Family With 7 Rescue Dogs Gives Them Each Their Very Own Bed
“They all run and break off into their designated rooms when I call cookie time."
Ever since Dani Viverito was a kid, she’s always had a soft spot for dogs. Anytime she found a stray or injured dog, she would bring him straight home — which is why, currently, she and her husband have seven rescue dogs.
“We kind of just gradually became rescuers; if there was a dog in need we took them in and try to give them their best life ever,” Viverito told The Dodo. “We have been together for 18.5 years and have had just as many rescues!”
With so many rescue dogs with so many different backstories living under one roof, there are a lot of different personalities roaming around the house, which is why Viverito and her dogs have a very strict schedule in place to make sure that everything runs smoothly and no one is ever left out.
“They all get along for the most part, but two are more ‘unstable’ so I have the group of five on one schedule and a group of two on another, and I swap them out every three hours around the clock,” Viverito said. “It’s so ingrained at this point we don’t even need alarms! That way everyone has equal amount of ... time to play, potty, eat, snuggle with us humans, and walk around doing their own thing and then they go down for nap time for three hours, where they can sleep or play or do whatever.”
When nap time comes around, every dog knows exactly where to go — because they all have their own designated bedrooms.
“They all run and break off into their designated rooms when I call cookie time,” Viverito said. “Jax, Sasha and Annabelle are in one room and Muppet is in the other with Harlin. When Tyler and Tucker are down they each have their own room.”
Not only do the dogs all have bedrooms, but they also all have their very own toddler beds. The toddler beds fit them perfectly, and every single dog loves them so much.
Viverito got the idea to buy her dogs toddler beds because she used to have a few queen-sized mattresses lying around for the dogs who had trouble getting up onto beds and couches. The huge, heavy mattresses were hard to move around and clean, though, which is why she eventually switched to beds meant for tinier humans, and that apparently works perfectly for a pack of dogs.
“With toddler beds, everything is small so I can do all the sheets at once and the comforters two at a time,” Viverito said. “Sweeping, vacuuming and mopping is easy with toddler beds that are light and slide around versus heavy mattresses and beds!”
Having seven rescue dogs all living together can get a little hectic at times, but Viverito and her husband love their pack so much and wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.