IMPORTANT: If you’re considering buying a dog bed for your Mastiff (and I strongly suggest you do), please read below for a strong recommendation from me..
I have been buying dog beds for my dogs for over forty years – if there is a dog bed out there I have used it ~ or should I say my dogs have used it. Considering the number of dog beds that I have purchased over the years I should be considered a dog bed expert.
Having 200 pound dogs lie on a dog bed is a definite stress test for a dog bed, and none of them have ever really impressed me until now. None of them have lasted very long – they always squash down – even the baby mattresses have not lasted. This might be because baby mattresses are not designed for 200 pound babies.
Besides being compressed to a point where they were not very resilient, the covers have torn and were made cheaply. It seems that most companies are outsourcing their beds’ manufacture to other countries, resulting in cheaply made dog beds that don’t last. The expensive, specially designed “orthopedic” foam beds were not what they were advertised to be. The foam is not heavy enough for a giant breed dog. It is 7”-8” thick as advertised, but squashed right down right away, having lots of air cells with insufficient support. It seems to me that dog bed manufacturing has always been all about the money and profit, with disregard for the quality of the item produced.
My dogs were still sleeping on the couch – and I have been buying a new couch every few years... very expensive.
I was recently contacted by a small company named Big Barker who claimed to have the perfect dog bed for Mastiffs (and other big dogs). They asked if they should ship me a bed so I could put it through some abuse with my own dogs and let people know my thoughts.
After getting my hands on the bed, my thoughts are… FINALLY! ~ a dog bed that my dogs prefer over my couch, and I understand why. I tried it out myself and the supportive comfort is unbelievable.
The Big Barker Dog Bed is very well made. It has been designed to support heavy, giant breed dogs. The foam filling consists of three layers of special American made foam, sandwiched together to produce the perfect combination of comfort and support. I am not a foam expert, but I know comfort when I feel it, and so do the dogs. The difference is noticeable immediately - and the bed is guaranteed not to compress down for ten years. Ten years – WooHoo! I am going to save a ton of money buying all of those inferior dog beds, and my dogs are going to be much happier.
The cover is made of really nice, strong material and very easy on the eyes. It is machine washable and does not shrink – the only negative was trying to decide which color to order it in, as it comes in several colors.
I am now winning the game of musical couches – because my dogs actually prefer their new bed to the couch. Yes, they look at me and tell me “You guys can have the couch now – I have my own couch and it is a lot more comfortable than yours~!”
Please go to http://www.bigbarker.com to read more about these dog beds and to order one. Shipping is free too, making the price of these beds very reasonable. They do cost more than the average dog bed (although not any more than the “orthopedic foam” ones) , but over the course of a year you will save a bundle in buying inferior beds that do not last, and over the course of ten years – nuff said. When you see the quality of these dog beds – made in the USA – you will be very pleased.
Linda Greeson Rice
The Mastiff Sweet Spot