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    DefaultThe Foot Rule

    A friend sent this to me. Can any of you relate?
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    There is a formula for figuring out how bed space is allocated. It is called the "Foot Rule". You start by determining the total number of feet (as in those at the end of the legs, not the kind made up by inches). Then you divide that total by the number of feet belonging to the person(s) or dog(s) in question.

    This is how it works:

    You and your spouse share your bed with 1 dog. You and your spouse total 4 feet and the dog also has 4 feet. That is a total of 8 feet. The dog has 4 out of 8 feet or 50%, therefore, the dog gets 50% of the bed.

    You could work this in reverse as well. You have 2 out of 8 feet or 25% and so does your spouse, so each of you gets 25% and the dog gets 50%.

    Now if you have 5 dogs - at 4 feet per dog that is 20 feet. Add to that your 2 feet and you have a total of 22 feet in the bed. You have 2 out of 22 feet which is 1/11th or 9.1% of the bed. The dogs, since they share a total of 20 of 22 feet, get 10/11ths or 90.9% of the bed. Simple isn't it?!

    Once you figure out your percentage of the bed space, the next step is to work out the exact area that you are entitled to. Let's say your bed is a California King which is approximately 6 ft x 7 ft. Here is the math:

    6 ft x 7 ft = 42 square feet
    42 square feet = 6048 square inches
    9.1% of 6048 = 550 square inches
    550 square inches = 45.8 total inches
    45.8 inches = 3.8 total feet

    In order to determine the exact size of your bed space, you need to know the percentage of length to width - this comes out to 54% long to 46% wide. When you apply these percentages to your spot:

    550 square inches x 54% = 297 square inches 550 square inches x 46% = 253
    square inches
    297 square inches = 24.7 inches
    253 square inches = 21.1 inches
    24.7 inches = 2.1 feet
    21.1 inches = 1.8 feet

    Now that the math's are all done, the figures show that the dimensions of your part of the bed are 2.1 feet by 1.8 feet or in other words, you sleep on your pillow.

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    DefaultRe: The Foot Rule

    LOL. Thank goodness I have a king size bed. ;D

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    DefaultRe: The Foot Rule

    Quote Originally Posted by rottnlabs


    Now that the math's are all done, the figures show that the dimensions of your part of the bed are 2.1 feet by 1.8 feet or in other words, you sleep on your pillow.
    But what if the dog steals your pillow, too?
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    Cute -- and true!* Thanks.

    Fortunately, my Puff is usually "considerate" so when she's squeezed me to the edge and I want more room, I ask her to stand (which she does) while I reposition myself more comfortably.* When I've resettled, she lies down again, always with body touching me (or sometimes with her chin on my feet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Pr.
    Cute -- and true!* Thanks.

    Fortunately, my Puff is usually "considerate" so when she's squeezed me to the edge and I want more room, I ask her to stand (which she does) while I reposition myself more comfortably.* When I've resettled, she lies down again, always with body touching me (or sometimes with her chin on my feet).
    Awww that's sweet.

    My dogs only get to sleep with me when I travel so I don't complain even though I'm usually relegated to the outside 2" of the bed.

    One time I shared a room with 1 queen size bed with a training buddy. Her dog has always slept with her. That night was no different. The dog settled in between both of us with her body against her mom and her feet against my back. She then proceeded to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and pushed me off the edge of the bed. My friend was so embarassed. I thought it was pretty funny.

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    Wow. That's an accurate formula for bed space. My space calculated to be 5 sq. ft or about 10 inches which is exactly what I get. I could get more if I told them to move, but I look at those adorable sleeping faces, one sprawled on her back snoring, one hugging a pillow, and one having an active dream with feet running, and I don't have the heart to wake and move them, so I just crawl into my ten inches.

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