A couple months ago I got the dogs new dog beds from Molly Mutt. These two dogs can go through some beds. Cody has chewed through every bed we’ve gotten him and Charlie can stink up a bed like nobody’s business. I think it’s because his hair is so short. Doggie BO. Whatever. Anyway, I did some research and discovered Molly Mutt. It’s a bit of an investment. I won’t lie. So I waited until she had a Black Friday sale and purchased the two beds below. I got a small DIY kit that comes with 2 duvet covers and one interior stuff sack and just added a second stuff sack to my order so each dog would have his own bed.
It is really a genius idea for several reasons. First of all, you use household items like shirts or socks or stuffed animals you were going to toss out and shove it into the stuff sack and essentially treat that like a duvet. Then you stuff the stuff sack inside the duvet cover. Everything about this bed is washable. Everything. That is genius. Second of all, everything you stuff in the sack is going to smell like you or someone in your house which the dogs will find very comforting. Three, you don’t ever have to buy another dog bed ever again. (Theoretically.) Molly Mutt FTW!
I gave the dogs and the beds a month to see how it would go. Turns out it went extremely well. So well, in fact, that I decided the boys needed two more duvet covers and upgraded the crate covers we had (boring, bland beige numbers you can see here) to the pretty black and white (Glory Days) ones in both these pictures. Which, by the way, are also washable. MORE WIN!
By now, Cody would have completely chewed through his dog bed and would be methodically pulling the stuffing out. But with the new bed that smells like family? No chewing. EPIC WIN!
I know you can’t tell from these pictures, but we have these stuffed pretty thickly and as the dogs lay on them, they flatten out, but are still nice and cushiony. There’s no issues of the filling all getting pushed to the sides of the bed and being hollow in the “center” or wherever the dogs lay the most. And yes, we crate our dogs. They love it. Cody will get in his crate all on his own to go to sleep. Charlie prefers to lay on top of a pile of pillows like the little emperor he thinks he is, but he’s happy to get in his crate. Especially when there are treats involved. It’s their safe and designated space. It’s especially handy when Charlie gets super OCD and won’t stop barking. We can tell him to crate up and lay down. He can’t really bark when he’s laying down and then we flip the top tab down so he is completely enclosed. He is laying down and can’t bark and because he can’t see out, has no stimuli. He calms down pretty quickly (for him) when we do that. WIN WIN.
So anyway. Now they keep the chewing and tearing up of things to their toys.
SIDEBAR: Why is it that they can take toys out of the basket, but can’t figure out how to put them back in the basket? Is it because they’re boys? /SIDEBAR