A Dog Bed For Bruschi

Is that a Halloween monster at my front door last eve???
No, it's just this crazy mutt that likes to do werewolf impersonations.

A while back I posted some cute dog bed covers since this furball's bed was badly in need of replacing.

This fall, I signed myself up for a sewing class with visions of amping up my sewing skills, starting with a doggy duvet, and then moving on to things like pillows and curtains.  I have some basic sewing skills but haven't exercised them in years, and really need a refresher (like, how do I thread the bobbin again???).  But oh so sadly, my class was cancelled since I was the only soul to sign up (yep, I'm a dork).  I will eventually cross "sewing class" off my bucket list, but in the meantime, our Saint Bernard Bruschi has been bed-less for months on end, waiting for Mama to make him something snazzy.

Why a dog bed is necessary for us:

1) For the sake of our guests.  Bruschi's size and friendliness alarm many a guest when he rushes to greet them at the front door.  I need a place to send Bruschi when guests come over so he doesn't freak out our friends and family when they enter our house!
2) For Bruschi's mental comfort.  Obviously this dog has a massive fur coat, so I'm not worried about his warmth, but he is a nervous dog, and when a lot of people are in the house or the kids are being wild and crazy, he follows me everywhere I go and tries to hide behind me.  We tell him to go lay on his bed and we really think being in his own little spot calms him down (and gives me a little sanity).

Since he's a big boy, his bed needs a little room, so the "eat-in" part of our kitchen has become Bruschi's spot.  We've always used LL Bean dog beds for Bruschi and find them to be extremely durable (I vacuum the dog bed every day when I do the floors, and wash the cover and insert about once a week).  However, considering that this big ol' bed is smack dab in the middle of our house, I decided Bruschi's next bed had to be comfy and cute.  While this pup is cute, the bed is not so cute.

Finally Bruschi has a place to rest his big noggin again, and our kitchen has some cute fabric.
Bru loves his new bed!
 It's such a cozy spot right by the slider.

I bought the duvets from Molly Mutt, and I'm not affiliated with this company at all, but love this company's dog bed concept and wanted to share it with you dog-lovers.

Lots of my kids' old clothes are not in decent enough shape to give to friends or donate, and using them for a dog bed is a great way to recycle them rather than just throw them out.  Same idea with the old pillows that are no longer very comfy to sleep on….I just hate to throw them into the trash and would so much rather put them to good use in some way!!  Plus, the dog bed covers are really well constructed and seem as durable as the LLBean ones.

For the price of an LLBean bed (the cover and insert), I bought two dog bed covers and a mesh bag that can be stuffed with old clothes or pillows, from Molly Mutt.  I had saved three king size pillows to make a dog bed out of, and they worked perfectly to stuff Bruschi's new duvet.  They are easy to throw in the wash too, which is essential for me.

I opted to get a package of two duvets and a stuff sack, so I can change out the cover once in a while.  I chose the green one and let the kids choose the second one:
Both will bring a little fun to that spot in the kitchen and I think they work well with the gallery wall.  

{I'm thinking about extending the photos all the way down the heater seeing as our table is no longer there.  What do you think?  I'm in love with floor-to-ceiling gallery walls.}

Bruschi says, "Are we done with the photo shoot Mom?  I've gotta catch some zzzzzzzzzs."

Time to go raid the kids' candy….can you believe it's November First???


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I love that idea! I have dogs too and finding a good looking dog bed isn't always easy. Although I did see a faux fur ones at World Market last week that caught my eye. I wonder if you can just buy the mesh bag from your source - the idea of filling it with old sweatshirts and clothing is great and would be easy to launder. Hope you're having a great week, Lisa!


Dana Frieling said...

This is a great idea! Can I just tell you how much I'd love to squeeze Bruschi's adorable face and kiss on those ears?!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

This is a great idea and I love the pattern. He is such a cute dog. He looks so lovable!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh I can almost hear him howling now...good thing he's got a cute face, huh? :) Love this idea, I need to make a kitty bed and I think this would work great! You vacuum your floors every day? I'm such a slacker!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is a great idea! i love using old stuff that you can't really donate in there! and love the one you chose- the green is happy!

Traci said...

Your dog is adorable laying there on his new bed. I am going to have the check out this company, we go through a lot of dog beds here and I like the idea of using old clothes. I can't keep my girls off of the laundry, clea or dirty so I think they might like it.
Love the gallery wall and I think it would look great extended down the wall.
Thanks for sharing.

Kathy C. said...

What a great idea! And cute dog!! :)

pam {simple details} said...

Aww, he is such a cute guy and looks awfully comfy on his stylish new bed! Love the patterns, and YES
to floor to ceiling gallery walls, love them too!

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

Such a great idea! Looks very comfortable.
Isn’t That Charming.

Anonymous said...

Bru bru looks much more comfy! Nice choice of fabric!

Katy said...

Looks like Bruschi likes his new bed! And it's so cute, too! What a beautiful dog!

Val said...

He is beyond precious and his new bed looks super cozy!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I seriously can't believe it's November...gah! That being said, how cute is your pup??? Seriously, he has the most darling little face!! Glad he's got his snazzy new bed (c;

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

What a cool concept! He looks to be a pretty huge fan as well!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

I've actually looked at these covers before... super cute! And your sweet pup looks as happy as a pig in mud... or a dog in a comfy/cute dog bed : ) PS. I TOTALLY would have gone to that sewing class with you! ; )

natasha {schue love} said...

Awww such a cute bed! We get ours at Costco...they're HUGE and only like $20. Perfect for big dogs like Bruschi and Wilson! :)

Privet and Holly said...

What a great idea!
And what a cutie
your sweet B is : )

Our G-dawg is so
small that I can basically
use an old pillow with
a sham over it....she
prefers the squishy kind!

Happy Sunday, sweet girl.

xo Suzanne

Andrea said...

What a great idea! I love the fabrics you chose. I'm going to check out their website right now!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

oh my goodness, bruschi is the CUTEST!!!!! i think he might need a little bulldog girlfriend (wilma... hint hint) :)

Thanks for stopping by our blog. im LOVING yours - Ive just been visually devouring the appetizers :)