Over the years I have been on the quest for the perfect dog bed for the hounds.
When Mina first came to live with us, we had one of those plastic beds that you put bedding in. Mina never seemed that comfortable in so we then tried another type - the stuffed duvet type. They worked well and would wash up nicely but soon seemed to flatten.
Stuffed duvet type beds
|Stevie flattens his stuffed duvet type bed|
Donut dog bedsWe then moved onto a donut or nest type bed for all 3. The hounds seemed to like them and often Mina and Jasper would cosy on up together!
|Jasper & Mina cosy up in their donut bed|
|Mina tries to perfect her 'It wasn't me' look|
And now a Tuffies bedAt Crufts last year however, I was fortunate enough to meet Luise from Tuffies. Tuffies are, as the name suggests, 'tuff' dog beds. I don't mean the kind that are hard to lie on; I mean the sort that are designed to withstand a 35kg greyhound (and sometimes 70kg of hound, when two lie on them) sleeping on them without going flat.
Out of all the types of beds the hounds have tested over the years, the Tuffies bed has been by far the one that they all seem to prefer.
I must admit when the bed first arrived I wondered if the hounds would get used to it. For a start, it was huge (but then again, at full stretch so are greyhounds!) and it was covered in hard wearing, waterproof material - not the soft type of bedding the hounds are generally used to. However, I needn't have worried.
The great thing about the Tuffies bed is that it NEVER and I mean never - goes flat. With all the beds the hounds have had, after a while they all go flat. No amount of plumping them up works (with the exception of washing and tumble drying the duvets).
|Stevie & Mina bookends on their Tuffies bed|
Our Tuffies bed has stayed nice and plump for nearly a year now and is really easy to clean - simply wipe it (or in extreme cases of muckyness - hose it) down. I tend to cover the bed with a blanket as my hounds like to make 'nests' of their beds.
The only thing I have noticed about the bed is that it's noisy! How can a bed be noisy you may ask? Well, what I mean is that when Stevie, in particular, is settling down and trying to find that just comfy spot - the bed seems to make crinkle-like noises. That said, this is my only 'complaint' (and it's so minor it doesn't really warrant a complaint - but the right word escapes me) about the bed.
In reality, the bed has been a great addition to the hounds' day and night time resting places. I would imagine that if you have a dog that loves to get muddy and then roll on their bed that a Tuffies bed would be ideal.
You can find out more about Tuffies and their prices at www.tuffies.co.uk
The final word and picture must belong to Mina though...
|Who me? On my Tuffies bed? A 'dead' reindeer toy? Never!|
What's your dog's favourite place for a snooze - do let us know.
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Tuffies provided me with a free Tuffies bed to test and review. I have received no payment for writing this review and the views expressed are my own.