The thing is, I never HAD dogs on the bed when I had only Shelties. None of them could get up there, and they were all very happy with their own comfy beds in my room. Then I got the bigger dogs, and it became SOP for Rowley and Alex and sometimes Dee to hang out on my bed during the day -- they didn't sleep on my bed at night, but they used it as a playground and nap spot at other times.
I didn't really like that, but I felt guilty when I thought that. I didn't like the muddy paws, the dirt and sand that would work into my sheets, and eventually I threw an old sheet over the bed, which was ugly and a waste of my quilts or comforter covers. But the dogs were happy, and that's what matters, right?
EXCEPT that when the boys do their wrassling games on the bed, Alex sometimes has the last word by peeing/marking. Yes, ON MY BED. I thought that was over when he was neutered last spring, but over the past weekend, I bought a gorgeous new duvet cover, all pinks and greens and spring-looking, and when I climbed into bed on Sunday night, looking forward to snuggling into my new linens, THAT SMELL was right under my nose. I had to start laundry at 10.30 p.m. and wash: the comforter cover; the comforter itself; and the sheets. I was so angry that I have not gotten over it and I probably never will, and right then a new policy of NO DOGS ON THE BED, EVER, started.
I'm just saying: I love this policy. I love having my bed just for me. I love getting into bed at night and being in clean, pleasant-smelling sheets and not having dirt or mud on my gorgeous new comforter. I don't miss dogs on my bed; I have plenty of physical contact with them, and they have very comfortable beds in my bedroom and elsewhere in the house. During the day, Alex and Rowley act a bit displaced and eye the bed (which has two baby gates on it, question about that in a minute) but I harden my heart: if I let them up there for even a minute, I will be doing laundry to get dog piss out of my bedding again, and that will drive me out of my mind. This house is ALL ABOUT THE DOGS, I want that one spot for myself only. Good grief.
Now my question: tossing a couple of baby gates on my bed to keep the dogs off is not the most convenient thing in the world. Any suggestions for what I can put on the bed that will deter the Boyz? Someone suggested a sheet of oilcloth, but that would cover up my comforter. I think a lightweight PVC frame of some kind. Any suggestions?
NDOTB, I love it. And I love my dogs, too!