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Senior Dog Seeks New Home After Bedtime Preference Leads to Return

Written by: Russel Moneva
Russel Moneva, a Viral Content writer at iHeartDogs, finds joy in both crafting engaging content and pursuing his passion for basketball and fitness whenever he's not immersed in his work.Read more
| Published on June 16, 2024

A Chihuahua mix named Twinkle, known for her affectionate and well-behaved nature, was adopted four months ago into what was intended to be her forever home. Despite her endearing personality and the love she showered on her new family, Twinkle was unexpectedly returned to the shelter when she expressed a desire to share their bed. Her longing for closeness and warmth during sleep, which is a natural trait for many dogs, was misunderstood by her adopters, leading to her return and a renewed search for a more understanding home.


Before her adoption, Twinkle was found on the streets of Miami, in desperate need of medical attention. She arrived at the rescue with most of her fur missing due to a severe skin infection, mammary tumors that required removal, and significant dental issues. Despite her health challenges, Twinkle’s spirit remained unbroken. Weighing just 3.5 pounds, Twinkle received the necessary treatments and was eager to spend her golden years in a loving home.

Upon her adoption, Twinkle’s new family seemed perfect. They welcomed her with open arms, and she quickly settled into her new surroundings. Her sweet demeanor and affectionate nature made her an instant favorite. Twinkle showed her gratitude by being on her best behavior, always eager to please her new owners. She relished the attention and reciprocated with endless love and loyalty. However, Twinkle had one small quirk—she loved to sleep in bed with her humans.

For many pet owners, sharing a bed with their furry companions is a cherished part of their relationship. The bond formed during those quiet moments of togetherness can be incredibly special. Twinkle, like many dogs, found comfort and security in the warmth and closeness of her human family during bedtime. Unfortunately, her new owners did not share this sentiment. They were unprepared for this aspect of Twinkle’s personality and decided that it was a dealbreaker.


The rescue organization was shocked when Twinkle was returned. They took to TikTok to share her story and the unbelievable reason for her return. “Twinkle was returned to our rescue after 4 months because she wanted to sleep in bed with her new mommy and daddy,” the rescue explained in their video. The revelation sparked outrage and sympathy from viewers, who couldn’t believe that such a loving dog was given up for such a reason.

Now, Twinkle is once again looking for a loving home. This time, her new family must be willing to let her sleep in bed with them. The rescue emphasized the countless benefits of sharing your bed with your dog, highlighting that waking up to their adorable face each morning is one of the greatest joys. Studies have shown that sleeping with pets can reduce stress and provide a sense of comfort and security. For senior dogs like Twinkle, these small comforts can significantly enhance their quality of life.

Cuddling in bed is one of the many perks of pet ownership,

and most people can’t get enough of it. There’s something profoundly comforting about the presence of a loyal dog by your side as you drift off to sleep. Twinkle, with her tiny size and gentle nature, posed no threat or inconvenience. Yet, her desire to be close to her humans was misunderstood and led to her being returned.


Other dog owners shared their experiences in the comments section of the TikTok video, expressing solidarity with Twinkle. Many stated that their dogs also share (or even hog) the bed, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. One user wrote, “My Chihuahua wants to sleep on my head most nights… that’s what being a Chi mom and dad is all about! Poor Twinkle.” Another viewer commented, “That’s where dogs sleep!!” These responses highlighted how common it is for dogs to seek closeness during the night and how many pet owners cherish this bond.

Twinkle’s story quickly spread, touching the hearts of many. The rescue urged people to share Twinkle’s video to help her find her “real forever” home. The response was overwhelming, with thousands of shares, likes, and comments pouring in. The rescue received numerous inquiries from potential adopters who were more than willing to let Twinkle share their bed.

The rescue emphasized the importance of finding the right match for Twinkle. They wanted to ensure that her next home would truly be her forever home, where she would be loved and accepted for who she is, quirks and all. The rescue’s dedication to Twinkle’s well-being was evident as they carefully screened potential adopters to find the perfect fit.

In the meantime, Twinkle continued to charm everyone at the rescue with her sweet personality. Despite her past hardships, she remained hopeful and loving. The staff made sure she received plenty of attention and cuddles, ensuring she felt safe and cared for while they searched for her ideal family.


Finally, the good news came—Twinkle’s adoption was pending. A family who had seen her story on TikTok and fallen in love with her was ready to welcome her into their home. They were thrilled at the prospect of sharing their bed with Twinkle and couldn’t wait to give her the love and comfort she deserved.

As Twinkle prepares to move to her new home, her story serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding and accepting the unique needs and personalities of our pets. Twinkle’s journey from the streets of Miami to finding a loving family willing to embrace her quirks is a testament to the resilience of animals and the power of compassion.

For Twinkle, the future looks bright. She will finally get to spend her golden years in a home where she is loved unconditionally. Her new family eagerly awaits her arrival, ready to provide the warmth and security she craves. And for Twinkle, the best part will undoubtedly be curling up in bed with her new mommy and daddy, knowing she is truly home.

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