Oliver needs a bed!

image_027.jpgIn light of daily bad news about climate change, economic catastrophe, and food safety issues, I am finding a pleasant diversion in searching for the perfect pet bed. As Oliver gets bigger, we find his presence on our bed less cute. When he was ten pounds we cuddled up with him like a favorite stuffed animal before delivering him to his crate with sweet words and belly scratches. Now that he’s 55 pounds, we find that the only cuddling that happens is between Oliver and our pillows. When Oliver joins me at work, he has a dog bed which he likes but has outgrown and is made from "conventional" fabrics and stuffing. Hoping to encourage him to stake out a spot other than our bed, I have been looking for a natural dog bed for the house, and have narrowed it down to these contenders:

Eco Slumber by West Paw designs: The retro design drew me to this bed first. The bed is made with 85% IntelliLoft fibers and 100% Intelliloft fiberfill. The company also says the beds are certified safe by Öko-Tex Standard. Machine washable.

Harry Barker Hemp Rectangular bed: The hemp cover is mildew resistant, antibacterial, antifungal and grown without pesticides. The hemp fabric is made with azo-free dyes which are non-chemical, earth friendly dyes. The Hypo-allergenic bed insert is made of recycled post consumer plastic bottles and are channel quilted to keep the fiber in place. Washable.

Bowsers Eco-Futon pet bed: Uses an "Eco-Tech" polar fleece and is "over-stuffed" with recycled fiber (the website claims that each bed diverts up to 20 plastic bottles from landfill). Washable

Bella Dogga Organic Grove dog bed: The bed is made of 100% organically grown cotton and kapok (natural fiber from the Kapok tree which is found in Thailand and Indonesia) stuffing. The design is made using low-impact dyes. Mold, odor and water-resistant. Washable.

Any feedback from our furried friends (or their owner pals)?

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