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Why We Got Pedro His Own Doggie Couch

Updated on October 5, 2015
Even as a puppy, Pedro took up the whole sofa
Even as a puppy, Pedro took up the whole sofa
When he first arrived, Pedro the size of a small deer, folded himself into the basket vacated by our two previous foster dogs
When he first arrived, Pedro the size of a small deer, folded himself into the basket vacated by our two previous foster dogs
I made him his own foam dog bed with lots of stretching space, warmth and softness against the ceramic tile floor in Spain
I made him his own foam dog bed with lots of stretching space, warmth and softness against the ceramic tile floor in Spain

Hello There, VivBounty here with the how we got our large dog, Pedro off the sofas where he was taking up the space of an adult or 2 small children. We didn't want him to feel unloved, so we eventually got him his own doggie couch.

When we rescued Pedro in Spain, he was 5 months old. He has a very timid, loveable nature, much like my husband. Having cats and dogs all his life, he believes there's no point having a pet if it's not part of your family and that includes cuddles on the bed and the sofa.

The ceramic tile in our home on Spain was hard. In the winter we had area rugs down which we rolled up to store for summer. Pedro arrived to find a small basket left behind by our foster dogs which he promptly tried to fit into.

My hubby's welcoming words were "Come and sit up here with your dad", patting the sofa and our fate was sealed. I knew he would end up in our bed eventually at this rate so I made him his own out of foam and an old bed sheet right away, keeping the blanket from the now chewed up basket. Pedro was always on the sofa, thanks to his dad who thought all his pets should be on the sofa with him.

When Pedro was 7 months old, my mother and sister came to visit for 3 weeks. This is when we really needed a large lounger dog pet bed. My mother is not a pet person per se, and my sister has periodic allergies to pets, dust, smoke and the like, depending on the intensity of the situation. Back in the tropics where we grew up pets remained outside and if they came in the house, they certainly didn't lounge on the furniture, and although loved and treated with kindness, they kept to the floor or on rugs.

My family tolerated this dog on the sofa but Mum was not comfortable. We had the sofas cleaned before they came and put covers on them to pull away as Pedro got on and off. I shook the sofa covers outside on the patio, washed them regularly but they just were not pet people and not used to sharing the couch with pets. Then on occasion my sister's eyes would get irritated. It was a stressful 3 weeks for all, but we made it through.

In transit with Pedro the dog for 14 weeks in the UK staying with in-laws who had a cat and huge leather sofas, again he was invited up onto them for cuddles and naps. This family was not at all fussed about the animals on the furniture. In fact our niece, when she was a teenager, used their mini poodle as a bed warmer. There didn't seem any point in bothering about buying a dog pet bed as in the history of this family, their pets never needed beds of their own.

Not just a bed
Not just a bed
This is a large lounger dog bed
This is a large lounger dog bed
Now he shares it with almost 4-month-old kitten, Scampy
Now he shares it with almost 4-month-old kitten, Scampy

When we arrived to set up our new home in Canada and opted for the sensible leather living room furniture to eliminate the dog fur battle at least above the floors.

We also got wise and lucky with a good deal on a car with leather unholstery as the previous one had black fabric interior causing me endless stress with Pedro's white fur. When visitors were coming, not only did I have to de-fur the house, the car had to be done too and with the with my in-laws pet culture differing so greatly from my own family, help and understanding was scanty, to say the least.

This relocation with our now 85 lb dog to Canada was going do be done right if I had anything to do with it. I wanted him to be comfortable as he ages, and as we were not carpeting the main floor, again because of pet hair, the only solution was to get him a large lounger dog pet bed or doggie sofa as I call it. This would keep us all comfortable and Pedro the dog off the people couch.

Mum's first visit to our home in Canada was a great success. She was ecstatic that the dog was not on the couch anymore, saying things like "Nanny loves you Pedro". And as you can see, Pedro loves his own doggie couch. I guess this is the key to a happy traveling dog; make him comfy no matter where he lays his head.

Prosperous Blessings,

Fantastic Travel

When your dog, like ours, never stops shedding


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    • VivBounty profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      Hello there TrudyVan. Thank you for your comment. Made 22 hubs and still aiming for 30 even though life and family sidetracked me and didn't make it within 30 days. Pedro is now off the furniture, thank goodness.

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      TrudyVan Curre 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Hello there VivBounty. Doggie couches. What a really cool idea. Thank You for sharing.


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