HEYDAY BED $89 – $169
I’m a little jealous of the people who can set up that one giant, glorious couch of a dog bed with their beloved pup’s name on it and expect it to last. At our house, we have resident dogs and fosters, from puppies to geriatrics. Our hard-working multiple beds move from room to room and go on vacation. An ideal solution for us is the Heyday Bed, which sits squarely on the nexus between incredible comfort and good-sense practicality.
This bed is unbelievably soft to the touch, with a thick filling that doesn’t flatten three months later. Its edge-lining bolsters keep a dog feeling snug, but this bed is not so cushy-thick that it’s hard for an aging dog to get in and out of.
Of course, a gorgeous exterior is worthless if it’s torn up by teeth and claws, and this magical combination of rugged-but-velvety microsuede can stand up to real-world dog life. That same material resists stains and makes spot-cleaning effective. And for those times when, say, the puppy pees squarely on the bed, West Paw says you can machine wash and dry the whole thing – though, for the large sizes, unless you have an industrial-size washer, you probably want to reduce the bulk and weight of this by removing the interior bolster. There are zippers on each of the short ends that make this possible (though it’s not quite as easy as it would be if there was one long zipper that went around more of the bed).
Have you ever bought a bed and then discovered that the padding was either uncontained by an interior cover, or contained in the thinnest of tissue-like covers that couldn’t be washed? We have, which is why we are happy that this is not the case with the Heyday Bed. Unlike cheap beds, the bolster is well-made and filled with a high-quality stuffing (made from recycled plastic bottles), so it can be washed and dried, too.
Every piece of this eco-friendly bed – “handcrafted” in Montana – is certified safe from harmful substances. Available in four sizes (S to XL) and three colors. –K.C.