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A(nother) New Bed for Jack

After Jack ate his Molly Mutt (a sad, untimely puppy lunch before he really knew any better), we made do with an on-hand Ikea floor cushion as a makeshift doggie bed. Jack mostly didn’t mind, and after a few weeks, he learned to accept his new bed, especially after realizing we weren’t about to shell out more cash for another large, pit bull-sized body pillow. And we loved the double duty action of bed-slash-extra-seat for friendly pop-ins.

But over the course of the last year, our little man slowly nibbled away at the corners of his doggie cover. The faded fabric was beginning to show it’s age anyway, and after misting his favorite hot spots with Grannick’s Bitter Apple spray and band-aiding the corners with a small stitch when necessary, we knew it was time to update Jack’s digs. Soon enough, I found myself on a mission to make him a new cover (with the help of a friend’s sewing machine and patience). Luckily, the pillow form was still in perfect shape.

The original plan was to purchase 2 yards of cheap-ish fabric, so if Jack’s nibble urges get the best of him again (and only time will tell), we wouldn’t be out mucho dinero. But when shopping for said fabric at Ikea, I stumbled upon this orange, velvety cover for all of 15 bones. With my selection of fabrics averaging at $8.99/yard, it only made sense to save my time and energy – not to mention I have an extreme lack of sewing skills and inability to add a working zipper.

And when it comes to Jack’s bed, no one ever said it had to be so doggone (oh, look at that) literal. No cheeky, dancing chew bones on baby blue fabric for us. Not that we have problems with spritely chew bones. But with a living space as small as ours, we’re able to incorporate the vibrant pillow as part of our already… well, vibrant decor. Because to sum it up, our pets and furnishings don’t always mix, but we sure do try.

Our little man tends to use his bed as just that – a bed – and typically for nighttime sleeping only. Because it doesn’t scream, ooh, I’m a dog bed!, we love that it has more than one use. During lazy weekends and early evening dinner gatherings, it still works double time as extra seating for pals, and the fun burst of color makes us happy. When not in use, we layer it under our coffee table, adding texture and depth to the room. It’s a win-win for us and the pup.

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  • Stephanie - March 18, 2011 - 9:30 AM

    Whoa. Ikea has dog beds?!?!? Where? My puppy loves to chew/tear up his beds…so replacements from Ikea would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 18, 2011 - 10:13 AM

    Hi Stephanie,

    They’re not technically dog beds – just large floor pillows, but size-able enough for our Pit! To be honest, I didn’t see the pillow forms the last time we were there, but they are still selling the large 26″ square covers. Perhaps you could grab a cover and stuff with old towels?ReplyCancel

  • Katie - March 18, 2011 - 10:20 AM

    Great find! I love the color and texture.ReplyCancel

  • Sara @ House Bella - March 18, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Love it! I have a plan to re-cover our dogs beds to match more with the decor…but it doesn’t change the fact that they are two huge beds for two huge dogs. And they take up a lot of floor space!ReplyCancel

  • emily @ the happy home - March 18, 2011 - 12:28 PM

    man, is there any way to keep pit bulls from chewing their beds? our guy loves eating at the zippers… we’ve gone through a few in his two years with us!ReplyCancel

  • Scott - March 18, 2011 - 1:17 PM

    Hey Emily,

    We’ve had relatively good luck dousing the corners with Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray as soon as we notice Jack starting to gnaw. It certainly seems to help. We also spritz the corners whenever we think of it – as a deterrent. Other than that, we make sure our boy always has a fresh Nylabone and he usually stays pretty happy!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 18, 2011 - 9:56 PM

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelin Seybert - March 22, 2011 - 10:06 AM

    Oh Jack! Our little doggie chewed multiple beds. Anything with a zipper is a no go for us. Now we go to Ross and pick up queen size comforters and fold them up for him to sleep on. They’re cheap and he loves them.ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - April 15, 2011 - 7:48 PM

    We love this idea and have been doing it too with our 2 big pitbulls. I could never find a dog bed we really liked, so we just got the really big floor pillows, and they love them. We also have a couple of the Ikea Rens Sheepskins around the house. We did have a problem with the pooches chewing on the sheepskin, but we trained our dogs to become non-chewers. I don’t know if it works with every dog, but it did work with ours. We wrote about it here: http://pittiesincity.blogspot.com/2011/01/dog-training-teaching-dogs-to-be-gentle.html
    I do love your orange pillow. Do you have other photos of Jack sitting on it?ReplyCancel

  • [...] in use, we tuck their “toy” in a drawer! And for Jack’s naps, we use an oversized Ikea floor pillow that doesn’t scream dog bed! 3. We vacuum several times a week, and we lint roll small areas [...]ReplyCancel

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