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« on: January 10, 2007 11:11:48 AM »

Well, I want to make a nice soft dog bed for my little baby girl Lily (<----------see pic). She really likes to lay on my bed which has a nice fluffy down comformter. I googgled to see what ideas I could come up with and I saw one site that said to use plastic grocery store bags for the stuffing which sounds like a great ideas cause I have a gazillion of them, but before I do that, does anyone foresee any health or safety issues with that. I was thinking of making a square out of some sort of thick apolostry fabric and then stuffing with bags?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2007 01:05:41 PM »

I think that is a GREAT idea!  I wish I had it when I was making Henry's bed last night. 

The only issue I could see is if Lily was a shredder.  Henry can get through the toughest toys in a matter of .5 sec equalling fluff everywhere.

I would suggest that you chanel the pillow though.  That way if she does chew through then it is only through one section and not destroy the entire bed. 

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2007 02:23:57 PM »

So far her baby teeth cant quit cut through anything (although it hurts like heck when she runs after you and attacks your feet).
That is why I was thinking of using a really tough material, like apolstry, demin, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2007 02:29:59 PM »

My puppy ate a chunk of my leather couch so their teeth are strong if they are determined.   Wink

My suggestion is make sure it is washable. We have three little darlings and their dog beds get really stinky.  It is nice to be able to throw at least the cover in the wash.

« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2007 04:28:36 PM »

WashABLE!  Yes I forgot to mention that. 

re.  puppy teeth:  They quickly grow into adult teeth that will chew through ANYTHING!  I like PinkyK have lost part of my sofa due to one determined Dog Dog. 

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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2007 10:25:38 PM »

I had an awesome bed for my old shepherd.  It was a frame made of pvc pipes, and then fake sheep fleece stretched over the top square.  It had 4 legs that elevated it about 10 inches, but you could make it shorter.

I liked it elevated, it stayed cleaner and had good air flow so it was also cooler in summer, but the fleece was warm in winter too, perfect for outoors in SoCal.

So it had 4 pipes around the top, with the 3 way connectors, and then the legs attached to the connectors as well.  I hope that makes sense...  I bought his, but I would think I could make another one for less than $20...

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2007 06:38:25 PM »

Today I made my new doggie Molly (see below) a doggie pillow out of a towel and an old pillow.  I just found a nice towel (I used a beach towel) and wrapped it around the pillow.  I'll sew it later but it will do for now.  I'm planning on sewing up the sides and the bottom seam but for the top I'll use velcro so that it easily slips off if it needs to be washed.  She loves that pillow already and I am comforted knowing she's happy when I'm not here!



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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2007 10:03:37 PM »

i'll be making a big dog bed sometime this week, because the doggy needs a place to lay so the humans can sit on the couch. 
two ideas:
use outdoor fabric.  it's tough, plus water, stain, and fade resistant.
to make washing and repairs easier, encase all the stuffing material in something, and make the cover with a zipper or velcro.  (like a pillow cover and pillow form.)   
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