“ Manufacturer: Tuffies / Type: Dog Beds „
Our dogs' new Tuffies dog bed arrived today, and they (and we, their humans) love it! For the past couple of years my dogs have slept in plastic baskets lined with vet bed. Whilst the vet bed is great whilst new, and is easy to wash and relatively cheap to buy, it gets worn out very quickly. I therefore ended up buying new pieces of vet bed several times a year, which was proving to be expensive.
I made it my new years resolution to find a dog bed solution that was a) cheaper over a period of time b) easy to clean and c) would reduce the smell of my dogs (I was finding that unless I washed the vet bed every week the dogs beds would make my kitchen smell less than desirable!). That's where the Tuffies dog bed came in. We ordered the largest size of this bed, which comfortably fits both my labrador and springer spaniel cross. We have chosen the chocolate brown wipe clean surface - very smart and very practical. It looks like brown leather from a distance, so it fits in well with our furniture. The surface is wipe clean, apparently you can clean the bed with either bathroom cleaner, or hose it down outside, and then dry it down with a towel. Marvellous! The stuffing of the Tuffies is a futon mattress, so has the added advantage of not collapsing every time a dog clambers onto it therefore keeping your dogs off the floor and away from draughts.
So far we are all massively impressed with our Tuffies, and although it is a substantial outlay to make on a dogs' bed, I am convinced that it will last MUCH longer than vet bed or cheaper dog beds.
So we don't have big dogs, buy by gum can they chew!
Our two Shetland sheepdogs have jointly dismembered four or five lesser dog beds (and chewed a large hole in a plaster wall... heaven help us!). So after the last cheapo bit the dust, I decided that if this Tuffies bed would withstand longer than a year, it would be money well spent.
It cost us £50 to buy a medium sized bed, big enough for two small dogs to lie on side by side, and we bought it in a nice dark green colour. It was quickly delivered to our house and the dogs took to it straight away.
The dog bed is good and thick and doesn't flatten out with time. It is certainly washable (my two have been sick on it several times, not to mention the muddy mess when they lie on it after a walk - ack!) and has been a delight in that sense. We just lob a bucket of soapy water at it, give it a quick scrub and rinse it off with the hose! Job done! And it dries in no time at all.
Unfortunately, because my dogs secretly want me to suffer, it got chewed through three times. I was devastated. They might as well have just taken a fifty pound note and eaten it.
So I phoned the company who were very nice, but reminded me that the bed was not supposed to be completely chew-proof (They have a more expensive bed for that - I couldn't afford it. Sob!) but that if I took it to a saddlers, they would have a machine there that would stitch it back together in the correct manner to maintain watertightness.
I thought the customer service was great, I love that it's a UK product from a family company, I love the comfort and washableness, and I love that despite three assaults, it is still going strong and the dogs have given up trying to kill it. Very satisfying!
I have a large breed 10 month old dog and have been looking, for some time, for a suitable bed for him. He's not overly destructive, but is quite rough with his beds. He likes to play with/on them and eat chews/bones on them amongst other things. I usually find that most beds become 'defluffed' over time, so after going through 2 beds and couple of cheap duvets I decided to really invest in a bed for him. Tuffies were recommended to me by quite a few people, so I decided to take the plunge and order a bed.
The bed is quite a costly item and is available in four sizes. These are:
68 x 59cm costing £49.00
76 x 68cm costing £54.00
110 x 68 cm costing £59.00
140 x 92cm costing £88.00
I ordered the 140cm x 92cm bed, and delivery was around £12 which meant a total of £100 for the bed alone. Tuffies also have a range of covers for their beds, but I decided to order the bed alone first to see what it was like before spending more money on covers. The 'wipe clean tuffies' beds are available in 5 colours - green, navy, russet (red), chocolate brown and black. I opted for the chocolate brown colour.
My bed arrived in good time. The Tuffies website states to allow a week for delivery and that they use APT couriers. After 5 days (inc. a weekend so around 3 working days) I emailed them and asked if there was any tracking details for my bed. They sent me a very nice reply telling me when my bed was dispatched, when it should arrive and the tracking details which I could use on the couriers website. The bed actually arrived later that day by courier, it was packed in clear plastic packaging and was actually very heavy!
The bed has quite a few 'special features', these include a 'futon' style filling. There is a diagram on the Tuffies website showing the inside of a bed. The filling inside the bed is in long rolls and is tightly packed, this means that the filling can't move around inside the bed and doesn't go flat like many other beds. You can move the bed, even fold it, and it will always go back to it's original shape as the filling doesn't move out of place. The filling is entirely sealed inside the cover with no zips/access points. This isn't an issue as the bed is waterproof, therefore washable, meaning that the filling will never get dirty or soiled.
The outside of the bed is made of a waterproof material. This material is described my Tuffies as being similar to waxed leather, which will soften over time and use but won't lose any of it's waterproof quality. This material actually caused a little trouble for me. Although I love that it was waterproof the material is very tough, and quite noisy when it's stood on and tended to 'crunch' a lot. It was also quite cool to the touch and not the softest material in the world at first. All of these factors put together meant that my dog wasn't very keen on his £100 bed at first, which made me a little disappointed (I would have been delighted with it, it's rather comfy!) This problem was solved later on, when I purchased a cover for the bed - another expensive product, but worth to make sure my dog actually used and was comfortable on the bed.
The bed is also marketed as 'very durable' The website clearly states that the bed isn't classed as chew proof, as a dog/puppy would be able to chew through any material that can be cut with scissors.(If you have a dog that is particularly destructive have a look at Tuffies chew proof bed.) As I have a puppy who, as previously mentioned, is quite rough with his bed(s) I'm quite pleased to announce that the waterproof Tuffies bed has withstood his playtime. He has dragged it around the room (goodness knows how as it's very heavy for a bed) had a little chew on the edge (before he got deterred!) and jumps on it a lot like it's a bouncy castle (going back to the crunching and trapped air). The bed is showing no signs of wear and really is excellent quality.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my dog's Tuffies bed. My only gripe was that I did need to buy a (not so cheap) cover to encourage my dog to actually use it, which makes it even more expensive than it already is. Aside from this, it Is excellent quality and very durable - I don't expect to buy another bed for his for many years to come.