Went shopping for new beds for the prospective new QI today.
(Don't have him yet, so please don't ask yet - Thanks)
Some were nicely designed, but the fabrics were so thin I'm afraid
large dog nails would puncture/shred it in the first week. So does
anybody have/know of a pattern for a nice (80-100 lb.) dog bed? Might
quilt the top - might not. Haven't decided yet, and may depend on the
Replied privately but only because I needed to send him a picture of Yogi
and the Ultimate QI bed. Little does Doc know that their new furry face may
prefer Doc's bed. (Ask Leslie.) Polly
"Dr. Zachary Smith" Went shopping for new beds for the prospective
new QI today.
That is just the cutest picture Leslie. Dogs here don't sleep on
people beds. Two adults and a couple of cats on a full size
bed leaves little room for a couple of big dogs. Georgia has
lousy knees so she doesn't ever jump that high anyway. Ginger
likes to sleep outside in nice weather.
The dog beds I have made are just a couple ovals of fabric. I just make
them a bit larger than the dog as she lies on the floor. I put a 4"
wide strip of fabric between the two for depth. I do a zipper and then
use a liner with the filling. I have used cedar chips but when Lea was
old I used the egg crate foam. Polar fleece is really nice in cooler
weather. Denim weight works really well too.
My favorite QI/Inspector of Everything is Clara, a large mutt born
with a deformed front leg and now developing arthritis. (She does not
get on furniture.) Her bed seems to please her very much, and is one
of the rather inexpensive "bag" styles with stuffing in an inner bag
and a zipper on the removable outer bag that can be washed. However,
I thought the texture of the outer bag was a bit rough as well as
ugly. The overall size is about 3' by 4', and it is about 8" thick.
I got it rather inexpensively at one of the "big box" stores. To keep
Clara's bed clean, better looking, and a nicer texture I have two twin
bed sized flat sheets which I alternate. Every time I change the
sheets on my bed, I change the sheet on Clara's bed, too, and just
fluff up the bag, spread a clean flat sheet over everything, and tuck
the edges under all the way around. And then I toss her used sheet
into the washer and dryer, and with a dog with a thick double coat
that really helps with hair in the house! Clara not only sleeps on
her bed at night (next to mine), but also goes upstairs to her bed for
afternoon naps. About her sheets -- Clara sleeps on much nicer sheets
than I do! Hers are 100% cotton and with a thread count of about 400,
and holding up very, very well. I found them at a store going out of
business for $5 each, so I bought two -- very sad that I couldn't find
the same sort of bargain for my bed!
OK, Ok, ok... I'm thinking more along the lines of one of these:
See, the thing is, dogs LOVE pillows - just like people do. This is
why they'll often rearrange crate pads, blankets, etc.
It goes back to sleeping in a pile with their litter/den mates where
there's always somebody soft & warm to rest their head on. This is
also why (BIG) dogs will put up with being used as a pillow by people
when you're lying on the floor watching tv. :-D
Doc (Whose DW swears he *was* a dog in a former life... Really!)
While I like all of these I think you need two different ones. Sorry I
can't remember where you live. But if you don't have a stable year round
temperature you need two beds. One with the wrap around the top of the
bed will hold the heat in and will be very hot in the summer. Although
they are great in the winter. I would suggest just an oversized stuffed
pillow like for the summer or the last one you posted as it leaves
enough breathing room.
When I had my two dogs I had both. One in the living room and one in the
bedroom. Both the different styles and they would go to the one they
wanted depending on the temperature.
> See, the thing is, dogs LOVE pillows - just like people do. This is
> why they'll often rearrange crate pads, blankets, etc.
> It goes back to sleeping in a pile with their litter/den mates where
> there's always somebody soft & warm to rest their head on. This is
> also why (BIG) dogs will put up with being used as a pillow by people
> when you're lying on the floor watching tv. :-D
> Doc (Whose DW swears he *was* a dog in a former life... Really!)
He'll have his crate, and he'll have the one we want to make.
Temperature isn't really an issue; the inside of the house is always
within a 10 degree range. Dogs always manage to find the perfect
spots anyway, either in front of the wood stove, on top of a heating/
cooling duct, or the coolest floor in the foyer. In a PERFECT world
I'd get him one of these to match the family room furniture:
...but if he ever chewed on it I'd probably lay a brick, if you catch
I think dogs can be different in their likes. Ginger dog has two
beds out she can sleep on when she sleeps outside. She generally
chooses to lie in the medium size river rocks around the pool.
Sometime in the night she ends up on one of the beds. She likes the
cool concrete too. Go figure. Georgia won't sleep outside anywhere
if she has the choice to be inside. Even if it is wonderfully cook outside.
They are both lying here on the floor (one on carpet, one on hard laminate
while their beds lie empty. Maybe we over
work their needs? LOL
Your dogs will be happy just to be near you probably.
I see one of these dog beds has Memory Foam inside it. I have a 4 in. thick
Memory Foam topper on my bed- it holds body heat which is great for my
arthritis. But I also get stuck in the indentation from my body and can't
easily roll over during the night or get out of bed when I have stiff joints
in the mornings. These may be issues for dogs- 'specially an older
arthritic dog. So far it hasn't helped keep any of The HairyButt Gang off
of *my* bed. But then they are all younger dogs.
Other than that issue, these beds all look delightful! I'd be challenging
myself to create one- good thing my dogs sleep on my bed!
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Well, for one puppy, I did use a mahogany drawer - with a large cushion
Zachary Smith writes
>He'll have his crate, and he'll have the one we want to make.
>Temperature isn't really an issue; the inside of the house is always
>within a 10 degree range. Dogs always manage to find the perfect
>spots anyway, either in front of the wood stove, on top of a heating/
>cooling duct, or the coolest floor in the foyer. In a PERFECT world
>I'd get him one of these to match the family room furniture:
>...but if he ever chewed on it I'd probably lay a brick, if you catch >my drift...
It's interesting you should mention that Leslie. I have a friend (a
large sized woman) who was in a car accident recently. She had no
serious injuries, just bumps, bruises,etc. She and her DH have
recently purchased one of the memory foam /Temperpedic mattresses.
She said that after her accident that she was so sore, that she was
stuck in her mattress "dent". Something to consider whether it's for
a dog or a human.
The big white dog is Teddy- a Great Pyrenees/Old English Sheepdog. He now
lives with my ex who adores him- and it's mutual. When I moved into town in
my new/old house I could only have three dogs under the city ordinances.
Since Teddy was the last adopted and didn't ever really fit into the 'pack'
my ex was thrilled to adopt him. I still get to visit Teddy any time and he
still loves me- I spent an hour with Teddy just today. It's all worked out
happily for us. Thanks- that quilt is one of my favorites of all my bed
quilts- as always, I make simple patterns for using since they will get
washed to death in a year or so... thanks to my adored HairyButt Gang!
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.