“ Brand: Willkinson's / Type: Dog Beds „
Wilko plastic dog bed.
We bought our black Labrador cross Max a large plastic bed from Wilko, we opted for the large one as we have found that he refuses to use smaller ones even though he curls up really small when asleep. We got a red one to match our front room which is where we had planned to put it. Although they do have other colours available including blue and black. We paid around £14.00 for it and I thought that this was fantastic value considering how robust this is. We bought a large cushion designed to fit in the bottom for about £9.00 as without it the bed would be very uncomfortable but you could use blankets for this purpose, I use blankets when the cushion are in the wash. There are various sizes available to buy making it ideal for all sizes of dogs, but the large seemed the best to suit Maxis needs.
It seemed perfect, easy to clean, I regularly clean it with a cloth and Dettol and it cleans up lovely as it is a simple plastic design with ventilation holes in the base. The cushion I chose is machine washable. So it seemed perfect. Although Max wasn't as impressed as he used to take out the cushion and lay on it separately. I'm not sure if it was because of the sides, as his previous bed didn't have them, or because of its size, but he wouldn't settle. I hid treats under the cushion; put his favourite toys into the bed. Nothing worked, and I didn't want to pay out for another size when he was very contented with the cushion.
It is now used by the cats who thoroughly appreciate it, and I have had to buy another cushion for max to sleep on. It is a great design and I would recommend it but it didn't do what I hoped but it is still used regularly by my two cats. The dimensions are about 26cm in height, 89cm in width and 59cm in depth which is very generous. You can order these online at www.wilkinsonplus.com and have them delivered for an additional £3.95 which is excellent; however I bought them in store.
As a lot of people who read my reviews regulary will know, I have four dogs. They are all really sociable and like to sleep on my bed or on the sofa snuggled up together, however my chocolate labrador Pip started becoming quite grumpy when she hit the age of about 3, and ever since she's always wanting her own space. She started to act quite strangely and would sit in the corner of the room groaning or run off upstairs. Because of this we decided about a year ago to buy her a simple dog bed to go in the living room in a corner where she could go to relax and be alone but still be part of the family environment rather than upstairs in the dog cage we have or on my bed on her own (the other dogs stay downstairs until everyone in the house goes to bed).
We ended up getting a plastic dog bed from Wilkinsons about a year ago now on the off chance - I spotted it and thought it'd be ideal - it was nice and simple. My mum bought it and paid £13.99 for it which I think is a good price and the current price is still £13.99. There was a range of brands and styles but this is the wilkinson's own brand. We bought this as it seemed the most durable - the others were fluffy or mattresses and my dogs would tear a soft bed to bits within half an hour. There were a variety of sizes including small, medium and large so there's a size for every breed of dog and we got the large.
The measurements for the large bed are as follows - 26cm high, 89cm wide and 59cm deep. The measurements for the other sizes are easily accesible and can be viewed on the Wilkinson's website incase anyone is interested. The bed is plenty big enough to fit a folded up duvet in and all of my dogs including my husky are able to fit in it, although admittedly it is a bit of a squeeze for him, bless him! It's the perfect size for a large labrador though like Pip and she fits snuggly inside the bed with her head touching one end and her bum touching the other. She normally sleeps in the fetle position in this bed and you can tell she feels secure and happy when in it.
The bed is available in a range of colours including blue, red and black. We have a creamy beige wallpaper in our living room and opted for black as it was the most simplistic and it didn't clash with the decor, it doesn't stand out and it looks quite neat tucked away in the corner of the room. It gives Pip her own space away from the other dogs and although they often nip in it to sniff around for treats, it is definietly Pip's little space. The bed is made of a very durable, thick plastic and although it's large it isn't too heavy. It's not too bulky either and washing it is quite easy as it's smooth plastic, however if it gets mud on it you need to wash it straightaway while the mud is still wet else it seriously takes ages to get dry mud off!!
These dog beds overall are a bargain. Pip loves hers and it's still in good condition apart from some minor chew marks! Very affordable and great value for money; 5/5.