Guest post by Kimberly Gauthier, Keep the Tail Wagging

I’m a dog mom to littermates and there are two days each year that I look forward to: the annual BOGO sale at a local pet store and Black Friday. While everyone is at Target and Best Buy, I’m at a local pet store picking up a few must haves for our dogs and checking out the dog beds.

Our dogs are 3-1/2 years old now and we’re long past the days when they destroyed dog beds. But I still have the same routine which has resulted in acquiring 11 of the best dog beds.

How My Obsession Started

When our littermates were puppies, Rodrigo would happily destroy bed after bed out of boredom. Sydney would pee on them because she wasn’t buying the potty training ritual.

Dog beds are expensive and I needed to find one that was tough (for Rodrigo) and washable (for Sydney).

On my way home from Target and Best Buy, disappointed because there were no deals to be had, I drove past an open pet store. I swung in and spent less than $200 on 4 dog beds, a kitty condo, cat food, dog food, and some toys. I needed help loading up my car.

K&H Pet Cot cooling dog bed

The Best Dog Beds Have Purpose

After several years of replacing dog beds on Black Friday, I learned that the best dog beds have purpose. So now we have memory foam dog beds and raised dog beds for our littermates who developed arthritis early in life. Although they’re on an amazing joint supplement, we want them to be comfortable too.

When choosing a dog bed, it’s tempting to try and save money after you recover from sticker shock. But I’ve found that the investment is worth it because quality beds last longer. So instead of just buying a dog bed, we go for one that serves a need in our home.

We have two dogs who have suffered from joint pain in the past. So when I'm shopping for dog beds, I'm looking for the following:

  1. Size

    We have two large dogs who are about 80 pounds each and I look for dog beds that allow them to stretch out comfortably.

  2. Comfort

    There are tons of beds out there that have "memory foam" on the label. But when you feel them, the foam is very thin. I look for beds that have memory foam that maintains its shape.  When I press down on the bed, I don't want to feel the floor beneath it.

  3. Ease

    Our dogs have raised beds and I am interested in how high off the ground they are. I want them to be very easy for our dogs to get in and out of without risk of muscle or joint strain. It's important that our dogs' beds stay useful throughout their lives as they age.

  4. Cleanability

    Yeah, I doubt that's a word too. But you know what I mean. I want to be able to clean our dogs' beds easily.  We live in the Pacific Northwest and the rainy weather can wreak havoc on our carpets and the dog beds. I wash them weekly and look for beds where the cover comes off easily and the interior can be cleaned with a pet safe spray or through a wash.

  5. Price

    I do understand that, with my list of requirements, I'm going to be spending more than $25 for a dog bed. But I don't want to break the bank either. Price is definitely a factor in dog beds and I look for products that are within our budget and where the quality matches the price being charged.K&H Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper heated dog bed

In the end, we save more money by going with quality because I haven’t HAD to buy a dog bed in 2 years. But I keep going back. I just donate the beds I find to a local rescue group. Who couldn’t use more dog beds?

Kim from Keep The Tail WaggingKimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging. Kimberly is also the author of the eBook Standing Out in a Popular Blogging Niche. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend, two dogs, and two cats and is nuts about blogging.