Bedtime Beauty

12 10 2011

Now that we live in a house instead of an apartment, I have decided that Hamlet needs another dog bed.  I just realized that I haven’t done a post on how we moved from our rented Denver apartment to our all-ours, owned and paid for (well, paying for) Denver home.  I promise a post on that later.  But back to the bread and butter of this post – dog beds.

At the apartment we kept a dog bed for Hamlet underneath the coffee table in the living room.  He loved to lay in there and chew toys or nap while we watched TV.  If he wasn’t in his bed then he napped on the guest bed (a human bed) or on our bed (also a human bed).  There weren’t really any other places to go.  In the house we have 2,700 square feet versus the roughly 800 we had in the apartment so there are a lot more places to nap and lounge.  Hamlet still loves to spend time in the dog bed underneath the coffee table so we have that set up in the house as well.  However, there are many other places in the house that he likes to hang out but there aren’t comfy spots for him to lay (we don’t have a lot of furniture yet).  The sun room and the family room, both on the back of the house, get good sunlight so they’re favorite spots.  Also, sometimes he does not want to sleep in our bed at night and prefers to make a nest on the floor.  This all added up (in my mind, at least) to the need for another dog bed.  Two dog beds would mean more spots for Ham to lounge and less moving around of the current dog bed by the humans.

The dog bed we have now is one I purchased at Target two years ago in preparation for Hamlet’s arrival as our beloved pet.  He likes it, it’s washable, and it was inexpensive so it works.  This is similar to the bed I’m talking about, except ours is navy blue and is from the Boots and Barkley line at Target; the classic oval shaped bed with a little cutout at the front for the dog to easily step into the bed.  But I wanted to try something new for the new dog bed.  I had read about Molly Mutt beds online a couple of times so went back to their website and did some more poking around.  Molly Mutt beds are described as dog duvets – it’s essentially just a dog bed cover.  The cool thing is that you stuff the bed with whatever you want – your old clothes, sheets, towels, pillows, or former dog beds/dog bed filling.  I like this idea because I know how much Hamlet likes to dig around his bed and fluff it up, moving the filling this way and that until it’s just so.  The Molly Mutt bed sounded like it would fit the bill perfectly.  Also, it makes the entire bed – cover and filling – easy to wash.  As an added bonus, whatever filling I choose to stuff into the duvet now stays out of a landfill so it’s eco-friendly too.  Normally I donate all of that stuff to Goodwill but we have some particularly grody pillows and sheets that are too disgusting to donate.  Now I could save those and use them to stuff the Molly Mutt bed.

Molly Mutt dog bed duvet with clothes, blankets, etc. as stuffing. *Note: the black mesh stuff sack is sold separately.

The one concern I had about the Molly Mutt bed was that it’s just essentially a big rectangle, no bolster-like sides to snuggle against or rest a head on.  Ham is a big snuggler so I really wanted something to fulfill that requirement.  Thankfully, Molly Mutt has now added Pillow Packs to their product line.  Pillow Packs velcro on to a Molly Mutt bed, adding a snuggling/head resting bolster-like pillow on one side of the bed.  It’s the best of both worlds.  And Pillow Packs get stuffed with whatever you want, just like the Molly Mutt bed.

Molly Mutt dog bed with pillow pack.

I found a Molly Mutt bed that was on sale – hooray for saving five bucks!  It’s the rectangle bed, size small, in wagon wheel color (rusty orange).  Size small is 22 inches x 27 inches x 5 inches, which I thought was a good Ham size.

Molly Mutt dog bed duvet in the wagon wheel color.

They don’t offer a Pillow Pack in the same color (I think that color is being discontinued, hence it being on sale) so I got a green and white lattice patterned one (the color is called title track).

Molly Mutt pillow pack in the title track color.

I’m decorating our sun room in orange and green so I think the combination on the dog bed will look cute.  And when the dog bed is moved around the rest of the house I think it will look just as cute; I’m not one for having everything match, so it will be fine.  But who knows, maybe we’ll love the Molly Mutt bed so much we’ll have to order another one.  I’ll be sure to do a full review after we’ve had the bed for a while and Hamlet has used it consistently.

Here’s the price breakdown of what I ordered.  Molly Mutt dog beds are sold in local retail stores so you might be able to save yourself some shipping if you go that route.  There’s a helpful store locator on the website.

Do any of your dogs have a Molly Mutt dog bed?  Or what is your dog bed of choice?

All images sourced from the Molly Mutt website.  This post was not paid for or sponsored in any way; it’s just my opinion and experience so far with Molly Mutt.




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