The Times Free Press interviews locals who benefit from sharing their bedroom with a pet animal.

Travis Young is not surprised that a recent survey shows that snuggling with a pet throughout the night can make a person feel more safe and secure.

He saw it firsthand when his son Riley, 10, began sleeping with Jasper, their 16-pound Terrier mix.

“We had trouble getting Riley to sleep by himself in his own room after living in a one-bedroom apartment during a move,” says Young, owner of Scenic City European Import Auto Sales in Chattanooga. “He would demand someone sleep in the room with him and we were running out of solutions. We came up with the idea that the dog could sleep with him and it worked.”