Family members take turns sleeping on the sofa so their old dog doesn’t feel lonely

It’s no secret that dogs start to slow down a bit as they get older, but we do our best to keep them happy and comfortable in their twilight years.

But one family went above and beyond for their senior dog, rearranging his sleep schedule just to make sure he loves her.

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Spike is a 14 year old English Springer Spaniel. Like many dogs his age, he can no longer move like he used to. He recently suffered a second stroke, which made it difficult for him to walk up and down stairs.

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Tragically, this meant that Spike couldn’t do one of his favorite exercises: resting in bed with his family, which he’s been doing since he was a puppy. “The first night we got him, we closed the stair entrance and went to bed,” Spike’s owner Catherine Morris told The Dodo. “He moaned for a few minutes recently, bouncing over the door in the dull and running into my parents’ bedroom and straight onto the bed! And that’s where he rested at that time.

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Their bedroom was on the ground floor, so Spike might not reach his favorite spot anymore. He continued to try elsewhere in his weakened state, to the point where his family had to entrench the stairs to prevent him from trying. But on the spot, they came up with a delightful arrangement: in case Spike couldn’t come upstairs and rest with them, they would come downstairs and rest with Spike! Now, on a rotating premise, the family members set up the pull-out loveseat and spend the night downstairs with Spike, all to make sure the former pup always has company.

Catherine returned from college to find her parents’ unused rest action plan, but it didn’t shock her – they’ve always had a close bond with Spike. “They are completely inseparable,” Catherine told The Dodo. “My dad calls him ‘old bean’ and they constantly chat.” “My dad will also get Spike his water and food on the couch and hand support him so he’ll no doubt get his meds and maintain his quality.”

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Spike may not be the young pup he was, but it’s clear that one thing has never changed: his family’s love for him. With this thoughtful act, they make it clear that they will do whatever it takes to make Spike last as long as possible. “We adore our former boy so much and are so happy to have him in our lives,” Catherine said. “Hopefully we’ve made up for her not-so-good start to life by giving her all the love in the world.”

It’s amazing the length individuals will go to train their optimistic pooches. Thank you to this family for taking care of their former dog.

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