Never, never in her fourteen and a half years, has Charley allowed any other dog to share her bed. In recent months, she has allowed Sadie to lie close by her, usually butt to butt on the floor, or side-by-side with a foot of carpet between them. But never on the same bed.
I was in my office working, Charley asleep as usual on her mattress in the living room, Sadie on the office couch. I was somewhat aware of Sadie leaving the room, and a little while later figured I should check on her - her idea of 'asking' to go out is to stand with her nose to the back door and hope someone will notice. As I left the office, I glanced down the hall to check that Charley was still okay, and this is what I saw:
Sorry for the poor quality of this photo - I didn't want to turn on lights or move too close for fear of disturbing them.
Sadie takes her guardian role very seriously - the weaker Charley becomes, the closer she hangs out with her. I just never expected to see them both on the same bed.
Good dog, Sadie, good dog.