Jake has slept in a soft crate in my room for eight months. Two reasons for that:
- uncertainty he could ‘hold it’ all night (the only clue he gives that he REALLY has to ‘go’ is ‘going’. I might not notice this when I’m sleeping)
desire to keep planet earth upsnoring
I want him in a bed, mostly just because that is one of the joys I wanted to provide to him upon rescue. I don’t think he was given any bedroom permission at his first house let alone his own bed. In this home, you get both. Even if that means no one else EVER sleeps again.
The transition from crate to bed started with me buying a matching bed to Melvin’s (decorating matters in my home!). I put it in the room and Jake pretty quickly climbed on it to nap. On night one, when he realized that the crate was gone, he climbed right in. I thought ‘wow, look how easy this is!’. Melvin was of course already tucked into his bed. I did a success dance around the room along with some high fives. Easy peasy indeed.
About one minute later, Melvin became very perplexed as to why Jake was so close. Jake proceeded to roll over and stare dreamily at Melvin. Melvin got physically and emotionally uncomfortable and relocated to the carpet. Jake took that as an invite into Melvin’s bed. Melvin took that as an invite into my bed.
Set up #1 – Fail. Trust me, we tried for 5 nights. Fail, fail, fail.
Photos from this phase of testing:
Phase #2: Then I thought, what if I break the visual barrier? At least until they get used to sleeping so closely to the other. So I took the teepee out of the loft (Jake loves that teepee) and set it up over Jake’s bed. Viola! This was totally going to work, my enthusiasm and optimism skyrocketed! And you know what, it did work! For five flippen minutes.
Melvin got comfy, no eyes were upon him (as far as he knew). Jake loves the teepee so he snuggled right in. Dance, dance, dance…. And then, the snoring started. And Melvin was startled to have that honk-song speaker so close to his head. So he moved to carpet. And Jake promptly moved to Melvin’s bed. And Melvin moved to my bed.
Stop the madness. No seriously, stop. STOP!
We found a solution. I’ll share it with you tomorrow.