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Old 01-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I envy you. They've come out with 'new' memory foam for human mattresses that are 'stay cool' because there were so many complaints about the heat retention with the 'old' memory foam. I won't pay more than $50 for a dog bed, because there are so many other 'non-dog bed' options. You've just got to think outside what you're being sold. I only got the old girl a bed at all because she's, well, old and getting arthritis and other aches and pains. If you're crating or kenneling it may need a pad, but other than that dogs are fine on the floor if you've got carpet. My shepherds always preferred our bed (free) or chair (free).

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Old 01-06-2013, 02:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Both! Really nice doggie ortho beds come with a layer of egg crate foam AND memory foam. The memory foam will compress causing the dog's body to sink the the floor anyway. The egg crate foam won't compress as much and provides support for the memory foam. When used in conjunction with each other, you get very good support and you don't have the heat issue with the foam.

I bought both my crate pads at Petco. The blue one is newer and is memory foam. The brown one is the egg crate foam. Since taking this picture, I've reversed them so the egg crate foam pad is on top. She REALLY likes them now.

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Old 01-06-2013, 04:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I won't pay more than $50 for a dog bed, because there are so many other 'non-dog bed' options. You've just got to think outside what you're being sold. I only got the old girl a bed at all because she's, well, old and getting arthritis and other aches and pains. If you're crating or kenneling it may need a pad, but other than that dogs are fine on the floor if you've got carpet.
Or even if you don't--we have hardwood floors, and half the time my 11 year old female is lying sprawled on the hardwood instead of her bed. Even when it's cold outside. So yeah, that plus the fact that I can get free stuff that serves very well as a bed, I won't pay a lot for one, either.
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