New Chew

Doodle is a stress chewer, not destructive but with marrow bones or occasionally cow hooves. After doing a bunch of research I decided to get her a deer antler, specifically a large (6-8″) from Heartland Antlers on Amazon:

She wasn’t sure what to make of it at first:

But then figured out it was something to chew on:


She ended up taking it into the playhouse and fell asleep:

Not sure if that was boredom with the antler or simply fatigue but I decided to soak it in broth:

I’ll let it cool overnight and see what she thinks of it tomorrow.



Big Barker!

Big Barker!

Teddy will start sleeping in my room after the youngest daughter goes to college in August. After having two knee surgeries in approximately six months and most likely more in his future (‘wonky legs train wreck’) I wanted to get the best orthopedic dog bed I could find. Hours of research later I decided on a Big Barker, specifically the headrest edition in size large.

These beds get absolutely fantastic reviews, 94% five star on Amazon, and actually come with a 10 year warranty. I placed the order on June 18 and it arrived today.

sooo much plastic wrap!

bag underneath the wrap

starts to decompress very quickly

The last two photos were taken 45 minutes after unpackaging. With compression the beds need 12 to 24 hours to reach full thickness and size; I’ll definitely be updating with more pics.

I’d like to note that customer service/communication with Big Barker has been fantastic, we even received welcome/thank you emails, a post card, and a phone call. To make life a bit easier the waterproof liner I also ordered was already put on the foam mattress saving me a wrestling match with a rather large dog bed 😀