Semi-OT: Bed Pattern for Large QI?


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
pattern.
Thanks.
Doc
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Dr. Zachary Smith
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.
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Polly Esther
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.
Taria
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Taria
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!
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Mary
OK, Ok, ok... I'm thinking more along the lines of one of these:
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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!)
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Dr. Zachary Smith
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. Joanna
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> 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!)
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Joanna
Hi Joanna,
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:
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...but if he ever chewed on it I'd probably lay a brick, if you catch my drift...
Doc
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Dr. Zachary Smith
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. Taria
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Taria
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.
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Leslie& The Furbabies in MO.
She has the 6" left on the far right hand side in the picture - and one pillow >gg< . In message , Sandy writes
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Patti
Well, for one puppy, I did use a mahogany drawer - with a large cushion in it!!! . In message , Dr. Zachary Smith writes >Hi Joanna, > >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: > >
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>...but if he ever chewed on it I'd probably lay a brick, if you catch >my drift... > >Doc
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Patti
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.
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KJ
Oh that picture is priceless! :-)
And Leslie, if you ever get tired of that lovely PURPLE quilt, please send it to me. I'm in the directory. ;-)
Best regards, Michelle in Nevada
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Michelle C.
Ya, I like that one a lot! It's got WOW factor. You can make a quilt you can make one of those for a lot less... Good Luck Joanna
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Joanna
Beautiful dogs, Leslie. Who/what is the white dog at center? The Purple Warm Wishes quilt is lovely too. PAT in VA/USA
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Pat in Virginia
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.
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Leslie& The Furbabies in MO.

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