Monday, January 11, 2010

A Very Inexpensive Simple Dog Mat

This past week even the deep south was frozen solid!  We had single digit temps at night.  Brrrr!
We have 2 dogs and a cat that live outside.  They however have a doggy door to the garage where they occupy an enclosed space for shelter.  So even though they were out of the elements when they so chose, it just seemed awfully cold to have to sleep on a cement floor.

So I went looking for reasonably  priced dog beds/mats for our 2 large dogs.  Well after scouring Target and Petsmart, that just did not happen.  See the problem is in the past our dogs have destroyed any type of beds we have bought them.  Laying out an old blanket is a joke too.  If they don't get it all scrunched up first, unable to lay on it, then they drag it out into the yards and tear it into a bunch of tiny pieces.

So feeling a little discouraged not finding something that wouldn't cost much in case they do destroy it, I had an idea.

I went to Walgreens and found these fleece throws for $1.99 each.  I bought 4.  I took them home and folded them in half width-wise and cut along fold.

Then I layered 2 pieces, then a piece of quilting batting I had on hand, then 2 more pieces.

Then I sewed all along the sides, then on top along the width every few inches.

This made a nice thick extra large pad for my dogs.  Oh yeah, the cat sleeps on it with them too.  :)
They are not pretty, but serve a great purpose!
The best part is since it is 'quilted' and kind of thick, it doesn't bunch up too easily and they have actually NOT chewed it up...course they are getting old.  ;)


kim said...

LOL--that's hilarious that your dogs are so destructive with their beds! Another idea, if that does eventually wear out, is to check Costco. We got a really big dog bed there that was under $20 (I think--can't remember the exact price but I'm thinking $18 or $19). Its a big cushion type so it doesn't bunch and is hard to drag arond. But, then again, our dog is pretty mellow, so maybe she's just too lazy to do anything to it. She prefers to just roll in stinky stuff to annoy me.

Deanna said...

Thanks for the tip...we are members of Sam's and I didn't think to look there!

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