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Old 03-20-2015, 07:41 PM   #1
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A few weeks ago my lurcher puppy finally destroyed the doggy bed that my boxador has had for a year and was kind enough to share with her. The horribly deformed pillow was disemboweled so many times it was stitched and patched back together using old dresses, fabric shopping bags, and pillow cases. It came to be lovingly called "Shelby's hobo bed." One day last month the hobo bed finally met its end in the jaws of a tiny lurcher. Since it's summer time here, and the dogs only use the bed for fun and not for warmth, I decided to replace the hobo bed with just throw blankets which they also like but are unable to kill. All was well for a month, but I noticed that Shelby's knees and outer thighs are all scraped. The fur there is shorter now and you can see the darker skin pigmentation (she is piglet colored underneath, with spots of pink and dark grey). She kind of looks mangy. I checked her out. She is not. No skin conditions, allergies, or injuries. Turned out that she has what is called "pressure sores" from laying down on concrete. Apparently lurchers and other site hounds get those very easily. I knew my girl was a delicate hellion, but i don't realize that she was that delicate.

What to do? If I buy her another dog bed, she will just shred the foam again. So, I bought a couple of synthetic pillows, gutted them, made a pillow case out of some sturdy fabric, and dressed the whole thing in a throw blanket that has already been dog tested and loved. What came off my sewing machine is a rather large and soft lurcher couch. She can recline on it, she can lay right on top of it where it's super soft, and hopefully this plus her skin ointment will help with the pressure sores and her fur will grow back.

Thankfully she didn't get real sores. Her skin was a bit rough in those areas, but not really inflamed or scabbed. I think I found this in time.

Well, at the very least now I have the world's happiest lurcher. After all, once a lurcher finds a soft thing, there is no going back to sleeping on the concrete.






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(Y) Sadie usually prefers the floor with maybe a blanket or rug to a soft bed but I doubt she would like to lie on cement.
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Great pictures and your dogs have such a talented mom.
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(Y) Sadie usually prefers the floor with maybe a blanket or rug to a soft bed but I doubt she would like to lie on cement.
Yeah, Shelby sleeps on soft things too. When she spent the month without a dog bed she was sleeping on a blanket (now part of the lounge) which was on concrete. Apparently the blanket was not soft enough for her. She also has a yard full of grass that that she lays on during the day, and a dog house lined with soft cardboard and another blanket. All of which work for my boxador, but apparently she has suuuuuper delicate skin and coat and requires actual fluffy pillows. Or maybe all those articles I read about lurchers needing very soft beds were secretly written by her.

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Yes, I think a lot has to do with their fur and skin tenderness. Sadie doesn't like to lie on the grass and is always digging up dirt to lie in. Especially in summer when the dirt is cooling.
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My boxador does the dirt digging too. When it's hot he digs a small grave and lays in it. It's soft and cool, and he lays there for hours. The little one is starting to copy that trick of his, except she digs to China. hehehehe.

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Rascal just jumps in bed with us and burrows under the covers then crawls out on top when she gets hot. She has a bed in hubbys' room too and then there is her 'crate' in the living room. Is Rascal spoiled? Naw
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My baby girl is now big enough to wear one of my T-shirts at night. Also, the fur on her hips / knees seems to be getting better since I made the giant pillow for her. She spends A LOT of time sleeping on it when she IS sleeping.




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She looks very comfortable in her T shirt and on her bed
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