When we brought Alfie into our lives over 5 years ago, we were told he was crated at night. We decided it was a great idea for him to sleep in his own little home each night, and kept up the routine ever since. That doesn’t mean to say he doesn’t get to spend time up on the people bed, because oh does he ever. I usually head to bed earlier than The Guy, especially if he’s on his indoor bike trainer in the next room. As much as Alfie loves joining me at night, he doesn’t like to cuddle at all. He usually takes over my husbands pillow and snuggles up on the opposite side of me, or at the foot of the bed.
When it’s time for him to be put into his crate for the night he acts like a dead weight, which is adorable to watch. We’d let him stay up on the bed some nights, but I’ve been known to boot him off in my sleep during the night. So, we keep him crated and give him little luxuries with a little water dish inside in case he ever gets thirsty in the middle of the night — which he does! The water dish usually has to be filled up every night for him. When my Husband and I are on the top floor where the bedrooms are, chatting or getting ready for bed— Alfie is often times found in his crate sucking on his bed because he is getting ‘ignored’, and wants attention. He is too cute for WORDS sometimes.
It’s a great idea especially if he ever has to do an overnight visit in an unfamiliar place, the crate gives him comforts of home, his own little space. Here’s the little guys crate at the foot of our bed. Usually it’s stored on my husbands side of the bed— but we are currently re-doing our master bedroom (reveal coming soon!).