Dog Bed

Here’s a super quick, cheap, and easy dog bed.  All you need is a set of standard pillows and pillowcases.

Sewing machine optional, but it makes this quicker.  I promise, those of you afraid of a sewing machine can do it, one straight line is all it takes.  Just pin the pillowcases together along one edge.

I put my factory sewn edges together, but it’s up to you.  Then stitch a straight line 1/2 inch from the edge, all the way down the case.  Put a pillow in each case and you’ve got a dog bed.  I bought new pillowcases for ten bucks at Target and used old pillows we already had.  If you’re buying all new supplies it would cost around $20.  Not too shabby, especially because this is super easy to wash.  Here’s Miss Priss enjoying her comfortable new spot.

If you don’t have a dog, your kids might like this for slumber parties or lounging around.  Just after I stuffed the pillows in, both V and E flopped down, staking their claim.  I might have to make another…

What kind of dog bed do you have?

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34 thoughts on “Dog Bed

  1. Oh, Amanda! It hurts my heart to read this post. I want to comment, but please know that my comment doesn’t come from a mean place. Kay? You and your reader should be aware that it takes more than one trip around the yard (or even one intense training session, or even a week of training) to train a dog reliably to an electric fence. Does she have a prey drive? A strong prey drive can undermine even the best training. What if she gets out of the fence- have you trained her that she needs to come back? Why would she want to come back knowing that it means another shock? Further, IMO absolutely no reputable electric fence manufacturer would sell their product to a pet dog owner without training support. I truly hope that this product does, indeed, contain Jack and that she doesn’t experience any negative fall-out from the punishment based training system.

    1. I too am left with a heavy heart after reading the post. I even went to the website before commenting because I have a cat and not a dog so I wanted to be sure what this fence really meant. I am pretty sure what “correction” means unless I am wrong. This is definitely not meant to be mean but I urge you to wear the collar around your neck and cross the fenceline. If you would not wear this collar then I would hope you would not require your poor, poor puppy to wear it. Dog hair and pets from kids are part of being a pet owner. Perhaps if your new home is not suited for a dog, you could find a new home for Jack.

  2. Amanda, I love that you did this post! I love animals! And my husband and I ended up with 5! dogs. Yes, I said five dogs. I know its crazy, but they are so well behaved that it does not seem that crazy to us. However, we don’t plan on having this many in the future (not that we planned it this time) = ) We have a fenced in yard. Our dream is it have a lot more land than we have, and hopefully we will not need any kind of fencing = )

    Type of dogs…check out my post at LilisNotes.com to meet them = )

    ~ L.

  3. I am also really bothered by the fact that you are using an electric fence and agree with the previous comment that if you would not wear the collar yourself, you should not subject your dog to such. It makes me very sad for your dog that you are torturing her in this way. I read your blog everyday but will likely not read again in the future.

  4. We have a traditional fence and for my peace of mind, I love it. Our dog actually got attacked a couple of weeks ago by a dog that got out of its electric fence. After talking to the owner, we found out that he’s actually a pretty friendly dog, but must have just gotten agitated after being left outside a long time and attacked when we walked by. The owner was actually not even home when this happened. So after that happened to us, I’m pretty sure we’d never go with an electric fence. Best of luck to you with this new fence and I hope you don’t have any issues!

  5. Wow, Amanda, I’m sure you did not expect all of this negative feedback. I know your commenters mean well, but I wish they would offer you alternative solutions that might work for you instead of finding fault with your solution to protecting Jack. I laugh when I read people suggesting that you wear the collar yourself to see how it feels because my husband’s cousin did just that. He put one of these collars around his neck and purposely broke the perimeter. He said it gave him a good shock, but nothing terrible. On the positive side of things, his parent’s dogs got shocked one time each, and never left the yard again. They learned quickly, and that’s why I do not see these devices, necessarily, as a torture device. I do not know whether I would use an electric fence for my dogs; however, after looking at photos of your property, I can clearly see why you chose this solution for your Jack. I do think that pet hair, no matter how much, is part of having a dog, and I think that kids and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly, but if Jack prefers to be outside, then it’s your responsibility to ensure her safety (and the safety of others) while she is out there. I see the electric fence as your attempt to do exactly that (create a safe environment). Is it the right solution? I don’t know. Good luck with Jack, your house and everything!

    ~ Liliana

  6. Hey Amanda,
    I really like your blog! One of my favorite to check daily. I just wanted to comment for the first time because I must say that shock collars are not good options for dogs. They can end up doing much more harm than good because of the nature of how dogs learn. This sounds dramatic and I don’t mean for it to be over the top but perhaps it might spark more thought into what the collar is really doing. You should test the collar on your own skin. Perhaps even your neck? So you know. For certain. That the shock to your dog (such a beauty!) is humane… But beyond that there are really well written articles about how shock collars work within the brain of the dog. Then you have all the information you need to decide whether the collar is the BEST option for your family.

