I’ve bought a lot of dog beds in my life. A LOT of dog beds. And for those of us who unnecessarily dote on our dogs and tend to their every need (real or imagined), there are two major problems with most dog beds: 1) They’re a pain in the ass to wash, and 2) they’re never as awesome as your bed is.
We love having a home full of animals and have always been happy to have our dogs (and cat) sleep in our bed. But the day we went from three large dogs to four, our good night’s sleep fizzled into nothing more than a fond memory.
Particularly problematic were our two youngest dogs–Peaches and Buster–both of whom insist on sleeping under the covers. Really, nothing else will do. We’ve tried putting blankets over them and around the dog beds so they could cover themselves up, but those efforts proved fruitless.
Then, we discovered the Cozy Cave.
The genius of this bed lies in its dual ability to accommodate different types of dogs while requiring minimal care and maintenance from the owner. The Cozy Cave is made by Snoozer and is available for purchase on just about every site that sells pet care products. (I purchased most of mine through Doctors Foster and Smith because they have better colors.)
The bed consists of a big round poly/cedar filled pillow stuffed into a round cover with a sherpa lining and an extra section of cover that creates a waning crescent moon pocket for the dog. There’s a piece of semi-circular plastic tubing inserted into the top cover piece to assist with burrowing, but it’s easily removed and often unnecessary. So no big deal if you decide not to put it back in after washing.
There are a great many things I (and my dogs) love about these beds, but here are my top five favorite features:
The cedar-filled pillow. Even with some really stinky dogs, these beds stay fresh-smelling for weeks because the pillow lining has cedar chips mixed into it. And anything that doesn’t require weekly washing is a must-have rarity in this multi-dog household. Less laundry = happy human.
Easy-off/on cover. I have more than a few dog beds in my home that typically require me to stretch and carbo-load before attempting to reassemble them after washing the covers. Hidden zippers, tight angles and unwieldy boa constrictor like stuffing that send me into fits of rage and exhaustion. Which is why the Cozy Cave’s simple circular design and semi-circle zipper make me swoon. They’re also really easy to move around when cleaning. If I need to vacuum, I just stack ’em up like a big plate of polyfill pancakes and then toss ’em back when I’m done.
Great for different types of sleepers. These beds appear to be equally comfortable and appropriate for dogs who like to burrow and those who don’t. If you pull the plastic tubing out of the top cover, a dog can just as easily lay on top of the bed as he can in it. Our dog Buster climbs all the way inside and disappears. Peaches chooses to lay half in/half out, and our two older dogs like to chill on top. They even enjoy sleeping on them without the covers.
Cats dig ’em too! Cozy Caves aren’t just for dogs. And more than a few nights a week we end up with a game of musical cozy caves at bedtime that leaves one dog without a cave, while the cat snoozes away.
Major source of entertainment. When I throw a new cozy cave onto the floor, our two youngest dogs take to it like a pack of sugar-high 4th graders in a bounce castle. (See video below). And despite all the rough-housing and animal antics, they’ve never really done any damage to them. Little bit of dislodged sherpa fuzz here and there, but otherwise still intact.
I’ve done my share of shameless, unsolicited promotion of certain pet products over the years, but I can’t say we’ve ever had as much fun with any of those items as we do with these beds. Which is why we go so cra cra for our Cozy Caves.
Purchasing note: The Cozy Cave comes in Small, Large and X-Large (which is what we have). I’d recommend X-Large for any dog over 40 lbs. because it offers maximum maneuvering/burrowing room. You could definitely get away with a Small for a dog up to about 45 lbs. and a Large for 55 lbs or under. I originally purchased a Small for Peaches (our petite 45 lbs. AmStaff mix) but quickly realized that several of the dogs used it and it was way too small for Buster to burrow into. I figured we’d just give the Small cave to the cat, but apparently it’s too small for his ego.