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Old 07-17-2007, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. I have been looking for sometime now for two good dog beds. I found a great corner dog bed, but it was expensive and it's too large for the room. I bought it for Guido when we first got him, but Macy quickly took over that and he's stuck on her old bed which is now flat as a pancake.

So, I have been on a search for two matching beds that will keep their fluff and has a cover that can be washed. I really don't want to spend more than $50 each. I thought I would post this to see what everyone else has and what their puppies like so I don't keep buying beds that suck. Macy likes to sleep curled up, but Guido is all spread out.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Fiona has this bed from Foster and Smith. *It is in her crate at night and out in the living room during the day. *It has washed well and seems to be holding up good. But, she is still a pup. I just think Foster/Smith has good stuff.

Here is the website for Fiona's bed.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/P ... 001+113679
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I have never had luck with dog beds..Chloe has destroyed them all..She now has taken over ownership of our king size bed ..Hubby and I just ask permission to sleep there at night.
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[quote="sharonL\";p=\"16390":2m4dosp1]Fiona has this bed from Foster and Smith.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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After going through several purchased beds we started making our own. *We buy one of the twin sized foam mattress toppers (can get them at Walmart, Kmart, etc in the bedding section, they are tan colored and are made for people who have to stay in bed alot to help prevent bed sores, etc. usually around 10-15 dollars).

I cut it in half and buy fleece (usually try to get it at the end of season when it is on sale). *Can't remember what the exact measurments are but I usually get 2-4 yards of fleece (you can also use denim or any other sturdy fabric your dog likes). *I place the fleece around the piece of foam leaving about 1 inch overlap and then turn the fabric with right sides together and stitch the two sides, one end will not need stitched because it will be the fold. *For the open end where the foam will go I use a strip of velcro stitched on, I usually leave a small flap so I can fold the velcro over kind of like an envelope. *The cover can be removed and washed easily and if the foam gets old or the dog has an accident you can replace it. *

The total cost for TWO beds is around 20.00 to 30.00 depending on if I can get the fleece on sale or clearance. *I am NOT a sewing expert and can't read a pattern to save my life but this is just two simple stitched sides and then the velcro stitched on, since I use fleece I also don't have to worry about any of the fabric fraying so I don't have to do any folding over and stitching to stop fray. *

Our puppies liked to pull and play with the mats so of course they needed to be watched when using them but around 1 year and they have never bothered them again, just crash out on them. *I made a larger one that fit all three of our dogs for in the bedroom, they all just laid together on it.
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That's a good idea too. I made Macy's first bed when we got her. I just used two pillows and tied fleece in little strips around it, but the strips slowly deteriorated.

My mom sews a lot and her new project is making stylish dog collars. I bet I could rope her into making them some beds, she loves her grandpuppies! *
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well for Meigs believe it or not I found a really nice one at family dollar. It was a $30 bed priced for $15. It has cotton on one side and fleece on the other. A removable cover for washing. It is great. I would take it out when I knew he would be in there for a long while to prevent accidents on it but he is doing GREAT with the accidents in his crate. His crate is right next to our bed so at night he just whines to go potty and I take him out. He has been sleeping all through the night since about the 1st week.
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Very interesting ideas you all have come up with for beds...I have 2, but nobody sleeps in them anymore..Angel sometimes gets a wild hair up her butt and decises to drag them around the house, but that's about it, oh yea, she uses them as headrests....Having said that, I like Boxerloves's idea for beds, that would be real simple to make and not that expensive either...And yes, I do sew, just don't do much anymore...But I'm going to copy and paste her idea to pass on for others...



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Does the foam take to being washed? *My youngest son is very allergic to dogs (we found this out 4 months after we got Chloe) and everything has to be laundered that the dog has touched at least once a week. *

Right now she sleeps in a fleece blanket in the bottom of the crate, but she has about torn all the edging piece off of it and its about to make its way to the trash after about a year of use. *Plus - you can still hear her toe nails against the plastic floor in the crate - so if she moves in the middle of the night, she wakes us up.
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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We have been on the dog bed search too. *We currently just have one of those big dog pillows, but Tug had rather be in one of the recliners or our bed!!
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