Dog bed

This is for me??? Really??

As Monte has destroyed the big pillow that he used as his bed, I thought that I would make a proper dog bed for Duff. Yes I could have bought it, but where’s the fun of it?

After searching for some DIY dog bed on the internet, I found one via Pinterest that I quite like. Unfortunately the Pinterest link only pointed to the image with no explanation of the original creator. The watermark shows a username on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service. If you are the owner of the image, or you know who owns the image, please tell me so I can give a proper credit. This is the image.

The idea of the dog bed is quite simple but clever. Everything is in one piece, you only need to shape them by stitching some lines across. The walls are then connected to each other using ribbon ties. Of course this bed is more suitable for calmer dog like Duff. I use cotton/linen mix from my stash, it is an interior weight fabric with checks pattern. Duff seems to like it as he has already lied down on it when I was cutting on the floor. I recycled the fibrefill from Monte’s pillow for the bed’s walls.

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With walls up

The pillow form was made from Monte’s old pillow form fabric, filled with leftover fibrefill and cut-up fabric scraps. The case is just some old pillow case lying around. Maybe I should have made a matching pillow case, but the fabric of this pillow case is very comfortable and Duff loves it.

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Pillow added
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Now I will show you how to use the bed.
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You can use it like this.
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You can also use it like this.
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Thank you for looking at my bed.
Duff’s pillow

The red pillow is from his previous foster parent. It is made from quilted fabric with his name appliqued on it. Except for the smell, the pillow is still in perfect condition! No bite marks and all. I think it is so adorable that he has his own pillow.

Duff is such a sweet boy! He doesn’t bite, doesn’t chew on things, does his business on the right place (except for several times when he couldn’t differentiate tatami floor with grass). He sleeps on his bed in our bedroom at night and doesn’t have to be crated.

The thing is, he doesn’t know how to play. Maybe he didn’t have toys when he was living with his previous owner. Isn’t that sad, a dog who doesn’t know how to play? I threw him a ball, he looked at the ball and looked back at me excitedly, as if he knows that I want him to do something but he just couldn’t figure it out.

I gave him a chew toy (with tasty bacon flavor!) but he just sniffed it and then looked at me. This morning I gave him a food dispenser toy, he was preoccupied for sometime but stopped when the treats were all gone.

So he usually just follows me everywhere, sitting around me and staring at me with his adorable eyes. It is cute of course, but I hope he will be able to enjoy playing with toys someday!

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  • Lilly

    I know a little spitz who would like to sleep in a bed as pretty
    In fact, I’m looking for a tutorial to make a because I can not find what I want in specialty stores (where prices are considerably high and the colors are very ugly). I love the way you designed this bed for your little dog and obviously he appreciates.
    Thank you.

  • Soo amazing and lovely.
    Your dog is so cute, love him.
    I think i will sew a similar bed for my little Lia.
    Love your blog

    with ♥ from germany


  • emJ

    I once had a rescue dog who came from the home of an animal hoarder – he also had no idea how to play with toys. we would smear peanut butter on them to get him interested, and once that was gone, the “game” was over. I hope little Duff warms up to you all!

  • Cute dog bed, I really like it. Your new dog is cute, although in the US we call them ‘Long Haired Dachshund’ there is also a ‘Wired Hair Dachshund’ the simple Dachshund here is short haired. We had a simple Dachshund while I was growing up, and then had the Long Haired Dachshund for one of my daughters. I will say that the Dachshund were never as playful as other dogs we’ve had. Some dogs just don’t play like other breeds, my Rottweiler LOVES to play, ball, or any other game — he loves keep away but our Bull Mastiff isn’t into playing much at all — he is just a ‘love me’ dog. Just different personalities more than anything.

  • Sweet little Duff! He sure looks like he loves his bed! What a sweet boy! One of my dogs doesn’t really know how to play, either– he looks confused if you try to toss him a ball!

  • Michelle

    Hello. It is great that you guys are a foster family with dogs. I have an adopted dog, she has been in her forever home for about 4 years now. It took her 6 months to start to warm up to us and play. She still to this day does not understand fetch, but she sure like to rip up a toy or eat a cookie. She will play with you by nipping and jumping around. Maybe Duff will eventually warm up to your family if you have him for awhile. Good luck!