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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-29-2017, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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I'm considering buying a better bed for my discerning sorta-senior. She's spent her whole life following me around and plunking down next to me, from hotel beds to gravel roads.

When we're at home, she has access to the couch and prefers to sleep there. Over the winter she takes up permanent residence on the sheepskin rug in front of the woodstove.

The problem is, she spends a lot of time at my office, where she has a foam dog bed but usually sprawls on the ceramic tile next to my desk.

I've been considering buying a raised bed - Kuranda or equivalent - for my office. It seems great in theory... good air circulation, easy to keep clean, no pressure on the dog's joints.

I've also heard rave reviews from people who swear that washable crib mattresses are the ONLY sane choice on the market for older dog beds.

She's in good health, some arthritis and wear-and-tear but nothing bad.

Anyone have input? I need something that is super easy to keep clean. I work architecture/construction and track mud into the office constantly. Big squishy LL-Bean style things are completely out, as is anything that requires dry cleaning. Between the cats and the dirt and the dust, anything that can't be easily and throughly cleaned won't last long.

Thanks in advance for personal experiences/thoughts.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-29-2017, 09:03 PM
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Carly will be 8 soon, and she loves the cot style bed, especially since I put a blanket on it. I used a crib mattress for Sage when she was so ill. It was easy for her to get on and off, and it was cushy. I think if I had the cot bed back then, she would have used that too. They both are easy to clean.

Here's Sage on the crib mattress. It was up against the wall, with a body pillow as the back, and a blanket thrown over the whole thing.



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For dirty dogs with sensitive joints, it's hard to beat a crib mattress We've tried literally DOZENS of beds, and these are our favorites for keeping indoors. They also keep their shape really well, unlike the puffy beds that flatten out after a couple of months' use. And they're pretty cost-effective, too!

Our formula is: crib mattress (memory foam, no springs) + waterproof mattress protector + crib sheet topped with a layer or two of blankets or throws. We keep a few in rotation, and it's easy to throw a clean blanket on top when company comes over. Once a week -- or whenever the beds start to look dirty or stink -- we just throw everything in the laundry. Wash, dry, and throw it back on the mattress. Easy.

For the downstairs bed (in public view), my dad made us a log frame based on one we saw online. (Yay for dads!) The base is similar to a Kuranda bed, with the log frame built around it and the mattress plunked on top.

Outdoors we use the Kurandas, and yes -- the dogs love them!

Lucky dog getting to join you at work! And lucky you... I'm envious!
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Dogfaeries, wow -- a body pillow as the back of a crib mattress bed is a fantastic idea! I'll definitely be stealing that one Looks so cozy!
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Dogfaeries, wow -- a body pillow as the back of a crib mattress bed is a fantastic idea! I'll definitely be stealing that one Looks so cozy!
The body pillow turned it into a tiny couch.

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Mine like the Coolaroo cot. But half the time they are still on the floor where it is cooler. Memory foam would get to warm for them.




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After I spent hundreds of dollars on memory foam and orthopedic foam and every other dog bed. crib bed under the sun-- my boy came along and was always hot.

I got him a Kuranda with the mesh which is breathable. They both went nuts for that bed. It's like a competition to see who can get on it first and then the other one lays down by it to wait in line so when the other dog gets off they can jump on.

They are indestructible, my boy is a bed digger and he hasn't damaged it. I bought them both one for their kennels and another one for the living room. My dogs LOVE them and for the money, it's a darn inexpensive dog bed to hold up like it does.

Easy to clean. I got the old girl their fitted pad to go on hers for her kennel.
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Don't know why I have no pics of her in a kuranda...but it is both of their favorite bed, hands down
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I bought a coolaroo (cheaper) instead of the Kuranda, in case they didn’t like it. Every time I look at the bed, there’s a different dog on it, so I guess it’s a hit.

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CARLY ......... Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
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Can he get any more comfortable CBG?I think I need one for myself!

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