  7. I am not a fan of shock collars or electric fences, but I also respect your decision. I’m not sure what I would do in your situation. We have a dog and just spent $7k to replace our deteriorated fence to ensure that he is safe. It was a lot of money but worth it. We have many other things to fix in our house that cost just as much or less than the fence, but we felt his safety was a top priority. It was also easier because our land is not like yours. I do hope you reconsider the electric fence as a permanent solution.

    I see from your pictures that the hill behind your house is steep. If you were able to secure your perimeter on the sides of the house with some kind of fencing, fencing up the hill doesn’t seem necessary, especially if if its too steep for her. Or perhaps you could do an iron fence that follows along with the small stone retaining wall I see in the pictures. It might not be as expensive or hard as you think if you can get creative or consult a professional. You could also try a dog run — one of those cables that attached to the dogs collar. It’s not the most ideal and limits her freedom to the range of the run, but it will keep her safe until you can figure something else out, especially if it seems she’s an outside dog.

    If she’s generally not a wanderer, maybe even some chicken wire with garden posts that you can cover with vines. Or some kind of bushes. If she keeps to you guys, any kind of natural barrier will deter her.

  8. wow lots of negative feed back on the collar I honestly think it’s your dog your choice Jack is obviously well loved and taken care of, but the reason I’m actually commenting is that is an awesome dog bed I’ve needed to purchase a bed for the past three months but kept running into the washes easily factor you have solved my problem. Thanks.

  9. I think that they are a good solution and a fairly minimalist approach. With the setting as low as you have it, it suggests good behavior and make the wrong behavior uncomfortable, not painful. Kudos on the fence!

  10. I definitely see why you chose the route you did with the e-collar. They are an excellent training tool when used correctly. Have you ever been to leerburg.com? He has some excellent training videos (I’m not affiliated with him, just like his site). Jack probably has a high pain tolerance (based on her breed), so I would watch her carefully to make sure she doesn’t get agitated; she could likely go through it if she really wanted. Also, remember other animals have free access into your yard (as I am sure you have already taken into consideration). Good luck and let us know how she does!

  11. I am a new reader & this didn’t deter me from coming back one bit! I really enjoy your blog! I didn’t judge you at all on your decision to use a shock collar. However, I hope you keep an open mind to some of the suggestions people have given you. It looks like some of your readers could benefit from being open-minded as well….
    Best of luck to you with Jack 🙂

  12. I didn’t find any of this feedback to be harsh. Yes its “negative” because e-collars are controversial and some people don’t like them, but every one has been extremely polite. In fact, I thought some of these comments were informative. I personally had not though about the fact that other animals can still get it. If the dog sleeps outside, that is something to consider.

    1. Hi Emily! Oh, I know you’re not critical, no worries. 🙂 The system does include a training guide and support. Honestly, Jack adapted really well. We got her when she was 2 1/2 years old, so she may have had the system before us. She’s a great dog, but Huskies are runners, even if I’m outside and she’s off a leash. But, she’s not concerned with other animals at this point. She’s getting even more mellow as she ages. Before the fence, I brought her outside, off a leash to test her. She stayed around me for a little while, then decided to wander off, going up the hill. I looked all over for her, but couldn’t find her. Came back and saw she made her way home and was sniffing in the front yard. She definitely knows to come home if she gets out. And she did the same when she escaped from the old chain link fence at our first house. Thanks for your concern and help. 🙂

      Hey Sherri, I’m sorry you don’t agree with the wireless fence. But, I did test the collar on my wrist before putting it on Jack. It’s a very mild shock, and I don’t have a thick fur coat. Of course I don’t want to torture or harm my dog, which is why we opted to use the wireless fence. It allows her the most freedom while still keeping her safe in our yard.

      Hi Liliana! Oh my goodness! Your dogs are adorable, all five of them. Thanks for sharing and hopefully you’ll have a big yard for everyone to run around in someday. 🙂

      Hey Stephanie, I’m sorry you’re bothered by our wireless fence, but I did test it on my wrist and it wasn’t painful, which is the reason I’m willing to use it on my dog. I won’t use the higher settings, but I do want to keep her safe. She doesn’t seem pained by it but it is enough to keep her in the boundary and away from the road.

      Hi Amy, That’s scary! I’m pleased to report that Jack has stayed inside the fenced area. I would have preferred a traditional fence, but it’s not possible with our yard here. Hope your puppy is okay!! 🙂

      Hey Robin! Isn’t she pretty? And she was well trained when we rescued her from the shelter. I don’t know why someone got rid of her. 😦

      Hey Liliana, You’re right, our property is impossible to fence in to a point she wouldn’t be able to get out. And, the hair isn’t the only reason we want her outside more often. She gets antsy in the house and doesn’t like how much attention Vincent and Everett give her sometimes. I’d feel awful if she got annoyed enough to bite them. I want to keep everyone safe and happy, and for Jack, she prefers to be outside and in her dog house when she wants shelter.

