With the Coronavirus taking a serious BITE out of a lot of people’s budgets, looking for cheap ways to make things has become IMPORTANT! One of those things that are beneficial to make is dog beds.
In the video below, we show you how to cover these beds.
The beds themselves are SUPER easy to make and super CHEAP! Here ya go, ready? Okay. Here’s what you need to do:
Buy two pillows (standard size at a minimum but not TOO long because they have to fit in bags);
Wrap EACH pillow in a white, kitchen size garbage bag and tie each bag (this is f0r added protection from getting wet);
Now, put both encased pillows in a large green LEAF bag;
Tie the leaf bag;
Wrap the leaf bag stuffed with the two pillows in a bedspread or comforter (larger comforters such as king size will allow you to put TWO stuffed bags together to be wrapped in order to make a larger bed–great for large dogs)
We purchase a lot of stuff from Big Lots, and receive rewards from them (Big Lots) for doing so. We purchase pillows and bags using the rewards to get HUGE savings 😀
We purchase the comforters from Goodwill.
There is a lot of anxiety about dogs attending daycare due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Though dogs carrying the virus on their coats (carriers) and transferring the virus to other people is considered low, the possibility is still there. As an extra precaution when dogs enter into our home to attend daycare or boarding, we are spraying their coats with a coat cleaner that is mostly made of white vinegar. We also suggest that when the dogs return home from being in our care that their owners clean their coats yet again as a safety precaution. Better to be safe than sorry, right?!
The recipe for the spray that we use contains a pure essential oil (peppermint) in a very low amount. The use of essential oils on or around dogs is quite controversial and opinions vary. We suggest that if you have any reservations about what oil or oils to use that you contact your veterinarian.
Some dogs have several allergies. For those dogs, owners will need to supply us with a waterless shampoo, spray or wipes to clean their dog’s coat with. We will return all products with the dog when the dog goes home.
As a general recipe note: You can simply just omit the essential oil and just use white vinegar and water.
The important thing is making sure that we’re all as clean and safe (as much as we can be) during this time of much uncertainty, as well as, keeping at least a six-foot distance between us and others.
Wishing you health and happiness!
Using a 24-ounce spray bottle
6 oz water
16 oz white vinegar
3 drops of pure peppermint oil
First, being a company that services people who work in a variety of industries and that often travel in and out of the country, we are trying to keep our exposure down to a low roar for the sake of our family, which consists of two disabled people (the particularly vulnerable to this virus). On this note, until further notice, we will not be facilitating Meet and Greet Interviews (where people can come check out our “facility”). Instead, we will be working on uploading and promoting even MORE videos than we currently have to include: what we look like, where the dogs sleep, how we operate, how many dogs we accept at once, what our home looks like, where the pack plays and so much more!
Videos will also be seen on our Facebook page, as well as, our YouTube channel, which we encourage everyone to like, share and subscribe to if you like the content. Who knows? We may feature YOUR pup in one of the videos!
Second, for those of you who have pups that are engaging in playtime away from home — at a dog park or even in a daycare such as ours — one way to keep your pup’s coat clean is to have a waterless dog shampoo or coat wipes handy. When they arrive home after playing, just wipe down their coat or give them a quick, waterless bath with the foam shampoo. It’s just an extra measure that will hopefully give you some peace of mind.
Third, people’s schedules are changing rapidly. They are being forced to cancel vacations, they’re losing their jobs, they’re having to stay home to watch their kids as the schools are closed and on and on. If you have a boarding reservation with us and you need to cancel, that is quite all right! We will NOT be charging people cancellation fees. Please give us at least a 48-hour cancellation notice if you can. We would really appreciate it!
We hope that you can ride out this season happy and well — finding ways to create opportunities out of whatever challenges arise. If you get a little extra time off, enjoy it with your fur-kids who we’re sure we’ll thank you for it.
God bless and let us know if you have any questions or concerns! We’d love to hear from you <3
If you’re like me, you have one to a few pups (or kitties for that matter) who love to sleep on comfy, cushy beds but that’s only AFTER they’ve pawed and kneaded it to their liking to make it that just-right bed they’re wanting at that moment. All of that kneading and pawing, however, makes the beds wear out so much faster and dog beds are expensive! The cheapest I have ever found was at Costco (maybe Big Lots, too, if they’re having a great sale on them at the time). Costco’s beds at $20 a bed isn’t a bad price (especially for the large beds) but when you board dogs, you have a tendency to go through beds faster than the average dog owner =/ Because I am in no way a crafty, domestic diva, I was searching for DIY (do-it-yourself) version (preferably with no sewing involved) of making cheap dog beds. And, I found it! Woot hoot!
Most of us have some relatively tired pillows lying around the house. Some of our pillows are so old that we oughta just give ‘em a name and adopt ‘em into the family by now BUT now there’s a way to save them and allow them to have one more usual application before they go into pillow heaven.
You can also have so much fun dressing them up, too, with photos of your fur-kids scanned on to the fleece (a little more expensive mind you but they would make cute Christmas gifts for your friends that have fur-kids)! The types of bed and decorating ideas are endless as well. You can create a dog bed for every season, waterproof interior lining (sewing is probably required here) for making waterproof beds, Holiday decorated beds with little balls toys tied into the fringe (cats would LOVE these!), etc. There are so many possibilities!
Check out the following blog from The Undomesticated Wife for a DIY dog bed that doesn’t require sewing!
Link in case the one above doesn’t work: http://theundomesticatedwife.blogspot.com/2009/07/recycle-old-pillows-no-sew-dog-bed-or.html