Spike was adopted by Catherine Morris’ family nine years ago with the intention of him becoming a “downstairs dog.” Spike, an English springer spaniel, had a distinct perspective on things.
Morris told The Dodo, “The first night we got him, we locked the stair gate and went to bed.” “He whimpered for a few minutes before leaping over the fence in the dark and trotting into my parents’ room, where he jumped right up onto the bed! From then on, that’s where he slept.”
Spike was a bundle of energy during the day. He used to spend hours running around after his tennis ball. The dog would ascend the stairs at night to share the bed with his folks. Morris stated, “He loves to snuggle up and tries to force his way under the blankets to get as near as he can.”
Spike, at 14 years old, has slowed down considerably. After Spike suffered two strokes, Morris and her parents were worried that they might lose him, but the loyal dog wasn’t ready to leave them yet.
Spike couldn’t stand for days after his second stroke, so Morris and her parents carried him about the home. The older dog, on the other hand, was motivated to improve and re-learn how to walk.
Spike, on the other hand, is still not strong enough to travel up and down stairs reliably, so his family had to close off his favorite spot – his bedroom.
They knew Spike would try to climb the stairs to cuddle with his family despite his weaker legs. As a result, they set up their stair gate and devised a strategy to make the old dog happy.
To prevent Spike from attempting to leap the fence, his family now alternates sleeping on the pull-out sofa with him each night. “Because of this new routine, my parents spent alternating nights downstairs with Spike while I was away at university,” Morris explained. “Since I’ve returned home, I’ve joined the rotation, so between the three of us, we get a little more sleep.”
Spike’s father takes extra precautions to ensure that his elderly dog is comfortable at night.
Morris stated, “They’re totally inseparable.” “My father refers to him as ‘old bean,’ and the two of them are often chatting.”
“My father would also bring Spike his water and food to the sofa and feed him by hand to ensure he receives his medications and maintains his strength,” she said.
Spike clearly loves his family more than anything else in the world, and his family would go to any length to keep him happy for the rest of his life.
Morris stated, “We love our old buddy so dearly and are so pleased to have him in our life.” “Hopefully, by offering all the love in the world, we have made up for his rocky start in life.”