May 23, 2008. From a happy parent. I had to share what is happening to us. To bring the rest of you up to speed, we have an eight-year-old high functioning son. We got our dog last March. Our son had NEVER NEVER slept a night in his bed. His “security item” or “transitional object” has always been Dad or me. So success number one: for the last two months he has been sleeping in his own bed with Popeye/Shadow. YEAH!!! no crying, no muss, no fuss.