“ Brand: Do Not Disturb / Type: Dog Bed „
I'm reviewing our "Do not disturb" dog bed.
This cost us £9 from Pets At Home last year and I doubt it is much more than that now.
We bought this to replace our old doggy bed which was past it's sell by date.
When we got our dog (Kizzy) from the re-homing centre we were given a dog bed by a family member which was kind of them, but I never liked it. It was a bit lumpy and floppy ,made from fluffy fabric and stuffed with Lord knows what. But it was given with a good heart so we used it and Kizzy seemed happy enough with it.
However two years on it started looking threadbare and that was the excuse I needed to seek out a new one.
I wanted a plastic one because I felt it would be easier to keep clean and fresh. So on a trip to Pets at Home we spotted this one and I found it ticked all the boxes for our needs.
It is plastic and measures 50cms x 30cms, and the sides are 16cms high.
It has ventilation holes in the bottom, which is a good touch and it has non-slip feet on the bottom which raise it off the ground just enough for air to circulate underneath.
It is totally plain and simple with no frills or fuss and ticked all the boxes for me.
The only problem was choosing a size (Kizzy wasn't with us), because it comes in various sizes ranging from a modest 40cms one up to a whopping 95cms one.There were 6 sizes in all. We finally settled on this size (50cms) as suitable for Kizzy and the nice chap in the shop even fetched me a red one from the store because the only 50cms ones on display were black and brown and I'd taken a fancy to the dark red one among the larger sizes.
***USING and MY OPINION***
We are very pleased with this bed.
I was unsure how Kizzy would take to it, so we put her old bed inside it for the first few nights until she adjusted and made it hers, and then I removed the old bed entirely and put her cuddle blanket in there instead and she is happy as Larry (whoever he is).
The best thing about this item for me is that it is low maintenance and much more hygienic. If it gets a bit smelly I just swill it out with warm water and washing up liquid and wash her blanket ,which is far easier than trying to get the old soft bed freshened up.
Kizzy seems to like it too and will often spend time adjusting her blanket within it to get it comfortable to her needs......funny to watch her doing this procedure.
Another thing she does is a bit odd. Being a rescue dog she has a sad history and she gets the blues occasionally. When she gets like this she takes to her bed . We call it her Greta Garbo mode, as in "I vont to be alone!" and bring her bed into the living room where she can wallow in bed for a day or so without feeling entirely isolated . I didn't like the old bed in the living room because no matter how much I washed it, it still smelled nasty and I was very aware of it filling the air with an odour. This "do not disturb" one doesn't have any odour.
I like the nice curvey turned-over edges to it as well, because they are comfy for Kizzy to rest her chin on. No sharp edges like some of the cheaper versions we looked at in the bargain stores and the curve serves as an easy way to grip it for lifting.
Nearly a year later and the doggy bed is still looking good with just the usual scratches and dings from wear and tear and no cracks or damage so we are very happy with this product.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. As long as you use a blanket with it. If you are VERY fussy and want to spoil your pooch you could line it with a soft fluffy pet-bed liner. Those were available when we bought our bed, but they were precisely what I wanted to avoid and they may not do them now anyway, but I'm sure you could buy one online from ebay etc if you look .
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful.~~~myloh.
We got our dog from a rescue centre 19 months ago. He was a young very energetic Staffie cross who didn't have a great concept of living in a home and listening to rules. We had a crate for him as his bed and somewhere to put him when we were out as he did tend to chew a bit. Over time he has adapted to our way of living and has become a good house dog. We found we rarely used the crate to shut him in it and thought as he was 2 now he deserved a big boy's bed. We decided on a plastic bed like my sister uses for her two dogs and thought we could add blankets or as currently a large thick old picnic style rug which he loves.
We purchased the plastic dog bed by Do Not Disturb from our local Pets at Home store. The plastic bed is available in a range of sizes and something that got us thinking when we went to look. Of course my boyfriend wanted the biggest one but me being sensible knew one it would take up too much room and two it needed to be a bit cosy for him, it's what dogs like. We opted for the 70cm bed, it always comes in a 40, 50, 60, 80 and 95cm size so plenty to choose from! For our Staffie Cross there is plenty of room and really we could have got quite a bit smaller one for him but he can lay out in this one! When my sister's dogs come round which are also Staffie Cross' two of them can curl up in the bed! We paid £17 for the 70cm plastic bed the prices begin at £9 which of course is the smallest one up to £28 for the largest. They don't come with any blankets these have to be bought separately but still I think it's excellent value as this bed is made to last for a long time. We have had ours for 5 months now and it still looks like new. My sister has had hers for 8 months now and they too look like new.
