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Leah Frances 05-08-2008 10:55 PM

I need a cool bed for my hot dog.
My LabX came from Newfoundland and is finding things a little hot here on the eastern shore of Maryland. When he lies on his dog bed - or the sofa, or my bed, or the easy chair - he gets hot and pants. Eventually, and here's the part where I'm probably being a little silly, he lays down on the hardwood floor or on the brick fireplace. Now, I'm not the sort of person who treats her dogs like children, but I would like to give/make the poor guy something comfortable to lay down on.

Any thoughts about a cool dog bed? I'm thinking about some sort of hammock or raised platform.

NateHanson 05-08-2008 11:23 PM

I hear you on the hot dog problem. Our dog is a Newfoundland, and even in downeast maine she acts like we're trying to cook her. When it's 68 in the house, she'd rather sleep out on the 40 degree porch for at least part of the night. When she's in the house she sleeps on our bathroom floor, because it's cooler than the wood or rugs in the other rooms.

Personally I wouldn't worry about it, because she's finding a spot in your house that's comfortable for her. But if you must mother her :) then you could make a hammock like I've seen my kennel use for smaller dogs (our dog is too big for their hammocks). They make a wide, flat box out of PVC pipe and fittings, and the bottom sits on the floor. The top frame has a mesh material attached to it (sleeves sewn in each side of the mesh, and these go over the PVC pipe). Makes a little square doggy-hammock with a few inches below da pooch for ventilation.

Leah Frances 05-08-2008 11:38 PM

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Hmm- I could practice my plumbing skills with the PVC. Our LabX has discovered the singularly southern doggie pursuit of laying in the sand under our porch - but since he was a rescue I do like to give him some cushy amenities.

DIYtestdummy 05-09-2008 05:54 PM

Make sure there's plenty of fresh water to drink. Maybe you could freeze some jugs of water and lay those where he lays. Give him his own space.

My weiner dogs allow me to sleep in bed and sit on the couch with them in the air conditioning. They have their pillow to lay on when we leave. They are my kids, spoiled at birth (I delivered them too). It's all in how well you train them. Dogs love to be your companions and they look for you to lead them. There's nothing wrong with what you are doing, Leah. It's ok to spoil them to a certain point. Treats and rewards are all a part of positive reinforcement. They love to take care of you if you teach them how, and you can reciprocate. You can cure behavior problems if you let the dog know your needs. I've almost broken and detoxed my father-in-law's fast-food-eating chihuahua in less than a week. I'm getting off the point, but you have to do what's in your dog's best interest.

Cats on the other hand...I've had good ones and ones that could not care less about me, except when they wanted something.

slickshift 05-09-2008 09:58 PM

Do you have a "Job Lot" type store near you?
Or a Pet Smart type store?

Both of those around here have these cool dog beds that are kind of like a simple metal framed "beach" or "deck" chair
It's a tubular frame that lifts the "bed" part a little off the ground, and the seat/bed part has breathable fabric

This is a fancy one with a covering:
(image courtesy of petmate cool cot)

Leah Frances 05-10-2008 05:28 PM

This looks like a project for my sewing machine!

slickshift 05-10-2008 10:00 PM


Originally Posted by Leah Frances (Post 122345)
This looks like a project for my sewing machine!

Seriously those pipes are just PVC (white pipes in the plumbing section of the hardware store or home center)
You could get a few feet of it, and the three way "ebow" joints pretty cheap

Leah Frances 05-13-2008 11:09 AM

My dog isn't looking for a cripple-chaser.

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