Julie and Jimmy Johnson aren’t afraid of canines. They have three children that sleep in their bed with them in their southeast Tennessee home. However, the couple suddenly discovered an enormous brown dog squashed between them that was not theirs.
“You could see light coming into our curtains in our bedroom and I feel my husband not just roll over, but kind of startled, like almost a jump roll over and it woke me up,” Julie explained.
“Julie, whose dog is this?” her husband said quietly but sternly.
Julie was perplexed, since she assumed it was either Hollis, Jupiter, or Zeppelin, one of their three dogs. However, as she lay over and locked eyes with Jimmy, she discovered a strange dog on their bed.
“My husband just went to kind of pull the blankets up a little bit, almost like they were going to protect him and at that point, the dog got even further up on our pillows and snuggled in and was just 100 percent content being there,” Julie said.
It didn’t take long for the Johnsons to understand that the odd dog wasn’t a threat, but rather a cuddle bug — and maybe a bed hog, since it pushed them to opposite ends of their king bed.
Julie said she began shooting photographs of the unusual and amusing circumstance after seeing the puppy and understanding it must have had people who cared for it. She then took a couple images and shared them on Facebook.
Julie didn’t have to wait long to get a reply from someone claiming to be the dog’s owner. It found out that the dog, named Nala, had gotten out of her collar and run into the woods the day before, just as severe thunderstorms were approaching the region. One of Nala’s mothers was on her way to receive her after a quick picture verification.
There were no hard feelings in the end, and the owners have since had a play session with all four dogs, proving that they are no longer strangers.