Many years ago, I was visiting my very favorite aunt for a vacation. We went shopping in a wonderful place that had a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. It had lots of interesting little nooks and crannies to explore, which was so much fun! There were some very special items made by local craftsmen, and things that had been imported from all over the world. There were Christmas items full year round, and a few seasonal items as well.
I found a sweet little wicker dog bed, and I bought it for my very first Corgi, Schatsi, and couldn’t wait to take photos of him all tucked up in his very own dog bed. Unfortunately, Schatsi never appreciated the cute little bed, and I think the only time he was ever in it, was when I put him in it, and then he hopped right out! He never enjoyed sleeping in it, perhaps because it required that he curl up just a wee bit, and I don’t think that was really his favorite manner for sleeping.
And of course, there was also the stigma of being a dog, sleeping in a bed for….you know…well..I .dogs! Schatsi was more of a sofa/human waterbed type of Corgi!
All these years, and every time I’ve moved, I’ve hauled that wicker basket, because I just didn’t have the heart to get rid of it! I just knew somewhere, sometime, I’d have a dog who wanted to sleep in it. I finally put it out into the garage into what we fondly call the “black hole” of storage, where so many things go to be stored…and not seen very often!
I was organizing the garage recently, and came across that little wicker basket. It made me smile as soon as I found it! I pulled it down from the top shelf where it had been patiently waiting for me, and I thought that it couldn’t really be too much different in size than Rugby’s other small bed that he just loves.
The big difference between the two is that the small bed is soft sided, so it’s a bit forgiving and Rugby can sprawl in it. This bed has rigid sides, so Rugby’s going to have a tough time unless he curls up….which he often does! I had an old feather pillow that was really too worn for human use, but just perfect to fit into this little wicker basket! Once I placed it there, it looked like it was made for that little basket!
I put the basket in the corner near the fireplace in the perfect cozy spot, and waited to see if Rugby would investigate it. Lo and behold, before long, Rugby was checking out his new basket, and plopped onto it and looked like he was cozy and comfortable in his new bed! I had moved his Tuggo tugger toy, and when I snapped the photo, it occurred to me that it looked a lot like some sort of track and field event….like a giant dog shotput!
As the summer Olympics draw to a close today, I know Rugby is quite content with the gold medals he won for pretzel napping and his Tuggo toss!!