When Catherine Morris and her family adopted Spike roughly nine years ago, she and her parents decided that the five-year-old English springer spaniel would be a “downstairs dog.” This meant that he wouldn’t be allowed in any of their bedrooms upstairs.
However, Spike had a different opinion about the matter. You see, being the clingy and affectionate pup he was, the spaniel hated being apart from his new family. So the moment he was left alone downstairs on his first night, he kept whining and begging for Catherine and her parents to open the stair gate for him.
The family didn’t budge, though, and just let him be as they thought that he would get used to it soon enough. When Spike realized no one would come for him, he decided to take the matter into his own paws and jump over the gate instead. He then made his way to his fur parents’ bedroom, where he had been sleeping from then on.
This had not been an issue for the past nine years at all since Catherine’s parents realized how much they loved having Spike next to them every night. However, everything changed when the 14-year-old pup suffered from two strokes. Although he slowly recovered, he had grown too weak to stand, let alone reliably walk up the stairs.
This meant that he had to start sleeping alone on the sofa bed, something that the family knew he hated. So to keep the old pup happy, they devised a schedule of sleeping with Spike on the sofa bed alternately. Every night, one of them would bring down pillows and blankets for them to share with the spaniel.
Spike seems to appreciate the effort his family is showing him. And although no one knows how long the senior dog has left, one thing that Catherine and her parents know is that they will do everything to make his golden years more special. Look at Catherine’s dad with Spike here.
Courtesy of Catherine Morris