your dog and should rethink sleeping with your dog at night.

Keep in mind that when you sleep with your dog, you’re not just exposed to any diseases they may carry within their body, you’re exposed to what they carry in on their fur as well. Dogs may have allergens, bacteria, and viruses present on their fur even if they show no signs of illness. And those same allergens, bacteria, and viruses are brought into your bed when they come in to sleep with you.

Tips for Sleeping With Your Dog at Night
Bathe your dog regularly. It’s impossible to eliminate every piece of dirt, potential allergen or bacteria present on your dog’s fur, but bathing can help reduce it. Bathing your dog daily may dry out their skin, but you should make bathing a regular practice, especially if they’re sharing your bed.

Have clear boundaries. You may enjoy sleeping with your dog occasionally, but that doesn’t have to mean you invite them into your bed every time you’re there. Sometimes, a well behaved canine bed partner has a rough night of tossing and turning, scratching, or just generally being disruptive to sleep, and you may need your own space. Give your dog their own comfortable place to sleep, and if you’re ever not comfortable sleeping with your dog, be assertive in letting them know they need to sleep in their own bed for that night.

Make it easy for your dog to sleep with you. Elderly dogs may find it difficult to get into bed with you, especially if your mattress is set up high. Consider steps for your dog that will allow them to easily get in and out of bed, or use an adjustable bed that you can adjust to make it easier on them.
Meet their needs before bed. Whether your dog is sleeping in your bed or not, they can disrupt your sleep if they have needs in the night. Needing to go out, hunger, or just a general need for attention may cause them to bother you while you’re trying to sleep. Make sure they’re comfortable and ready to rest at night before you head off to snuggle in bed.

Sleeping with your dog at night can be comforting and offer a chance to bond and build greater companionship, but it’s not always perfect. Understand the risks and make sure you and your dog are comfortable when you share a bed together at night.

Amy Highland is a sleep expert at She loves taking naps during thunderstorms and cuddling up with a blanket, book, and cats.

The Final Final Act

Today I was asked by a friend whose dog had passed away, what happens next. Her dog is at the vets and they called to explain about a couple of options.

And this is the time when your head is all over the place, where you cant think straight, where the raw emotions just pour out of you.

And so she called me.

And it bought flooding back all the memories of that time with Faith last year. Its not easy holding yourself together and making decisions.

So I thought this would be perhaps info for a blog, to help anyone else going through this or about to over here in Spain at least.

Its law to cremate your dog. Google to find your local crematorium.

If your dog is at the vet, you can choose to take the dog yourself to the crematorium, or for them to send him/her.

From there you can choose a multi dog cremation without ash collection – the cheapest option. Your dog will be cremated with others and usually (although not always) the ashes are scattered in a remembrance garden at the facility

You can choose multi dog cremation with ashes, where you will get some of the ashes returned to you in an urn or box.

You can choose a single cremation, just your dog and either have or not have the ashes. You can choose your urn too.

Something also to remember is to check the vet has removed the dog from RAIA the micro chip company, I had quite a shock when I got an automated text saying Faith was due her rabies, an oversight from the vet.

Its something that will come to all of us with pets, and if this is you right now, my heart goes out to you.

Remember the life they had, the fun you had and the comfort they gave you. They would not want you to be sad, but to remember them with smiles through the tears.

It will take time to come to terms with the loss, you never forget, you learn to live with it.

Big hugs


How many IS too Many?????

I never set out to be in rescue! Or to have a humungous pack of dogs. My husband and I often remark how its more us living alongside them, than them living with us!

We are there to clean cook, feed water and generally entertain them. And they give us??? What!!??

Poo. They give us poo. And bills. And worries. And a lack of freedom. BUT

We would not trade it for anything. After we took on our first boy, a Goldie his previous owner couldn’t handle and decided she had no time for, we took pleasure in having him. We owned him, he more or less did as he was told, sort of but was very well behaved. My husband trained him to perform some tricks, and not to pull on the lead – although Charlie (the dog) did manage to pull Pat (the husband) off a chair at a bar one time, that was funny mainly as it wasn’t my backside strewn on the ground hehehe.

