Buying a Dog Bed for Toby

Just the other day Dave came to me with a suggestion. He thought we should get a dog for the kids.

At first I wasn’t sold on the idea. Dogs don’t look after themselves and need a lot of daily attention. There is the feeding, walking, cleaning of dog beds or dog cushions and picking up their mess. I explained my concerns to Dave, but after a while he persuaded me to go along with his plan. I think Dave’s words of “I will handle anything dog related” may have convinced me!

dog cushion

The kids were ecstatic when we told them! We decided our first task even before went looking for a dog was to name it. Dave and I already knew that we wanted a male dog, so we told the kids that they could suggest some boy names. “Snuggles”, “SpongeBob”, “Chocco” and” Woof” were the early contenders but when the twins shouted out “Toby” and the other kids immediately joined in, we knew we had the winning name. Thank goodness, I can just imagine Dave standing by the front door calling “SpongeBob, SpongeBob.”

Last weekend we went to the local pound to find our new best friend. This wasn’t an easy task as they all were so cute with their sad “pick me” eyes. After what seemed like hours, we decided to go for a four year old fox terrier. He was a real cutie and everyone loved his good nature, especially when he took a turn to lick each of our kids as they greeted him. Toby the terrier was going to be our dog and he was just about perfect.dogs

On the way home Dave realised what he had let himself in for. We had to make an emergency stop because Toby had left a little present on the back seat!

Searching for the right dog bed

dog bedAs soon as we got home I immediately started searching online for a dog bed for Toby.

You would think it is pretty easy to find a dog bed, but there is a massive range out there! I was determined to find something perfect for him. I knew I wanted something that was comfortable, easy to clean (for Dave’s sake) and not too expensive!

In my research of online dog bed stores I found out the following:

  • Dogs mostly like to sleep stretched out, or curled up nose to tail. Sometimes a dog will use a combination of the two sleeping styles.
  • The right sized dog bed is of the utmost importance. Your dog needs to fit into his dog bed properly to be comfortable. Never buy a dog bed that is too small.
  • Dog beds come in various shapes and forms. I suggested to Dave we should get one with a removable and washable cover.

As we didn’t really know Toby’s sleeping habits we decided to order a medium sized rectangular dog cushion with a removable cover. We observed Toby for a week and saw that he liked to sleep all curled up in a ball. He looked extremely cute! Buying sleep products requires a lot of thought.

Armed with this knowledge we found the perfect dog bed online, a snug oval shaped padded bed with a removable cover for easy cleaning. Toby really loves sleeping in it, when the kids give him a break that is! I am still not sure if Dave’s decision to handle everything dog related is working out for him though!