Caesar has always loved his cuddles...no wonder he wants to get in bed on a night!
For some time now, I've been trying to find it within me to spend over £70 on an igloo style bed for Caesar. As a nervous dog, I'd concluded that perhaps he would feel a little better if he was enclosed within a space rather than in the open. And, an igloo should stay warmer therefore he wouldn't get cold and attempt to get into bed with us at 3am. The beautiful dog igloo, details of which a friend gave to me after finding them a success with her own dogs, was made of faux leather and filled with sherpa fur. It looked cosy and warm and with only one company seemingly making and selling such items, the price would need to be paid.
Warm enough Caesar?
Today I decided to make a rare trip over to IKEA to buy myself a nice unit for the dining room. And, while there, I spotted something rather cool (and it wasn't a freakish cuddly toy in the shape of a carrot)! Say hello to this rather fantastic medieval style tent!
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Now before spotting this, I had spotted this other, rather mediocre tent, which, had I been anywhere other than IKEA would have done just fine.
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Cute little flag!
The bed seems a little bit bigger now it's in my lovely bedroom...
Inside the tent had more than enough space and I filled it with blankets, cushions, his bed and a few toys. I hoped to make it like a miniature bedroom inside a bedroom for the little prince dog!
As soon as Caesar had finished his tea, he came bounding up the stairs to see what I had been doing. He didn't know what to do first! He jumped onto the bed and then bounced off and landed ON the tent! After a short time, though, he realised how to get into the tent and ran in and out of it wildly. Then he took his new teddy in with him. And then, finally, he decided to lie down!
Caesar settled in his new house with his teddy.
I decided I would leave the curtains open to begin with just so that Caesar didn't feel trapped inside but, after a while, it became clear that he was quite comfortable with the house so, I climbed in with him and shut the curtains so that we were cuddled up in there together (I told you it was big)!
Finally, I climbed out, leaving Caesar lying on his bed. And shut the curtain. He seemed happy enough, though I have an inkling that he may still be keeping an eye on what is going on...
Has anyone else ever used something for their dog that wasn't intended for this use? I'd love to know your dog hacks! Leave a comment to share one.