      Hey Courtney! Thank you for the information. I did test it on my wrist and it is most definitely humane. I’ll check out more articles to see what I find. 🙂

      Hi KOS! Thanks for your concern. 🙂 Our property is very steep and rocky, so physically it would be difficult to get a fence in there. Secondly, our neighborhood prohibits traditional fences because the unnatural look. So this was our best option to give Jack space to roam and give us peace of mind knowing she isn’t on the road.

      Hey Andrea, I’m glad I could help! It’s a fun bed and you can choose any pillowcases to match your decor. If the bed gets beyond washing, it’s cheap and easy to replace. 🙂

      Hi Joe! Generally, she sticks around us, so I don’t think she gets corrected often. She loves her dog house and she has a few areas she’s decided are her favorites and all are safely in her zone.

      Hey Janae, I’ll check out leeburg.com right away. I’ve been keeping my eye on her and tempting her to break the barrier, but she hasn’t yet. Fortunately, our neighbors don’t have pets, but she has been keeping the deer away. Haha. Thanks for your tips!

      Hi Jayme! I’m definitely open minded if this doesn’t work for us and Jack. So far, it has been great and everyone is happy with the arrangement. And knowing she’s safe helps me go about my day.

      Hi Jessica, I agree. Not everyone is going to agree on with our decisions. But we’re choosing things that work best for our lives, situation, and family, Jack included. Some people might not like our paint colors, others might not like our choice of fence. And that’s okay as long as everyone is constructive with their criticism. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  13. Wow! Just let me say that my dog whom I love dearly wears a shock collar. I don’t feel that it is cruel in anyway. She is a fast learner so it’s not like she is shocked constantly, in fact the battery in her collar is usually dead and yet she still stays in the yard. I love letting her out to play when ever she wants and not have to worry about her. I would hate for her to be hit by a car and the collar gives me piece of mind.

  14. I just wanted to let you know that whether or not I agree with your decisions I realize it must be hard to hear negative comments about your decision. I know starting a blog you are putting yourself out there but if it was me I think my feelings would still get hurt. I have been following you for a few months and you seem very down to earth and you (and the family) really can transform a space!!! Good job!

  15. Just popping in to say I love ya! I know you didn’t doubt it. 😉 Also, you know that I always sign my last name? Yup, just checking.

  16. Wow I had no idea people felt so strongly about wireless fences! My parents have one for our 2 labs and for the past 2 years it has worked really well to keep them in the yard. (They also have weird terrain around the house and a fence would be near impossible.) It has been a great solution for them.

    One funny thing we discovered is that when we have used the self-timer on our camera for family pics, the timer beep seems to be similar to the beep they hear when they are at the shock point on the fence. They freak out because they think they’re doing something wrong/going to get shocked! It was pretty funny! I’d be curious if Jack responds the same way.

    I fully support your decision and I hope it works well for you! I’m sorry about all the negative feedback. The way I see it is that there are tons of dogs out there who have NO owners, so any dog is pretty lucky to have a home in the first place. I’m sure you are great doggy-parents and people shouldn’t be so critical!

  17. Our nextdoor neighbors have 2 large rottweilers who look very intimidating to strangers, but actually are big sweet babies. They put in an invisible fence so they could leave them outside most of the day while they’re at work. The older, bigger male dog stays in the yard perfectly, but the younger female comes through the fence multiple times a day to play in my yard with my 2 dogs (we don’t have any kind of fence around our 2.5 acre property yet so we often get visits from neighbor dogs). I can’t figure out if her collar is broken and she’s not getting shocked or she just doesn’t care! So it seems like something that can work great or not so much, depending on the individual dog. These dogs both had many training sessions with the company who installed their fence.

    Our other neighbors keep 10+ beagles in narrow kennels in their backyard and never let them out, which makes me much more upset than our rottie friends having shock collars. Anyway, it seems like you obviously love your dog and have her best interest in mind. I hope the fence works out for you guys!

  18. Hey Amanda,

    We too recently installed an underground fence for our Golden Retriever. He’s almost two years old but has been staying in a pen at my in-laws house for the last year. Our neighbors at the time had a dog that ours would follow around the neighborhood, but sadly the other dog didn’t make it back home one day. At the time we were finishing construction on our house so we decided to house him at the in-laws until we were settled. My husband and the kids trained him for about two weeks before actually bringing him home. He now happily plays with our three kids all over our yard!

