We don’t use crates in our home for the dogs all the time. We only have one right now, and we use it for certain occasions. When we have strangers over, Luke can stay in there safely away from them, and when we have any kind of construction work being done, Cricket can be in it out of the way. (When there’s noisy work being done Luke is happier down in the bedroom.) They are also useful if anyone is injured or recovering from surgery of any kind.
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The truth is neither of the dogs love being in there very much. It’s not that they don’t like the crate, they just don’t like being separated from any of the action; Luke especially wants to be close to us, but he just can’t be trusted around strangers because of his fears.
I need to remember to get the crate out every so often to be sure both dogs still feel comfortable in there and that they don’t see it as an unhappy place of confinement. When we got the chance to try out Molly Mutt’s new Sheepy™ wool-filled bed, it was the perfect time to get the crate out and give it a little upgrade.
I’ve always had flat crate pads in there, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, why not make the crate into an even more comfy spot for the dogs when they need to be confined?
The sheepy is an all-around bed, though made especially for crates. The wool filling is perfect for dog crate pads, because it is 100% natural (which makes me happy!); it’s anti-microbial yet chemical and pesticide free. Their wool is sustain-ably sourced from a farm in California. Wool will last a lifetime and it stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool is also self-cleaning; this bed will wick away dog drool, urine, and smell.
The Sheepy comes in several different colors, and I knew immediately that I wanted the bright and colorful “time after time” pattern, to help make the crate a more cheerful place. They have matching crate covers as well, so you can really dress it up!
The cover is durable just like our other Molly Mutt bed. Cricket always puts that right to the test. I had no sooner set up the crate, put the bed in, and she was over there scratching away at it! I almost panicked – I still had to take photographs! – but I remembered she had done the same thing to our Molly Mutt duvet and you could never see a scratch.
This bed is easy to keep clean. The cotton cover is machine washable and comes out looking just as good as when it went in (I have tested this with our other bed). The wool is also easy to keep clean, all you do is air it out outside in the sun.
We spend most of our time when we’re indoors in our open concept dining/living room area, that’s where I have the crate set up. The dogs have two other beds, plus our couch and overstuffed chair to lie on. Cricket especially has added the crate to her “rotation” of places to sleep, I think she is very happy with the upgrade.
We have a very large crate, so I got the largest size Sheepy available (big – 36” x 24” x 2.5”) yet the bed still didn’t quite fit our whole crate. When I saw the gap left I immediately thought of our bolster pillow that came with our Molly Mutt stuff-able duvet. It filled in the empty spot perfectly! I believe the big size would fit better in most large crates, however, we have what I think is about the biggest soft-sided crate you can get!
Another thing I like about this bed is that it is lightweight. While I love our Molly Mutt duvet, when I have it stuffed full, it can be on the heavy side. I took this crate pad right out onto the deck for the dogs. We like to sit outside in the mornings and evenings, and the dogs usually either stay inside where they’re more comfy or lay on the flat rug in front of the door. They were both happy and took turns trying it out on the deck.
The cotton material made it easy to brush off the dirt; though I would not take it outside if the deck was wet. However, Molly Mutt does make a water-resistant duvet if that is something important to you.
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