A crowded bed, not being able to turn over, stretch, or move all night, all in regard for a sleeping child who has left their own bed in favor of yours. Sore muscles in the morning, not the best night's sleep...it's a common experience for many parents. I'm not just talking about human children here, but pets too. My kids are older and regularly sleep in their own beds, but we have a standard poodle who has filled the role as "baby" of the family. When she stretches out, she takes up most of the bed. She starts out in her own bed each night, but she never stays there. There are regular conversations on how this should not be happening. But she's just so cute, and persuasive. Oh yes, we also have two cats. Sometimes they like to sleep on the bed too. So last night, we made another stand...no dog on the bed. It actually worked, until nearly five am. Nevertheless, I didn't sleep so well last night. I didn't move, even though my legs ached and I wanted to stretch out. I felt something by my feet and assumed it was one of the cats. Finally, sometime in the wee hours of the morning, I couldn't stand it any longer, so I gently pushed the cat off the bed with my foot. It didn't feel like a cat though, and it made a loud clunk when it hit the floor. That's when I finally looked. It was a "cat" all right, just not what I expected. I just spent most of the night carefully avoiding waking up my son's tiger flashlight...hope it was appreciated!