Fancy Dog Beds

As pet owners we look for fancy dog beds because they are so cute, and look so pretty, and it matches all your furniture. We think that maybe that round bed with metal ornamental frame looks so good. Do our pets really care what the bed looks like? I am sure that to some extent our pets do have good taste and like pretty things. Remember, they love to be in your bed. Now if your bed was not so comfortable, and does not look so good, would you like to sleep in it? Just as we look for certain features when we choose our own bedroom furniture. Here are some tips in choosing a bed for your pooch:

* Looks are important

* The fabric must be soft, the color depends on your decor

* Odor absorbent crystals in the pet is important

* Thickness of the mattress pad indicates how comfortable it will be

* Memory foam mattress would make it more comfortable, especially for heavier and older dogs

* Thermal mattresses offer warmth to arthritic dogs

* Cooling dog beds are a great comfort in the heat

* Make sure that the cover of the mattress is removable so it can be washed and sanitized, or else it will stink after a while

* If your dog sleeps outdoors, an elevated dog bed may be a better choice so that it won’t be so hard on the ground, and will not pick up dirt

* Some dogs have an attraction to silk and satin like my Kate. She begins to scratch and get ready to sleep when she sees satin, especially under the Christmas tree

* It is alright to find a fancy or designer dog beds, as long as they are comfortable too

Just as we like to lay our heads on a soft pillow, dogs like pillows and even blankets to cover. When I was growing up, we had a big white dog who slept on the floor. But as soon as we left the house, he would jump onto the bed, put his head on the pillow and cover himself. Then when we get home, and he hears us opening the door, he will get on the floor and sleep as if he was there all along. One day we spied on him and discovered his secret. In India the dogs were expected to sleep on the floor. Now I know better. So be kind to your four-legged friends and give them a comfortable and pretty bed for themselves so they won’t have to sneak into your bed for comfort.

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Dog beds vs your bed

Does your dog like to sleep on his own dog bed or in your bed? My niece called me yesterday from California and said that when she picked up her dog, she also went and got her a dog bed. However, the dog likes to sleep in her bed, and usually on her pillow. If that is going to be a problem, then you should never allow your dog in your bed in the first place. Once you make a concession, you have lost the battle. There are all kinds of beautiful and useful dog beds available. To have you dog sleep in their bed, you must have them sleep there from the very first day. If they come to your bed, you just have to put them back in their dog beds. Once you let your dog in your bed, you can just about forget about your pillow, because the small dogs like to sleep right near your head.

Recently I wrote about the dogs that were let loose in the National Forest by the Mayor of a town in east Arkansas. Unfortunately, those dogs did not have choice of dog beds they could sleep in. However, after the story broke loose, there have been people who have volunteered to take the dogs in. They were unable to find food for themselves while in the forest and looked a bit thin, but they will be alright. They are now clean and happy in some nice person’s home. Now maybe, they will get to sleep on a pretty dog bed, or at least a soft dog bed, as apposed to having to find a place in the forest. The Mayor is in the dog house now. He could face charges because it is illegal to set animals loose into a National forest.

So the choices we make for our dogs, matter greatly. If we do not spay or neuter our pets, there may be some pets that do not have a home. It is also not right for us to adopt a dog or cat, and then let them run loose in the city. If we want a pet, we must be prepared to provide a good home for them. That includes a good dog bed, dog food and especially water. The temperatures are high now and our dogs will get hot. If you do not keep them cool and provide enough water for them, they will have heat exhaustion just like we do. We must also remember that a dog’s body temperature is already higher than ours. There are cooling mats available for dogs that cannot be in a cool place.