And then after 6 years we were in the right place right timing for No 2 – all dogs are now numbered, we given up with names!! And they own us!!

She was a badly abused ex puppy farm breeding Goldie, in the most awful condition you can possible imagine, and only given 6 months to live!

Through tears we took her vowing to love her for the time she had left. She’s not left yet!

Then came 3 and 4, then 5 as a 5 months old Pup. 4 Didn’t get on with 2 and so we found the perfect home for her (she was meant to be a 5 week foster, stayed for 14 months)

Then 6 and 7 and then 8…. see you just sorta collect them!

8 passed away unexpectedly after 9 months – we had no idea she had digestive issues we found her in the campo and vet had given her a clean bill of health!

The pain of losing her was immense, and she definitely sent us another – No9! – the first picture, Indi, who appeared outside Jacqui Ross’s home one day. Our heads said no, our hearts said yes.

And then nearly 3 month ago a young pup was abandoned, desperately needing shelter. I told my husband it was only for 2 days…………nearly 6 weeks later a very strong and confident young pup was rehomed to her perfect home – yet another that got away!

And the place feels emptier for her going. My husband has threatened divorce if another one comes, so as long has he behaves Ill say no 😉

So how many is too many?? When Do you stop?? When there are souls left lying in ditches, puppies in bags, in boxes by the bins, adults left by owners moving on, what do you do?

How do you say no?? When is the right time TO say no?????

And I guess that’s why we ARE called LAST CHANCE, because we ARE THE last Chance for these guys.

We cannot bring ourselves to say no. All the admin wont sleep if we say no. But it does come at a cost.

We can handle the tears, the pain of losing them when they’re too sick to keep going. We can handle the mess and the stress.

But we cant handle the bills. They mount up faster than ever thought. We are continuously fundraising and trying to find ways to raise money. We all use our own monies to help where we can – we are money rich but heart filled – but there sadly comes a time when we know we cannot do more.

Without your help we cannot. Please help where you can. Share a post, donate a euro a month, offer to help put some collection tins out in your area and send us the money as it comes in, attend a fundraiser, host a fundraiser, sign up for our various schemes, some cost you absolutely nothing and the retailers send us a little per purchase, tell your friends about our work, offer to foster, short term, longer term, adopt.

So many ways to help

Help us to help them, Last Chance is a community of carers. Please be one.

Inez Robinson


Towards the End of 2017

And so another year draws to a close. Many of you are racing around getting ready for family to arrive, putting up decorations and trees, and hopefully not getting too stressed.

Here at Last Chance, things slow for us too. Its not the time of the year for people to take on a new dog, what with all the fuss and kerfuffle of the festivities. And yet, this means an overflow of unwanted and abandoned dogs being placed into the pounds, shelters, killing stations or on the streets. When too many dogs are found, many have to be put to sleep to make way.

Its so sad. And not a very festive message. BUT

Maybe you can help, just a little. If you are thinking of getting a dog or puppy, PLEASE go to your local shelter OR look on facebook, there are literally hundreds of gorgeous fluffy bundles you can choose from, who will love you even more as they do know when they’ve been saved. They pick you. You will see in the their eyes.

Encourage your friends and family thinking of getting a dog to also look. If someone prefers a particular breed, again there are hundreds of pure breeds needing homes. They may not have paperwork BUT many rescues are breed specific and are experts in rescuing that breed. And unless you’re going to be a breeder or show the dog, why does it need to be a specific breed?

Cross breeds can suit you much better. The latest popular dog is the Belgian Malinois, due to the film Max. But they’re high energy very intelligent dogs needing quite specific handling, and if they don’t get it, they will find their own jobs to do, jobs you may not approve of, like ripping up your bed and bedding, or decking, or demolishing a wall to give you a more open plan living space 🙂

But mix a Mali with say a gsd and wow! Different dog.

