Bill Kirby: Pros and cons of letting pets into beds at night

Let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on.

 

— Axl Rose

Our household has two little terriers, which we consider members of the family. So, it was no surprise when my father sent me an article on the pros and cons of letting your pet sleep in the bed with you.

Nearly two thirds of all U.S. households have at least one pet, so dealing with pets at night is pretty common.

I was raised when dogs stayed outside, so dealing with them under the roof has been a learning experience.

Letting them on the bed, however, has its benefits and problems.

The good things, according to the Healthgrades website: More warmth

Increased contentment

Deeper relaxation

The bad things? Pets snore, whimper and bark.

They tend to move around, either on the bed or near it.

They often awaken you to be let outside.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports there is a small possibility of getting a pet’s parasite.

Bottom line?

I guess it’s still up to you.

Personally, I wish they were still outside guarding the front door and ready to bark up a storm when the Beagle Boys lurked nearby.

TODAY’S JOKE: A favorite sent along by Everett Fernandez.

A professional bagpiper played many events, so he was not surprised when a funeral director asked him to perform at the graveside service for a homeless man.

There would be no family or friends, the funeral director said, but the man had done small jobs for him over the years and he wanted to give him a proper send-off.

The bagpiper struck out for the small, rural cemetery the mortician described, arriving late because he had become lost many times.

He finally came upon a country graveyard near a small farm house. He was more than an hour late and noticed there was no hearse in sight. He only saw two diggers, their shovels to the side, seated beneath a tree and eating lunch.

He apologized to them for being late and went to the side of the hole they had been digging. He looked down and saw the vault lid was already in place, so he prepared his bagpipes and started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. Encouraged, the bagpiper played out his heart and soul for the homeless man with no family and friends. He played like he had never played before for this man who died with no family.

As he played Amazing Grace, the workers standing beside him began to weep. He wept, too.

When finished, he packed up my bagpipes and started for his car. Though his head was hung low, his heart was full.

As he opened the door to his car, he heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before … and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for 20 years.”

 

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