The bed is made from a hard plastic that I feel is very tough and would be very durable even to a chewer. Although it is made from a good hard plastic it is very light to lift. As we have wooden floors throughout the down stairs of our house we wanted to be able to move the bed around so on a night he can join us in the living room but have the comfort of his bed rather than the hard floor. It is a very easy bed to move about. The base of the bed has ventilation holes which they say keeps your dog cool. It also has none slip feet on the bottom which in my house is a good thing because nothing drives me madder than things sliding about on the floors!
One of the reasons I wanted a bed like this for my dog was I wanted something that could be easily cleaned. My dog isn't a dirty dog but from time to time things start to smell doggie. As we use blankets for comfort inside the bed they can be easily washed in the washing machine regularly and as for the bed it can be washed down outside when needed. It dry's quite quickly and isn't missed for a short time by our dog.
I would highly recommend this plastic dog bed as it is durable and easy to clean and I find it very easy to move about. Before we got our rescue dog we had an old Collie cross and we always got him the large pillow beds but as much as I washed the cover of the pillow it still needed replacing every year this plastic bed is one I don't think I'll need to be replacing.
I bought one of these beds after I was finding the duvet my dogs were using was sliding around on the laminate floor.
I have one for each dog and two in the conservatory now. They are brilliant. I put a single or double duvet in the bed for the dogs and they easily curl up in them.
As they are slightly raised from the floor it tends to keep the dogs warmer too especially if they are on hard flooring and the beds stay put.
It is also easier to clean around the beds as they can be picked up and moved easily.
These are rigid beds so taking them on holiday is a bit of a pain as they do take up a lot of room even thought they are lightweight.
They do take up a lot of room in the house but it is cumfy for the dog!
I have the "Large" size and this is good for Rotti, Shepherd and labrador. These beds make cleaning easy and keep the bed in one place. There are not overly expensive and if an old duvet is used for padding then it makes it even better value.
This is my second Pets at Home dog bed, the first one served many years but was a bit damaged from a voracious chewer, and to be honest, I really did not want the same old bed without the same old dog. No real reason, just that it would feel like something missing. I will say the old bed lasted over 10 years though so I will recommend this as a sturdy product.
When we brought home Tora, I wanted a bed for her right away. In a house with children I believe it is important for dogs to have their own place, where they can be left alone in peace in quiet. My husband keeps insisting that fathers should get this privilege as well ! So he was sent right away to buy a medium sized bed from pets at home, as staffies are a medium breed. Thankfully he rang me from the shop and said the medium looked a bit small, should he get the large. I am glad he did as by the time I put in a pillow and a quilt this just fits my dog.
The bed is listed as red but is more of a mauve colour if you ask me. It is a basic easy to clean plastic with high enough sides to hold in plenty of bedding and make a nice cozy bed. I do think most dogs prefer something with sides as it is more den like. I also made sure to find a quiet part of the house for this, in a corner near the radiator.
This bed is available in red, brown, green, blue and black. the prices range from £8.49 for extra small, which seems more the right size for a cat if you ask me to £26.99 for XX Large. As mentioned I bought large, and I find that only just big enough for a Staffy with bedding, and I do think you need to add bedding to these at it would be rather hard and uncomfortable on it's own. This set me back £15.99. The medium bed would have much too small. A complete list of sizes and prices can be found at Pets at Home website.
I would strongly recommend this bed, it is durable, easy to clean, good value, and my dogs have seemed quite fond of these. I also think it looks nice enough and do not mind it sitting in the house. I prefer a hard easy to clean bed and to just add soft bedding that can easily be machine washed to keep it nice and tidy.
I see this as an absolute must have item with a dog. The only way I could do without it is if I had a good plastic kennel or something similar for an indoor bed.