Anyway, either way if we all adopted then maybe this would stem the flow of back yard breeders who don’t care about their animals, looking only at the money. It will save you from paying out a lot of money for a sick dog too!

So, I leave you on that note and thank you for reading


How Animals Help Us Live In The Moment

The company of animals certainly seems to have a healing effect in many of our lives. This is probably partly due to the fact that they don’t judge us in the same way fellow humans do. They may get annoyed with us if we stroke them the wrong way, but they’ll never judge us for our flaws. A cat or a dog will never reject us because we eat too much, have credit card debts, or don’t call our mothers as often as we should. It’s not unusual to see dogs sitting beside homeless people on the street. Our animals love us, even if we don’t love ourselves. In many cases, they embody mindfulness; they are non-judgementally present in the moment. When an animal is sitting with us, they aren’t busy thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. They are simply there. This is probably why they have such a special place in many of our lives

Our Pets

In our busy lives it can be all too easy to take our pets for granted. However, if we can make the time, our pets can provide us with great ways to practice mindfulness.

Next time you’re with your pet, why not take a few moments to really notice everything about them. When you stroke them, pay close attention to how their fur or feathers feel beneath your hand. Maybe even imagine that it’s the first time you’ve ever felt them, and see what difference it makes to your experience of them.

Notice their appearance, taking in every whisker, every feather or patch of coloured fur, every paw and claw. Watch how they’re breathing. Listen to their heart beat if you’re snuggled up with them. Perhaps most importantly of all, cultivate a sense of gratitude for having them in your life. Remember all the difficult or painful times that you’ve been through, and how your pet has been there with you through it all. Let that gratitude fill you from top to toe.

Animals and Meditation

One of the great things about animals is that they don’t care about our plans. They have a habit of interrupting those streams of thought that we feel are very important. Although this may at first seem like a negative thing, it can actually help us become unstuck from living in our mental chatter by bringing us back to reality. For this reason, animals can help us in our formal meditation practice.

Have you ever been meditating, and then heard a dog barking in the distance, or had your cat try climbing on you for a cuddle? Far from being distractions from our meditation, they can enhance it. Meditation is not about escaping from the present moment, but about embracing it. While we’re taking our meditation very seriously, animals are just living their lives. And so that dog barking in the street or that cat determined to have your attention act as anchors to the flow of the present. They are reminders that we are not in control, and that the best way to cope with life is to let go of our pre-conceived ideas of how things should be and join in with the dance of how things really are.

We can do this by noticing our reactions to them. If we feel annoyed about our meditation being interrupted, we can look at why that is. Perhaps it’s because we have an inaccurate idea of what meditation is about. Or perhaps we’re attached to an idea of how we’d like to be. In this way, animals can have a very humbling effect. They can remind us that our meditation practice doesn’t place us in an elevated state above the rest of life, but that in fact our meditating is just like the barking in the street, just one small part of life as a whole.

Animals are indeed great mindfulness teachers, if we take the time to notice them. What mindfulness lessons have you learnt from your pets?

And Still They Come!!

Meet Flappie!

A lovely 6 month old pup, found by holidaymakers near Malaga. No chip, friendly and seemingly housetrained loves cuddles.

And yet thrown out, abandoned and left. Thankfully found otherwise he may be lying in a ditch somewhere, broken and waiting to die.

Or taken by unscrupulous people and used as dog bait for fighting dogs

It really is sad. But hopefully we will find a home for Flappie, this is what we do.

If anyone would like to sponsor Flappie please contact us

Conan – The Shepherd!

Such a gentle loving boy. We had no idea where he came from, but over the weeks he started to get more and more sad, down and withdrawn.

A larger female had been put in with him, and was bullying him, we suspect also eating his food. We were at our wits end!

Then a lovely lady with a UK rescue, asked us about him. She paid his release all his preparations and transport, but we needed somewhere to place him.

