The huge dog pillow
Out of necessity I decided to make an indestructible dog pillow. I didn’t win that pursuit by the way. But here is the path I chose. We have a huge English Mastiff – who incidentally is still not one year old. I don’t know officially how much she weights but I assume between 160 and 170 based on the way she pushes her weight around. You know those movies where this tiny little many tries to punch this huge muscle bound guy and the big guy doesn’t even budge?… Well that is Chewbacca Bayley. We can be trying with all our might to get through her, around her, by her and it is like she doesn’t even notice what we are attempting. Our pursuit is pretty insignificant in her world. Anyway – she already has a bum leg so we are desperate to keep her as comfortable as possible. So the natural choice would be a nice 3 inch cushion custom made pillow. Only she didn’t see it that way. I bought this piece of foam – almost the size of a crib mattress, covered it in ducttape (the indestructable part and hopefully easy to clean if she has an accident since she is still a baby) and sewed a cover out of the only upholstery fabric I had. If you have ever seen the jaw of an English Mastiff – actually the inside of their mouth – she has a ton of huge teeth just dying to rip apart any inanimate object she can. The pillow was no different. After half an hour she chewed off a section about a foot wide. These pictures are after I rebuilt it. Problem is I can’t give it to her because she will eat it. But no worries, the kids now use it for their personally cushion on the living room floor. At least it can be used for something.
Here is the pillow with the ducttape showing – look how much work went into this… It is a piece of art – she didn’t think so but I was so proud of the construction.
It is actually large enough for my six year old to sleep through the night on it if I let her. But if I let her – she will want to every night so for now – it is relegated to the living room floor. And just so you get the idea of size – here is our 10 month old English Mastiff with our six year old daughter.