OK, people have taken time to write reviews that have helped me, now it's my turn. I have a 70 lb lab/stratshire terrier mix, two years old, and still chews everything when bored. We kennel her when we're out and at night due to this problem. We can't give her a blanket or bed in her kennel, as she not only chews them, she tears them into itty bitty pieces. I checked a specialized pet bed site that said its beds are pretty chew proof, but they admitted that for a serious chewer, their elevated pet beds were really the only chew proof, such as that ever is. I really didn't want to pay $150 for a bed, when I also didn't know if it would really work. I looked around and found this elevated bed on Walmart, for $24.99 for the medium. I wasn't sure if I could make it fit in her kennel, a Midwest 1542 iCrate Single-Door Pet Crate 42-By-28-By-30-Inch. However, $24.99 was a risk I would take. I got it a few days ago, and fit it into the crate through the rear wall with the back legs hanging through the crate's wire. Well, it's worked great! No chewing on it, and she seems quite comfortable. She's had little bare spots on her elbows on all legs from not having a bed before, which I hope with this will go away. The fabric is a bit rough, but no worse than the bare plastic tray she's had to lay on in her kennel. A less rough fabric probably would only be more chewable. The cooling factor is irrelevant to us as she's indoors. It can be hosed off if there's an accident. I'm hoping that she'll eventually get past the chewing stage and we can just use a regular dog bed, but until then, this is like a doggy hammock and should relieve pressure points. So, I'm glad I saved a $125 and tried this instead. To be honest, I almost bought the $150 bed as we were feeling so bad about her bare bed, so my good review is not based on this being cheaper. I really cannot see how this would differ very much from the expensive elevated bed, EXCEPT that they are specifically made to fit inside common carrier sizes. However, this little overlap outside the cage is insignificant to us. Easier to put together with two people, one to hold it and one to screw in the bolts, but otherwise simple assembly. It is worth it for the chewer in your family.
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