Nope! Not me – I’m sleeping just fine, thank you very much…

Well as best I can under the circumstances. Doodle #2 Mr. Leo has been struggling with his new bed.

In Harley’s 4th of July Highlights blog post, I shared excerpts from our shopping experience at the Orvis store in search of new pet beds. We decided to return ours because the subtle fabric I selected just couldn’t hold up to their “denning / nesting” rituals every evening…


Denning is just what it sounds like – your dog’s natural instinct to create a warm and cozy place to sleep IE: a den. Moving of blankets and pillows, circling before laying down, as well as digging in his bedding are examples of nesting behaviour. Your dog does not have the privilege of blankets and pillows in the wild, his bedding in nature would be comprised of leaves and dirt and whatever he could scavenge. Leaves and dirt do not hold shape like a blanket and you can imagine they are not as comfortable either and so your dog must move things, dig around in things and circle before he can comfortably sleep.”

When I purchased the beds – I rationalized as a “human” and gravitated to the “micro-soft” feel of the bed cover. I thought it would be comfy and inviting for them. They seemed to appreciate the delicate feel because whenever we were hanging out upstairs – they were on it…


On a few of those cold bitter winter nights I would add a blanket and watch them twirl around until they resembled a “doodle pretzel” all snuggled up for the night…


But the fabric was totally wrong for my boys, and the material started to fray in the corners where they dug. The store suggested I bring them back and they would help me find something just as comfy but a tad more durable.

After many “bed-less” nights the new beds arrived. Talk about surprised! Not them – me! Who would have thought, Leo would be unhappy with my selection.

Harley? Oh for him? Instant doodle heaven! He snuggles, cuddles, stretches out and gets his REM sleep every night…


Leo? Well that’s another story! He couldn’t seem to adjust well at all. The first couple of nights he slept next to it…


These beds are the same style, same size, and in the exact same location. It just has a different fabric cover and pattern!

One night I came into the room and he was totally MIA


I found him in the guest room…


Another night I tried to coax him to just sit on it and perhaps he could become “one with his bed”...


Later that evening, He went to yet another room…


I decided to leave him alone and allow him to roam. I figured eventually he would sleep in it, at least this is what I added to my nightly prayers.

You can only imagine my exhilarated delight (weeks later) when I walked into the room the other evening and found this…


They’ve become bed buddies – DOODLE-LU-JAH!

DISCLAIMER: I wanted to let you know I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post. Just sharing my opinion and appreciation for a product I trust and my Boys enjoy.


  • Tiffany
    August 12, 2013

    I love the new beds.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 15, 2013

      Thanks, everyone is getting a good nights sleep now!

  • Karen
    August 13, 2013

    Where did you get the beds? Mila needs a new one and I think that one will work for her. Thanks. She misses the boys.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 15, 2013

      They came from Orvis. You can either visit the store (the ones I purchased weren’t in stock) or you can order online. I think by visiting the store – should you order online, they pay for shipping! The beds are really sturdy and durable and the service from the company is outstanding.
      Tell Mila she is welcome to come and romp in the backyard anytime she wants.

  • sirena171
    January 12, 2014

    Thanks a lot.

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