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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