A toddler was caught cuddling his ‘best friend’ Brutus the boxer at night instead of staying in his adult bed.
In adorable footage, 23-month-old Finn Knudston grabs his sheets and teddy bear before clambering into Brutus’ basket and crawling next to the dog’s abdomen.
Mom of four Paige set the camera at home in Richmond, Virginia to discover how her son shares a bed with the four-year-old dog every night.
She said the couple had been inseparable from the day her son came home. Finn was born with a heart defect and needed emergency surgery to save his life.
Finn Knudston and Brutus the boxer are inseparable. Shown at home in Richmond, Virginia
Mother of four Paige set up the night camera to discover how they eventually share a bed
In the video, the toddler seems to have waited for all the lights to go out before making the secret trip to his best friend’s basket.
After climbing into Finn, he lies over the dog’s torso several times, trying to get comfortable before trying to sit on his back as well.
Brutus barely moves while the bedmate fidgets and seems to stay asleep.
Mother Paige said, “Finn started sleeping in his big boy’s bed just over a month ago, and then Brutus began to crawl up and sleep in bed every night; it was as if he were lying next to him to keep him from rolling out of bed.
Finn then started to climb out of his bed and sleep on his floor, so of course Brutus started sleeping next to him there too.
“The dog bed came into play recently, so we now have one downstairs and one upstairs, which eventually made it into Finn’s room and the rest was history.”
Finn and Brutus suggested that they nap in the family home together
Mother Paige said the dog and her son are “best friends” and there is now a basket for Brutus in Finn’s room
Paige added that she felt the dog had gone to sleep next to Finn because he felt he needed extra protection.
“When I was 20 weeks pregnant with Finn, the anatomy scan showed that he had a cyanotic heart defect, the transposition of the great arteries.
“We were very lucky to have discovered this before his birth, or he wouldn’t be with us today.
Finn underwent multiple procedures immediately after his birth to keep him alive until he could have open heart surgery.
Finn had his arterial switch at 11 days old and was doing great and after seven weeks, some unexpected complications and extra surgery, Finn was finally fired.
“Once we got home, it was as if Brutus knew that Finn needed some extra close supervision, and he’s been by his side ever since.”
Finn and Brutus the boxer are napping together. Paige said she thinks the dog decided that her son needed extra protection
The couple snuggled together in bed. Finn had heart surgery after his birth
Paige had taken photos of the couple who had rolled up in the new dog bed since they received it, and her and husband Nate, a 38-year-old auto shop worker, were intrigued by what happened before and after.
Paige said, “I watched the footage in real time from my phone in the next room, I couldn’t watch or rewind the footage. I sat on the other side of the door all the time and listened.
“I synced the camera to my phone so I could determine when it was recorded and when it was just checked.
“Just before I got the record from my phone, I put Finn back in bed because I saw him climbing on the edge of his seat on camera and I didn’t want him to fall.
“I went back to my phone and hit the record because I saw it loose myself and I didn’t want to miss it when he got out of bed again to lie down with Brutus, and that’s exactly what he did.
“I wasn’t afraid Brutus would get annoyed because he tolerated and behaved so incredibly well in other situations, so Finn who rolled around and climbed around was something I knew wouldn’t bother him.
The couple is pictured above and snuggled together on a bed in the family home
“Brutus insists on being in Finn’s room and he’s not the kind of dog to do something he doesn’t want to do, no one is forcing him to be in that situation.
“He never showed any signs of aggression against people or he wouldn’t be trusted around Finn or any of our other children.”
The adorable video was made on July 3.