Is This $100+ Dog Bed Worth It?
We — I mean my pug Oskar — road-tested this high-tech dog bed to see if it was worth the green to keep him cool and happy.
How discriminating can a dog be? They eat, they sleep, they play, they take walks, they beg for table scraps — their lives are relatively simple. They aren't the kind of consumers to demand 400-thread-count sheets or a face mask that combats dry skin without clogging pores.
But we love them with all our hearts and would do anything to please these gorgeous creatures whose only real "job" in life seems to be to adore us. Hence the booming pet-happiness industry and the emergence of a semi-pricey (starting at $124 — on sale) dog bed from Layla Sleep. (Layla Sleep's Labor Day sale lasts through September 10, so get your pet bed at a discount now.)
Made with the same quality products as their mattresses, the Layla Sleep Pet Bed professes to give your dog the most comfortable sleep, too. The Pet Bed is made with copper-infused memory foam to help cool dogs down as they come in from the heat (an especially good feature for a prone-to-overheat pug living in Atlanta) and is also flippable with both a soft and firm side to cater to your dog's needs.
From my own road test, I can affirm that the Pet Bed is a winner with my pug, Oskar, but also a source of joy for my cat, Nathaniel; they both vie for time wrapped in the bed's cozy embrace.
The whole work-from-home phenomenon has made my home office couch the top cuddle destination for both Oskar and Nathaniel. But the Pet Bed has — thankfully — lured them away from their barnacle status snuggled up at my side where their hot breath and warm bodies don't always enhance my workday. Instead, they now occupy a close — but not too close — bed at my feet.
The bed comes in small, medium (a good size for a semi-chubby pug like Oskar so he can stretch out) and large sizes; the large is $234.
For hygiene sticklers, both the insert mattress and the exterior of the bed are removable for easy washing so the bed won't become a germ and saliva magnet. Washing in the machine in cold water and tumble drying on low heat are recommended.
And for those who care about style, the Pet Bed is a classic charcoal-gray square that fits in well with both traditional and modern design schemes.