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Rescue dog: Albie's leap of faith onto our bed – such a Sleeping Beauty

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Courtesy of the Zheutlin family

(Read caption) Rescue dog Albie snoozes atop the Zheutlin bed, way too cute to scoot from his nest.

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Sleep, or more precisely a lack of it, has always been a big issue in our household.

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When he was born, our older son, Danny, now 21, should have come with a warning label that said “sleep resistant.” As a baby and a toddler he fought off sleep like a hockey goalie furiously fighting off pucks. We bought all the “get your baby to sleep” books and tried all the recommended methods to no avail.

I once suggested we leave the books in his crib to see if he could figure it out himself. After all, nothing else was working.

For several years our younger son, Noah, now 17, wandered into our bedroom every night in his little blue pajamas, the ones with the cow-jumping-over-the moon-print, and crawled into our bed.

In part because of our own exhaustion, and in part because he was so darned cute, we took the path of least resistance. But he was a thrasher who loved burrowing his feet into a sensitive part of my body.

Only in the past few years have we enjoyed relatively restful nights uninterrupted by sleepless or sleepy children. Which is why I am now so conflicted about Albie’s new-found passion for our bed.

Albie is our half-yellow-Lab, half-golden-retriever rescue dog, with us now for close to four months.

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