Treat your dog to a nice sleeping area and create a bed that provides support as well as a wonderful cedar aroma. Cedar wood chips, used with pieces of dense foam chunks, go a long way to give your pooch sweet dreams day and night. Another bonus is that cedar repels most insects, such as ticks and fleas. Whatever design you use for the bed, make sure it is easy to take apart and clean quickly in your washer and dryer.
Things You'll Need
- 2 to 3 bags cedar wood shavings
- Several sets of old pantyhose (or use 2 to 3 yards of thin tulle)
- Foam squares filler
- 1 to 2 old pillowcases
- Two 40-inch by 40-inch sturdy velour material squares (top and bottom)
- Velcro or snaps
- Material glue
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
Measure your dog while it is lying down and add about 6 to 8 inches out from the body. Your dog should rest comfortably in the middle of the bed. The 40-inch by 40-inch measure is for a medium to large dog. Sew together three of the four sides of the top and bottom square velour panels using your sewing machine or stitch by hand with needle and thread. Hem both ends of the last side and put the bed case aside.
Snip off the pantyhose legs and use the legs to stuff in your cedar chips. Thus, the chips are contained but the cedar aroma is allowed to filter through. If you don't have stockings, use the tulle instead to make sachet sacs that hold the cedar chips. Sew them shut so the chips don't get loose inside the casing.
Fill your pillowcases with the cedar sachets and with the dense foam squares. Pack the cases tightly, fold over the pillowcase edges and stuff the cases inside the bed casing you just sewed together. The casing should be tightly stuffed to give your dog proper support but still give enough for comfort. Add more packed filler in contained bags if the bed is too soft.
Add on matching Velcro, gluing its backside to the hemmed edge of the bed casing. Keep the case tight as you close the two Velcro sides. You can also use very large sew-on snaps, if you don't want to use the Velcro. Use enough across the hem to keep the sides shut when the dog gets on the bed.
Tips & Warnings
- Check pet and feed stores for the best price on cedar wood shavings.
- Build a wood bed platform with a raised lip to set the bedding inside for the ultimate in sleep comfort. Use a soft blanket over the bed and just wash that when necessary instead of removing the casing.
- Make two case sets, just like you would have two sets of sheets for your own bed. That way, there is always a spare case handy.
- Be careful about using any additional cedar oil because it could be harmful to your pet. Just replace the cedar chips when the scent is gone.
- If your dog has long hair, don't use Velcro edging. Long hair is likely to get hung up on the Velcro, making your dog, and you, very unhappy.
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