Last night once I put Rita in her bed, I took a picture. This is the link to the bed we bought.
I either had to take the photo from the other side of the bed or crawl in the bed to get a better shot so I crawled in the bed. The ecru part you see is the edge of our bed. You can see that it’s almost exactly level with our bed.
It’s plenty big enough that we could put two little dog beds in it. You can see at the far end, I’ve placed a thick pillow. If Rita got and went to that far end, I couldn’t reach her so I just put the pillow in there to reduce the space.
We put her little bed in there and I’m not sure she even knows she not in her normal spot. We take her little bed with us when we go places and she rides in it in the car, sleeps in it in the hotel . . everywhere we go, we bring that bed. I think she likes having the sides and that way she doesn’t have to think about where the “edges” are since she can’t see.
I always cover her up with the little soft blanket you see next to her. Sometimes at night I’ll hear her move around a bit and I pat her on the head, cover her back up and she goes right back to sleep. I believe she’s just making sure we’re still close by. With her being blind, she has no idea if it’s dark or daylight .. not that it matters because dogs seem to sleep most of the day too.
This morning, at 5:30, Vince decided to tell me something. I kept saying “I’m not done sleeping!” but he was ready to get up. I was ignoring him til Rita decided to get up. She crawled right out of her bed into our bed so . . we all got up but at least she was able to do it without being afraid.
Two things . . the max height (I think) is 26″. Vince measured our bed and it was 24 or 25″ and he said he has the bassinet about an inch lower than the max height it will reach so if you have one of those really high beds, this is not going to adjust that high. Also, in order for it to sit flush with the bed, the legs have to go somewhat under the bed so if you have a platform bed (solid to the floor), it isn’t going to fit right against your bed.
Even if Rita slept in our bed, we put her little bed in our bed so it was easy to transition her, and her little bed, to the new bed. Speck, when he slept in our bed, slept right against my legs. We would never have convinced him to sleep in the bassinet.
We’re both saying “Why didn’t we get this bassinet earlier?” It works so well.