They are best friends, so the toddler gets out of bed at night to sleep with his dog

‘Brutus will follow Finn into whatever room he’s in. Brutus will curl up right next to him.’

Paige Knudtson was intrigued to learn more and set up a camera after finding her baby Finn curled up next to the family dog on numerous occasions. The end result was a hilarious video of Finn, their 4-year-old boxer dog, and Brutus sleeping next to each other in the middle of the night while Finn grabbed a blanket and climbed out of bed. In the video, Finn can be seen moving all over the dog while Brutus just waits calmly, motionless, for Finn to find the best position for sleeping.

Paige reveals to Dodo that even when Finn was younger and slept in a crib, Brutus used to snooze on the floor below it, right next to the crib. Paige explains, “He [Finn] needs his cup of water and Brutus to go to bed,” Paige says. 

In the video, Finn can be seen getting closer and closer to Brutus while also maneuvering around the dog to find the position that is most comfortable for him. According to Paige, Brutus has always been extremely patient and understands that “little people are little people,” and that he will likely eventually find a comfortable position to sleep in. The two always sleep together,  “Whether it be in the dog bed, Finn’s bed, or the floor, the two always sleep together,” the Virginia mom told Bored Panda. 

“Initially, Brutus would sleep on the rug in front of his crib every night,” Paige said, but when the toddler started to sleep in a bed, the doggo began to crawl up and sleep on the bed with him, as if to “prevent him from rolling out of bed.” 
Brutus may have always slept with his little friend because “he senses he needs more protection.” The young child had to go through some difficult medical obstacles when he was born, because of a congenital heart disorder. Finn had a cyanotic heart defect called transposition of the great arteries when she was 20 weeks pregnant with him. If the family hadn’t discovered this information before his birth, “he would not be here with us today,” Paige expressed.

“Finn had his arterial switch at 11 days old and did great and after seven weeks, a few unexpected complications, and an additional surgery, he was discharged,” Paige said, adding that at that moment, “it was as if Brutus just knew Finn needed some extra close monitoring and he has been by his side ever since.”

Finn must be loved and protected by Brutus, which also explains why the dog would put up with all of Finn’s rolling around for so long.  “They definitely like to be around each other. Brutus will follow Finn into whatever room he’s in. Brutus will curl up right next to him. They’re just best buds, they’re always together,” Paige told Dodo.

Similar to Brutus, another dog was praised for his bravery during the Tennessee floods in 2021. An autistic boy was saved by Cooper, a 6-year-old dog, who swam through floodwaters. The Great Pyrenees-Labrador mix was swept into the river when the flood hit. The boy was clinging to a wall when Cooper swam to his aid and stayed with him until help arrived.  In reference to the adorable guard dog, veterinarian Dr. Jessica Peek said ,”We’ve been calling him Big Hero Dog all week long,” Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Peek said about the adorable protective dog. The story of Cooper’s heroic rescue first came out in a Facebook appeal to find his owners, wherein Zaneta Warren, a woman who was rescued along with the boy and the dog, revealed that “he has a bit of a story behind him told to me by a young autistic man who was on the boat with him.”. .