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Best Dog Beds for Hoarding or Puppy Mill Rescues

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A one-size-too-small bed can be just the sort of “hug” a group raised dog can need to feel comforted and secure.

A hoarding or puppy mill rescue dog has probably come from a world packed with other dogs. He slept in a warm (if filthy) puppy pile every night of every day before rescue happened. He could imagine no other life.

As far as he is concerned, he’s been beamed up by friendly space aliens onto an unknown planet full of empty space. He may not know yet you are the best thing to ever happen to him. All he knows is everything is very different.

And you know that brandy new, sparkling clean, crate of his very own you got him? He sees it as unimaginable solitary confinement.

You want to help things feel a little more familiar for a hoarding or puppy mill rescue? Fill up that crate a bit!

CUDDLE BEDS allow these dogs to nestle in and curl up. Buy them on the small side so they can really get “hugged” by the bed.

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Best Friends by Sheri Deep Dish Sherpa

  • Five colors available.
  • Features high super cushioned borders for maximized cuddling
  • Made with cozy faux sheep skin fabric
  • Completely machine washable and safe to dry
  • Dimensions: 19″ x 17″ x 8.5″ height (back height is 11″)

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CAVE BEDS allow these often spooked dogs to hide while also feeling embraced by the fabric. A huge favorite with heat-seeking dogs like whippets, boston terriers, italian greyhounds and chihuahuas.

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Snoozer Cozy Cave

  • Sherpa lining for warmth in winter and cool in summer
  • Removable washable/dryable cover
  • Heavy duty brass zipper

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Snoozer beds are popular and come in a variety of sizes. Check out this Snoozer Beds page.

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Armarkat Slipper Shape Pet Bed

  • Material: Faux Suede and Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base
  • Zippered opening for easy cover removal
  • Waterproof lining for easy cleaning, Machine washable
  • 5 Sizes and several colors
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FLEECE: Cut to fit – these sheets of fabric fleece are easy wash and insta-dry making them an ideal bedding for dogs who need it but aren’t crate clean yet. Hint: Use them folded for extra softness and less sliding around in the crate.

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Brinkmann Pet 20-Inch by 40-Inch Cut to Fit Fleece Rug

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Big Stuffed Toys

Some of these dogs also like even more “company” in their crate and, since crating two dogs together is not a good idea, adding in some big, soft, stuffed companions can work well. Here are fleece toys by Premier.

Premier Sheepskin Ted Dog Toy
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Machine wash and dry.
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Snuggle Pet Products Snuggle Puppies Behavioral Aid Toy for Pets, Doodle

  • Eases crying, loneliness and separation anxiety in pets
  • Has a “Real Feel” Heartbeat
  • Two separate types of warmers provide gentle heat
  • Machine Washable

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The entire Snuggle Puppy Line

To speak with me directly for help with your puppy mill rescue, set up a Cyber Session with Sarah.
I love to help you help your dog!

Author: Sarah

Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert, offers experienced-based dog info with humor. Author of 8 books, seen on PBS, Sarah knows all about dogs. {Pip} is her rescue dog.

4 Comments

  1. Nice article. Very informative

    • Thank you, Jennifer.

      These dogs deserve, and need, so much help coming out of the conditions that were forced upon them. I am happy to assist them in anyway I can.

      Hope this helps some. 🙂

  2. Explains alot of TimTim’s first few months…..and luckily I followed that advice without ever having heard it. Although I DO need to get him a few more big soft toys to snuggle with =)

    • Hi Susan – How lucky TimTim is to have landed with you. 🙂 Let me know what toys work best for him. Always interested in “real world” reports. Glad to know the dog bed advice is confirmed. Have a great day and pats to TimTim.

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