“If you pay attention,” the noted New York interior designer Bunny Williams recently told The Wall Street Journal, dogs, “Will always show you the coziest places in the house to curl up.” I’ve come to realise this is a version of dog decor
Now that the nights are drawing in, and there’s a chill in the air, Teddy is back to pinching my favourite spot – chosen for its snug, draught-free angle – on the sofa, making full use of available cushions.
He will start-off, curled-up in what’s known in specific Instagram-ese as a #schnauzerball, with his feet tucked under him, tail wrapped round him, keeping warm and cozy (this also keeps vital organs protected, which is why you’ll often see outside dogs napping similarly coiled up). Then Teddy will drift into his dead-dog pose, as if he’s just keeled over on his side. He will stretch his short legs out stiffly. Initially I thought the leg stretching might be a winning subconscious attempt at contact – now I feel sure it’s just a bid to shove me along the sofa.
Teddy relishes this coziest of corners. And it’s clearly worth noting. If we ever get round to redecorating our house, perhaps a question worth asking is not ‘Where can I imagine sitting to read a book?’, but ‘Where would discerning little Ted most like to kip?”