The Things We Do for Love: "I Heat Up My Dogs' Blankets Every Night"

Caroline Golon, the human behind the popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares the stories of pet owners who go the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

Kimberly Gauthier and Johann Kingsberry of Marysville, Wash., do many things to keep their three dogs, Rodrigo, Sydney and Blue, comfortable and happy. The first time they heated up their pups' bedding at night, however, they only intended it to be a onetime treat. But when they discovered how much their dogs loved it, they made it a regular habit!

It All Started With the Warm Laundry Pile

Like most dogs, Gauthier's pooches can’t resist a pile of fresh laundry right out of the dryer. “Every time I have clean laundry, it ends up on the floor with a dirty dog,” Gauthier says, laughing. “That’s what gave me the idea to heat up their bedding.”

The dogs typically crash in Gauthier’s garage at night, where they have access to the fenced-in yard and can come and go as they please. With five dog beds, a big overstuffed chair and plenty of blankets, the dogs have lots of cozy places to snuggle into at night. It doesn’t get very cold where they live, Gauthier says, but one night she decided to warm up their bedding in the dryer before they went to bed. “They couldn’t wait to get on the warmed-up bedding!” Gauthier says.

Because the dogs enjoyed it so much, soon the dryer ritual became a nightly event and included several loads of dog bed covers and blankets. “Yeah, it’s an ordeal,” Gauthier admits.

And, while Kingsberry at first teased Gauthier for spoiling the dogs like this, “The best was when I caught Johann warming up a blanket for Sydney!” Gauther says with a laugh.


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