Posting on social media a lovely lady came forward and offered. It was one of the best days when I went to get him out. He was very shut down – this can be a dangerous time and if you make a wrong move its likely the dog will snap out of fear. I gave Conan his space and was very gentle, yet let him see he had control.

Driving him to his new foster he was so scared as to what was going to happen, but also brave. He arrived and his foster immediately fell in love.

He was quiet but very hungry, only skin and bone under that long fur. The next morning he went to his foster and showered her with kisses! How wonderful.

Currently he is sleeping on her bed hahaha – we do hope his forever family is going to be as soft with him.

Shortly he will be on the transport to his new life, never to be bullied or scared again.

Conan we do love you – you were very nearly our No 8!! Good job my husband didn’t see you!!!!!

A day in the life of Rescue!


It all started with this gorgeous boy, hes only a pup, left on a chain outdoors. We were alerted and the owner didn’t want him. Two local ladies contacted us, we took him in and after a visit to the vet hes in a residence. Which we have to cover somehow.

During the day, our lovely helper Mick, slipped in the pound whilst releasing 2 more dogs, and fractured his wrist. Unfortunately for him none of us were very sympathetic, after all we have all given birth so a bottom jab to us is really nothing 🙂 mick

Then a last minute dash to another residence to take a dog who has a sensitive stomach, more quality dog food – an hour and a half round trip.

Three more offers of adoptions to negotiate, an update of the photos of the dogs in the pound album on the facebook page, some promoting of dogs in foster in the hope we find a home and a lengthy discussion of the design for the forthcoming 2017 LCAR Calendar took us into the night

Oh how we laughed with each other, thankfully!

Then comes more dogs abandoned and contacts messaged to match make – SUCCESS, galgosthese young galgos wont be starving, stoned or worse, they will have loving homes, a chance lucky escape for them





And to boot 2 MiniPinscher puppies have been returned after a second adoption as the minipinadopter decides she doesnt want them!

We cant say no obviously and its best they come back to us until we hopefully find a final good home for them.

More sharing of posts, a stab at some fundraising and MORE discussions of the calendar – soon to be launched – completes it, so far!

And trying not to worry about the debts! Because their lives mean more.

To donate and help us help them, please go to

Thank you X



Ha! Bet that made you look!

Teaming is a great way to raise funds of our charity. All you do is sign up and it’s £1 a month!

You can share the teaming link for others to join too!

We are always in debt – treating the doggies from the pound or strays off the street as well as maybe paying for a private residence for them while we find them a suitable home always costs.

LCAR is becoming a victim of its own success – now so well known for saving so many lives, that we just cannot do much more without reducing our costs.

So, you could really help by getting on board with this.

It’s so easy! And safe!!!

Click HERE and sign up. And that’s it! If you want to share that you have done it may encourage others to do so, and let’s face it, £1 a month is hardly noticeable to most people, but a collection of these can make the difference to these poor lost souls.

Remember – Register HERE then just share to your friends.

Thank you X


Exercise should be fun!!


Yes I know, not a title I would want to read more from hahahah, I’m allergic to exercise – I get all hot and sweaty just passing the gym!

Hence one of the reasons for having so many dogs. Means I have to get my ass off that sofa and take them out. And you know what? I feel leads better for it 🙂

But I would be bored doing the same route and routine, I’m not a routine type of gal!

So I mix and match. One day ball throwing on the field. Another time road work and some training. In fact we are always reinforcing good behaviour with praise and treats, I have a treat bag out with me all the time and it’s really good to tell them how good they are.

It’s payment for their good behaviour 🙂

Anyway, today we went to the bank to get some cash out, and I took Max and Marshall with me to ensure no one nicked my money!

On the way back the basketball court was empty, and it’s enclosed so early good for using and getting the dogs to do some training with distractions walking past, like kids and other dogs.

We had some fun here. Hope you enjoy as much as we did. X