The bed of choice

Zoe 'n Me {a dog blog} The bed of choice | Jordan benShea | Santa Barbara, California

If you know me well, then you know the amount of research I do when preparing to make a big purchase.

This process of course follows through with all things Zoe. Since Zoe is my first dog I really had no idea what I was doing when I made the spontaneous decision to adopt her on that life changing Friday morning. So what did I do? I researched, and researched, and researched… online, offline, asking people at the dog park constant questions, read books, read articles, watched dog training shows. I did everything I could to absorb myself with knowledge of the best possible way to raise Zoe.

The first bed I got Zoe was the day I adopter her, I walked into PetSmart with her in my arms. My eyes were all wide and naive, the clerk told me I should potty train her in a crate (worst advice and totally wrong) and all I wanted was a safe place for this little being in my arms to cuddle. We left with her in the this bed below with her first toy a stuffed squeaky dolphin. The bed lasted about a year.

Zoe 'n Me {a dog blog} The bed of choice | Jordan benShea | Santa Barbara, California

So when it came choosing an adult bed for Zoe I will totally admit that the amount of research I did was massive. Here was my criteria:

  • Made in the USA
  • Therapeutic bedding (Zoe has a bit of limp from a small hip issue so I wanted something that would provide good support over time)
  • Washable cover
  • Made with non-toxic materials
  • Durable
  • Bolsters around the sides (Zoe is a big fan of cuddling up to a pillow)

Based on this list I narrowed it down to a few and then decided on the L.L.Bean Therapeutic Dog Couch. All the reviews were positive, and it checked everything on my list.

Zoe is not your normal 30 lb dog, she is much longer and thinner than most 30 lb dogs, so when the sizing said a medium was for dogs up to 40 lbs, I took that as not big enough for Zoe. So I ordered the large, for dogs 40 to 70 lbs. Yep. But the Large was not available for a few MONTHS.

Fast forward to three months down the line when the large arrives at my doorstep, and um…. it was HUGE. It was the size of a HUMAN loveseat. So that went back, and the medium came.

Next was the decision of where in the house the bed should go. My strategy was to put it where she could see everything. I had visions of her making this bed her go to place, an area she could feel secure, comfortable, her landing base and foundation.

She never got into the bed. She was totally uninterested. She wanted nothing to do with the bed. The bed that I had made numerous calls to question the manufacturing process on, read endless reviews on, and had to wait three months to be in stock… she didn’t want to lay in for three minutes. The fact that it was covered in a blanket my mom had made for me and sent me while I was away at college providing me with years of support, irrelevant to Zoe’s desire to like the bed. Was this whole bed thing a mistake? A mean a dog needs their own bed right?

Then one day after having the carpet cleaned I moved the bed to a different location while I put things away. Within moments Zoe was on the bed. Turns out she loves the bed, the original location was just a poor choice. Since then it is her go to spot.

She so loves her bed that the other day I was washing the bed cover and Zoe as you can see above didn’t want to wait for it to be put back together.

So all in would I do this whole bed shopping experience again? In a moment for the below image. The thing about this image is that her ear is down, and her ear is only down when she is relaxed and at peace. And this image right here, this is what makes all that massive research worth it, it makes the bed worth every single penny. Because I know she has a place which is hers, all hers, no matter what is going on around her, she has her place wherever we live, whomever is around, she has her Zoe place and it brings her peace. Zoe 'n Me {a dog blog} The bed of choice | Jordan benShea | Santa Barbara, California

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