This photo popped up in my Facebook news feed today with the dog bed listed as ‘free to a good home.’
I’m not a fan of these beds. The heavy metal frame is an accident waiting to happen, particularly for older dogs who are slow to rise, often needing a stretch before they start moving after a good sleep. A number of years ago, I worked on a young dog who tripped getting out of a bed like this and broke his leg on the metal frame!
The theory behind these beds is that they keep your dog off of cold floors and out of drafts (draughts) and it may be easier to clean underneath with the vacuum or a mop.
In my opinion, a soft sided bed with lots of padding underneath is a better and safer option. I know many dogs who end up sleeping on double mattresses, too.
This free to a good home dog bed should be sent to the nearest scrap metal yard so that no dog is put in danger.
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand