So an ad pops up on my Facebook feed for a cardboard cat bed. I’m not sure why it got my attention; our cats have multiple cozy places to nap, from a heated igloo in winter, to their very own chairs, official pet beds, and a summertime favorite: a cardboard box. Most of the places they lounge are up off the ground, so I was surprised when they choose to sleep in a cardboard box that we left lazily sitting on the floor of the garage.
Perhaps, then, it was the cardboard that fired off some neurons in my subconscious, motivating me to order a cat bed that I couldn’t possibly need. It’s made by a company called Katris, and is called a Katris Nest. It’s also $49.00 plus shipping, so for a circle of cardboard, it’s not cheap.
The bed arrived the next day, and Jim set about putting it together, somewhat daunted by the instructions that listed 108 pieces to put together. Turns out it was easy, and 10 minutes later, here was the result:
Seriously, I don’t think five minutes went by before I peeked into the garage and Nellie had settled into it. Note that the favorite cardboard box is now being ignored. Polly likes it too, she was in it later when I came back from working the dogs.
That got me thinking about all the places that my dogs and cats sleep, and how to advise people what kind of dog and cat beds to get. I remember a few years ago deciding that my dogs needed better sleeping beds, and being overwhelmed by all the choices.
What better question to throw out to all of you! What are your favorite dog or cat beds? My second question is actually my favorite: What are the weirdest places your dogs or cats choose to sleep? I still find it amazing that my cats, cats being famous for liking to be above ground, love to sleep in cardboard in the middle of the garage, where there is virtually no height, no privacy and really, no protection. Is it the cardboard? Could we all just save a bunch of money by giving our cats cardboard boxes to sleep in? (Though note that the Katris nest is the clear winner here, this is Nellie in it again after Polly left.)
And this is what I found last night when I took the dogs out for their last pee: (They had been curled up together sleeping until I bothered them and went back to get the camera.)
What about the dogs? Nothing new for them, because we now have four dog beds upstairs for just one dog (Maggie gets bedroom privileges while Skip sleeps loose downstairs). Three of the beds are from LL Bean, like the one below, and the fourth (not pictured) is a Cozy Cuddler. The Cuddler has a fleece-lined pocket that Maggie refuses to nestle into, but she loves lying on the bed itself. Or, as below, in the small LL Bean bed that I bought for Tootsie. Actually, all the dogs played musical beds, and right now Maggie alternates between this one and the Cuddler. She completely ignores, of course, the medium-sized LL Bean bed that I bought for her.
Then again, what’s better than a couch?
I’d love to hear more about where your dogs and cats sleep!
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: We took a drive on Sunday just to enjoy the scenery, it being far too hot to do much of anything else after 9 AM. (If you are as old as I am, you’ll remember when that was all there was to do. No TV, much less internet . . . Sunday drives were a BIG THING when I was young, growing up in Arizona.) On this week’s Sunday adventure we brought the dogs along just for fun, and I couldn’t resist popping them out of the car to illustrate that corn really can get “as high as an elephant’s eye”.
Skip, as usual, thought it was GREAT, JUST GREAT! Along with, “WHAT? WHAT ARE WE DOING? OH, WHO CARES WHY, IT’S FUN!” Maggie thought being asked out of the car to immediately sit down in the middle of nowhere was just weird. She accommodated me, but is undoubtedly still trying to figure it out in her head. Maggie the head case, Skip the, uh, Golden Retriever in a Tuxedo?
The flowers in the backyard are at their peak of color, and every day I try to soak them in as if to preserve them in my brain for the black and white winter to come. Have I mentioned how much I love color? And flowers? Oh, okay, perhaps I have.
What’s adding color and joy to your life now, and what are your dogs and cats sleeping on?