Treat your favorite pup to some serious indulgence this holiday season and splurge on a dog bed that will have him feeling like he's in the lap of luxury while showcasing serious design style. From supercozy to over-the-top extravagant, this collection of dog beds will make wonderful gifts for your favorite pet and look great in your home.
Designed to look like a giant cupcake liner, Sweet Cake ($212) has many uses, including planter, baby bathtub, and drink cooler. But throw in a pillow and it becomes a pet bed, perfect for small pooches and kitties. Lightweight and durable, this container is made of thick polyethylene and comes in 10 different colors. I think it's cheeky and fun — what do you think?
Your pups can't fetch this fetching item, although they may be tempted! Made of recycled tennis balls, this bed stands out, while a comfy cushion lets the pooch snuggle in for a bumpy nap. Dogs that enjoy rolling around on things of different textures will get a nice massage from the product from Hugh Hayden Design, but a $285 doggie bed could be the crafty inspiration you need to get out there and DIY. Would your pups lounge in style or try to drag this bed out to the park for playtime?
Organic cotton is a great eco-tastic option for pet toys and linens and this bed is no exception. Coming in petit, grand and super, the Louisdog Organic Basket Dog Bed ($93 and up) uses earth-friendly fabrics and printing for furry environmentalists. The one aspect that confuses me is the basket portion — does this bed really need handles so I am supposed to cart it off with a pup sleeping inside? (And, yes, those are matching pillows.)
I know what an investment a dog bed can be. You pick out just the right size, color, shape, and feel, then dig into your pocketbook cause your furry friend is totally worth the price. But, after a few months, do these new digs seem totally worn out, leaving you searching for yet another new bed? This happened in my household a few times and let me tell you, North does not appreciate musical beds. So instead of shelling out $50 or more for a store bought dud that will end up in a landfill, take a more wallet and earth friendly approach to bed buying. Check out Stuff Sacks.Stuff Sacks ($10-15) allow you to use old blankets, sweaters and pillows that would have otherwise been tossed out, and turn them into stuffing for Fido's new bed. Find out more about the Stuff Sack, and its perfect partner when you read more
Good things come in barrels. Barrels of laughs, barrels of monkeys, oh yeah, and barrels of wine! I can't get past the neat, new life an ordinary wine barrel – red, from the looks of it – gets as a doggie bed.
No fakes here, each Wine Barrel Dog Bed ($229) is from a genuine cask that's smoothed and finished to match the original patina. It's meant for pups that prefer snuggle shapes since there's a cut out hole to climb in and nestle against the side on a cuddly cushion. Cheers!
It's been a while since North's tested out a new product. He's pretty occupied these days, Twittering and all. More online time means he's extra tired at night – yawn.
Since the saying goes let sleeping dogs lie, I took a mini-break to blog about his new petLINENS bed. After all, if this snuggly, sleepy look is any testament, I think he approves. The cushions come in two sizes ($15 and $20) – this is the smallest – so both would be great options for even a dog much larger than North, lil pooches that like to sprawl, or a big home with space for the styles.
My favorite part is that you can get a petLINENS set with interchangeable slipcovers so, while one's in the wash, your furry friend can still enjoy naptime in clean luxury like spare doggy sheets. Since I couldn't resist sharing a couple more pictures of my pooch enjoying some rest, check them out below.
I loooved anything I could customize from mugs to t-shirts since I was a crafty child. And, even years later, I'm craving this super cute DIY bed (and don't think I wouldn't have wanted one then . . .if it had been around, anyway).
Now coming in two sizes for $55 or $75, the Picasso Pooch DIY Bed is great for any kids (or kids at heart) to give Fido a bed he'll be proud to lay his head on. Since it comes with a rainbow of fabric markers you can show him how much you care in bright, bold designs. In fact, I'm thinking of ordering one for North to keep until I have (human) babies to help make it!
Sleek and chic, the BowHaus is anything but typical! Taking a modern approach to the crate concept, this doggy den doubles as a tabletop for your things, providing you have a home where cocktails (or snacks) and canines mix it up. A limited edition release, one reader and her furry friend will win a BowHaus (retail value: $599) and one (1) Bed to fit (retail value: $89.99). Lucky dog!
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