  19. Good Grief. I Read this post yesterday and it didn’t even occur to me that this was in any way controversial. I have had golden retrievers my whole life and we have put wired, visible electric fencing up to stop one of them from eating the flower beds. Once she figured out the wire was her boundary we actually just turned the fence off. My entire family went out and shocked ourselves (and I was 6) just so we all felt comfortable. We did, and it worked. It is your dog, your home, and your decision. I can see why this works best for you and I don’t understand why so many people are so upset. You love and care for your dog, that is why you made the investment in a shock collar system. If you weren’t a good owner you would just let her roam without care for her safety. Sheesh.

    1. Hi Theresa! That’s exactly how Jack is. She understood it right away and doesn’t seem at all bothered by it. I think she’s happy to be out of the house without a leash or a time limit.

      Hey Nancy, You know, these comments didn’t bother me. All were coming from a concerned view, not malice. I appreciate their concern, but we made a choice that works best for us and it doesn’t work for everyone.

      Hi Stephanie! Of course, never doubted it for a second. 🙂

      Hey Laura! Ha, I’ll let you know if anything like that happens, but she doesn’t seem irritated or afraid of it. Just a reminder to stay close to the house. We love Jack and want her to be as happy as possible. 🙂

      Hi Jennifer, What a personality difference. So far this has been great for Jack. She does seem to know when her battery is low though. Good thing Vincent is a busy body and sees her before she gets too far. Haha. I wouldn’t want her stuck in a small kennel, and this works for us.

      Hey Wendy! I’m glad to hear the system is working so well for you! I’m sure he’s happy with room to run and play. 🙂

      Hi Jess, I didn’t think this would be as controversial as it is either, but everyone is going to have an opinion. I did test this on my wrist and it wasn’t painful, just a quick reminder to stick around. Keeping her safe is important, and if we didn’t care she’d roam the streets.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  20. Hi Amanda! I am not pro or against your decision, since its your decision, I just wanted to share my experience. We tried this with one of our dogs (Pitbull/Lab mix- I know people are scared of Pits, but this was the most gentle dog ever) and the dog let out a yelp, so we did not try it on the others, since they were smaller and we really didn’t intend to leave them outside on their own anyway (Chihuahua and French bulldog). We ended up putting up a long run for the Pitbull like this one: http://www.unchainyourdog.org/Trolley.htm and the dog was quite happy with it! We secured the run on the house at one end and to the shed on the other, plenty of space, and we didnt have to dig holes, etc. So, if your choice ends up not working for you somehow, I would recommend this.

  21. Hi Amanda! I’m new to your blog and love it! I can’t believe some of your readers and their negativity to your decision. In my opinion, it’s much crueler to leave Jack locked inside all day cause she can’t safely be outside. As with anything else, remember that you, her responsible owner, decide what works for her and what doesn’t. Wish you and Jack all the best. 🙂 On a different note, I can’t imagine leaving a gorgeous new kitchen behind, BUT I’m excited to follow your progress into making this house your “home”! We’re just about ready to start a bathroom project too, our tile is so similar to yours, especially looking forward to that one! 🙂

  22. Hi Amanda, I was just curious if you have very much trouble with wildlife around your house since you are on the side of the mountain. I can obviously see by your landscaping that it would be very hard to do a traditional fence…and I imagine very expensive. However, a fence is not only to keep your pet in…but also to keep other animals out. How will you handle that? Is there not a concern of wildlife getting to Jack & spreading disease?

    By the way, I love your blog. So glad I stumbled across you. Can’t wait to see your finished house!!!!

  23. I’m a new reader of your blog (I stumbled upon it somehow) and I love it. First, I LOVE your husky. She’s absolutely beautiful! I love the pillowcase trick. I may have to pass that suggestion along to some friends. Second, I love your new mountain house, the scenery is breathtaking! Third, everyone needs to take a chill pill! Huskies adapt very well to their surroundings and are very well behaved dogs. I think you did the right thing for her protection. It would be a shame to ruin your beautiful surroundings with any type of standing fence. Rock on! no pun intended 🙂

  24. Hey there! I just stumbled upon your blog and love it! I have a random question tho… we have been contemplating getting the electric fence line like you have, but are concerned that our huskies thick coat will not allow it to work well. Did you have to shave your dogs neck in order for this to work, or have no issues what so ever? She has no chance of being free because if she sees a bunny, she is gone. So I am just looking for an opinion since your pup is very similar to mine 🙂

    1. Hi Heathergearhart! The fence system we got comes with long and short probes for long and short haired dogs. We use the long ones and the collar is adjustable so you can get it fitting perfectly, no shaving necessary. 🙂 Hope that helps!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  25. Love your blog. I’ve reading for a while. My sister-in-law has the wireless fence for her dog and it is awesome. We decided we’ll be doing the same for our house and dogs in the future. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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