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25th January 2007, 01:38 PM
Amber has discovered the joys of perching on the top of the sofa back in order to watch the world go by. Trouble is, there's a good half metre between the sofa and the wall. The sofa has a metal frame with a mattress thing on it that is sunken by about an inch to begin with, and obviously sinks more with weight. If she can get up and down herself, will she be ok? Should I discourage her from doing this? Or should I rearrange the room to make it safer? Trouble is, the back of the sofa is used as a bookcase of sorts for all the collectable books I can't fit on the bookcase!

25th January 2007, 02:02 PM
That must be a cavalier thing because I have never else seen a dog that does this. Needless to say, that I bought this couch 4 months ago and the cushions have collapsed in on themselves. Who needs a dog bed when you have luxury furniture? :roll:



As for preventing her from doing it, good luck. The couch is like their perfect little perch that they have worked very hard at conforming it to their shape. :lol: If there is a way to prevent her from falling by moving things around, I would try that. Unless you wanted to do no couch bootcamp!! :D

25th January 2007, 02:05 PM
I would be worried about her falling if there is a long way down. Izzy does the same thing on my couch, but it is up against the wall. I would be afraid that Amber would fall asleep up there and roll off onto the floor :( It is definitely your personal call, I hope you can work something out to keep you both happy :D :flwr:

25th January 2007, 02:22 PM
Ella loves that back of the couch and hasn't fallen yet (much to my surprise). I watched her like a hawk at first b/c I was so affraid she would fall - she did jump once when she got really excited but she landed just fine. I like the term you've coined - "couch perching" - I think I'll use that! ;)

25th January 2007, 04:08 PM

Those photos are priceless... :lol: :lol:

Your Wesley looks just like our Charley, comfy as can be!!

Amazing that they don't crash to the floor while sleeping!

We have a "doggie" chair that was brand new when Charley decided it was his....I almost threw it out the week before we got the call about Mary Alice.

It has a nice "wow" in it, fits perfectly! :D :flwr:

Daisy's Mom
25th January 2007, 04:59 PM
Hi Guys -- look at my avatar! Daisy gets up on the back of the sofa sometimes. And you can see it is not the "cushy" type of sofa back at all. It's pretty narrow and not that padded. But it's up against the wall so she can kind of lean. We call her our little mountain goat because she insists on being in the highest perch possible.

She'll also sometimes lay on the back of our leather chair. It's soft and smushy and perfect for making a little nest in.

25th January 2007, 06:51 PM
My little yorkie used to get up and perch up on the back of the sofa.
Maddy has not yet been adventurous enough.

25th January 2007, 09:07 PM
For the moment I'll let it go and compromise by barring access to the living room when I'm not actually in there with them. That will cut down opportunity considerably since she seems to have no interest in the evening when the curtains are drawn. She's lying on her vetbed on the floor at the moment, happily chewing her Petstages teether.

25th January 2007, 10:25 PM

Did you forget? The sofa is for the furbabies, who wants to lie on vetbed when you can keep an eye on the goings on from the comfortable perch of the sofa - after all if cats can do it why not cavs?

(I'm sure thats what my boys think anyway!)

25th January 2007, 10:37 PM
LOLOL! Well it's certainly where they are at the moment. Sensibly on the sit bit though. Holly is trying to sleep and Amber is moaning at her to play! :lol:

26th January 2007, 03:02 AM
Bodie also loves to sit on top of...everything! We find her on top of our chair and sofa cushions, pillows, blankets, and piles of clothes fresh out of the dryer. She likes to reign from high over her kingdom at home. :dogwlk:



26th January 2007, 03:08 AM
Donna: your avatar is ADORABLE!! Well done!! :flwr:

27th January 2007, 12:43 AM
moniechris if you ever tire of that grey art deco chair....! Lovely :D

27th January 2007, 01:51 AM
Pauline: Would you believe that I got that as a floor sample for $100??!! It was such a steal! It is the most comfortable chair ever, so I don't think I will be parting with it, but thanks for the compliment!! :D :D :D

27th January 2007, 02:23 AM
I've never in my life seen a dog perch on the back of a sofa/couch, until I got a Cavalier, and then I saw everyone's pictures and read the posts on here, and I had to laugh out loud! Isn't that funny?! It has to be a Cavalier thing for sure!

If it isn't too far down from your sofa, and there isn't anything she can fall onto or hit if she were to fall....I think she'll be OK, unless your sofa is real tall? Can you put somenthing down behind it to soften the fall perhaps, if she were to fall?

Molly's mom
28th January 2007, 05:18 AM
And here I thought Molly was just imitating the cats :lol: