My Dog Died from Eating Corn on the Cob

Every morning, the first thing i do when i get up is to go into my kitchen and greet my dogs. They all sleep in seperate crates with bespoke Tuffie mattress beds and are usually all sound asleep when i open the door. At first i thought this was just like any other morning, but when i opened the kitchen door i got a strange whiff coming from our Five year old Spannish rescue dog Myrtles crate. The poor girl had been sick all over her dog bed. I let her outside and followed her out with the bed in hand. Luckily i had chosen the wipe clean material . The Wipe Clean dog bed is easy to clean with hot soapy water. As the day progressed we could see that Myrtle was not feeling that great she wasn’t eating, was very quiet and generally off colour. I was so glad that i had a durasoft tuffie nest for her to snuggle in to.  We decided to give her the day and if she was no better in the morning we would take her to the vet.

The next day Myrtle wouldnt move at all off her dog bed, she wouldnt eat and we had to carry her outside so she could go to the toilet. So off to the vets we went. The vet did a scan and blood tests she was sent home with a clear bill of health. This continued two more days with return visits to the vets and no real indication of a problem. We knew however, that there was something far from right as our usual crazy Spannish senorita was so sad, she still hadn’t eaten and we were extremely worried.

The next day we returned to the vet and they could now see that there was clearly something wrong. They asked for our permission to do exploratory surgery to see if the could find something that hadn’t shown on the scan they did days before.Of course we agreed.

We waited and waited at home for a few hours looking at her lovely dog bed that was empty, wondering what was happening. Finally after what seemed like a lifetime the phone rang. Unfortunately or lovely, lively, sweet friend had passed away. Upon opening her up they found two pieces of a corn on the cob core, they had been in her stomach for months floating up and down and eventually they had “petrified”, and acted like a cork in her gut. Her stomach was so badly damaged that they had to remove a part, it had also caused a blood clot which they had removed but in the end she was just not strong enough and passed away on the table.

We were not sure how she managed to get the corn cob, i suspect our Labrador Helga had jumped up on the kitchen counter and knocked it on to the floor. Myrtle being Myrtle always thought anything on the floor was fair game so we never even knew it hadn’t been thrown in the bin.

Huge lesson learnt, i never thought a corn cob could cause so much heartache.

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Dog Beds for Total Relaxation

We make the most wonderful and relaxing dog beds you can possibly buy. Dogs just adore being able to rest their heads on the side of our nests when they sleep AND when they are just relaxing, looking round the room to keep an eye on what is going on. We have three nests with full nest covers in the house and after the dogs have been fed in the evening they come inside. After a little excited running about, saying hello to everyone, they plonk themselves in the nests, resting their heads on the side. They look so funny, all in the same position.

Pontus often ‘melts’ and hangs over the side like a Salvador Dali painting. You would think he would strangle himself.

Pontus in his nest 'melting' over the side

Pontus in his nest ‘melting’ over the side

We get so many wonderful emails from customers with photos of how well their dogs relax in our best luxury dog beds. We put all the best photographs on our Testimonials page. This also helps other customers when they want to judge which size to buy for their dog and of course it is also nice to see that so many other people have found the Tuffies dog beds such a success.

Here are a couple of photos from our home with dogs relaxing.

Gollum half awake with his teeth showing.

Gollum half awake with his teeth showing.

Gaia totally upside down in her nest.

Gaia totally upside down in her nest.

It is hugely important to make sure you make dog beds with three main criteria in mind: Comfort, Practicality and Style. This is in the order of importance. Comfort is the most important thing to look at and we make mattresses with the same futon cushion inside as we provide in the nest beds. We make a thick futon out of hollow fibre layers so that the mattresses are pre-compressed and won’t go flat with dog use. As many dog beds just go flat after a few months, the dog is then basically lying on the cold floor without insulation or anything to keep them supported or warm.

Our dog beds ensure that the dogs are warm and comfortable.

Practical dog beds are for the owners in particular because after Fido has been rolling in fox or badger poo, his dog bed has to be easy and quick to clean. We have various options for easy cleaning dog beds. The Raised Tuffies bed is probably the best because you can quickly whip off the liner and wash it in the washing machine. If any smells have gone on to the plastic itself it could not be easier to clean them off. Our plastic bed liners are very similar.

If you need a simple mattress bed and need to clean it often, we supply a practical Wipe Clean option, which is totally waterproof and you can simply scrub it down with hot, soapy water. If you fit it with an extra cover, that can go in the washing machine. The Wicking cover is ideal for this.

Of course taste is different from person to person, but we have a great variation of cover designs to suit almost any household.

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Dog Beds in GWCT Auction

Every year The Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust holds numerous auctions up and down the country in order to raise money for research projects into wild life in our country. The research looks in to all aspects of how wild life survives and how their habitats survive in today’s Britain.

The background of GWCT is very much in field sport, ie hunting and shooting. If there was no hunting and shooting or fishing and no interest in working dogs in this field, there would be less interest in upkeeping the many habitats that support gamebirds and fish. It is a known fact that shooting automatically supports non-gamebird species simply because they live in the habitats made available and safe for game birds. Being a known fact does not mean that it is an accepted fact by the many people, who are against shooting. Although hunting has been with us for as long as man has existed, many people find it barbaric. In my humble view the large, driven shoots are simply pointless. They are unethical and the people, who shoot there are not particularly involved in nature when they are out for that day. However, a small day, collecting enough for the pot is very satisfying and a lot, lot more ethical than eating an animal that has been caged and transported in order to become food for us.

Being involved in many shooting situations and working my dogs in the field (by far the most on slow, walked up shoots where the bag is tiny) I see amazing wild life flourishing in shooting ground environments. It is here I learn most of what I know about wild life because I simply come across it and there are always game keepers present to explain what we are looking at.

My eager dogs LOVE a day out and once they are well trained, they are keen to help out so that the day is a success. It can take quite a lot out of a dog when they work all day. On the way home they always sleep in their bespoke dog bed in the back of my truck. The big truck has a funny shape inside, around the wheel arches and the dog beds is made to fit round this.

When we get home they all get fed their tripe and kipple and then slump in a Tuffies Nest Bed each.

At the GWCT auction in Grampian, North of Scotland, the auction raised £32,000+ and a Tuffies Nest was part of that. Tuffies supplied a lovely nest for the raffle.

The Tuffies dogs were also a “lot” in the auction as Glentanar has provided the grouse and we have provided the pointers to make the day a success.

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Winning Tuffies’ Trophy at Crufts

The best time for Tuffies at Crufts is the gun-dog-day at 4pm, when the trophy for the best working Hunt-Point-Retrieving bitch is handed out to a deserving winner. Tuffies is at Crufts for the entire duration and it is a wonderful and rewarding time meeting so many fans of our dog beds, many of them taking a dog bed home. But the best thing is to arrive at the BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation) stand and find out who won that show. The winner receives the Tuffies trophy for the year. This year it was won by a beautiful Wirehaired Vizsla this year.

The winner of the Tuffies trophy at Crufts 2018

The winner of the Tuffies trophy at Crufts 2018

As a keen pointer handler it is nice to see dogs that are being used for their purpose and also being shown. Dogs in the show ring may not always be bred for pure efficiency (not a debate I will enter at all), but dogs of working lines really do have to be bred for health. A good HPR has to have the best angulation in their limbs to cope with hard and prolonged running, a good, strong back for flexible movements and a large chest area to contain heart and lungs. This is to ensure that they can work effortlessly for as many happy years as possible. Obviously they have to have a good mind as well and the talent for pointing and cooperation and game knowledge, but the mind is not tested in the show ring obviously. The only thing a show dog does have to prove in terms of character and personality is how they get on with other dogs and how well they cope with the stress of a show ring and all the people there.

At CRUFTS we get the opportunity to observe how various breeds suit various kinds of dog beds. There is no doubt that the Whippets adore dog beds where they can crawl inside a cover, such as the Tuffies Tunnel Cover, which fits over a lovely bed and is easy to take off for washing.

Whippets LOVE the Tuffies Tunnel Covers.

Whippets LOVE the Tuffies Tunnel Covers.

More stubby kind of dogs like bull dogs seem to like a nest, but not too small because their round bodies don’t curl very well. They love the warmth and secure feeling in a nest, but they need to have space. In contrast, dogs like Vizlas and Dalmatians love the nests, but they want them to be very small, so they can really curl up inside them. They also love the nest sock if possible.

Doberman in nest with nest sock.

Doberman in nest with nest sock.

Every dog is different and each have their favourite dog bed.

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Buying Dog Beds at Crufts

Buying dog beds at the Crufts dog show at the NEC in Birmingham gives you one of the best purchasing choices under one roof that you can possibly get. It is the largest dog show in the world and it is a real “shopping show”. While many dog shows, even Championship dog shows, are of a fair size with plenty of dogs being shown by true dog enthusiasts, few of them provide a good, dedicated section with shops/stalls selling all sorts of products for dogs. At Crufts you can see them all in one go. You will probably need two days if you want to see everything, enjoy the day and watch some of your favourite breeds being shown. There are over 20,000 dogs shown over four days and the days are split in to breed types, which gives you a great opportunity to choose which day to go. If you are interested in toy-dogs you look out for which day they are shown (this alternates every year). If you are more interested in hounds, you just look up which day these are shown. The show is spread out through five halls at the NEC and in each hall, except hall three, there are serious dog showing going on. In hall three, which is the middle hall in the horse-shoe shape, there are not dog shown for the championships, but there is a section exhibiting dog breeds all together. This is a fascinating section as you can walk through and learn about breeds you didn’t recognise before or test your knowledge on dog breeds. If you are looking for a dog breed in order to know more before you commit to buying a puppy, this is an ideal place to chat to knowledgeable owners (who of course all tell you that THEIR breed is the most amazing and fantastic breed, haha).

All the halls contain stalls and if you are looking for dog beds, you will need to comb all the halls as products are not kept in sectors. To be truthful, you will find a lot of cheap, not so very well lasting products around the show and it is highly recommended that you bypass these. You will not have these products for long as they will go flat and manky in no time. If you are looking for pretty, semi lasting dog beds you will possibly find what you are looking for at Crufts, but if you are looking for strong, durable, easy to clean dog beds that are really comfortable for your dog, you do need to look at stand 56 in hall 5. Tuffies dog beds tick all the boxes, especially when it comes to dog comfort. The Tuffies following is clear at Crufts when all our delighted customers come to the stand, often with a friend, to see us and to show the friend the products that they have had for many years.

If you are looking for comfortable dog beds for large breeds, Tuffies is a fantastic source. Tuffies produce comfortable beds for any dog up to Great Danes and Mastiffs. These breeds can be difficult when it comes to getting a comfortable bed that is easy to keep clean too.

Have a look next year or go on line now and check out the most popular two types for large breeds: The Tuffies Durasoft mattress with Luxury Fleece cover or the Durasoft Tuffies nest beds for large dogs that feel the draught and need a surround for protection.

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How do You Wash Waterproof Dog Beds?

The reason for using waterproof dog beds, especially for large dogs, is that you cannot fit a big dog bed in to a domestic washing machine. Of course there are large dog beds with very little substance and very little stuffing that you can fit in, but firstly, the stuffing can’t cope very well with washing and will clump up in to hard, uncomfortable balls and a bed with so little stuffing will never give support and insulation enough for a large dog on a cold floor anyway. So a great big, thick and supportive dog bed will end up smelling of dog and it will look dirty, greasy and muddy. If it does not have a waterproof cover, you are pretty stuck as it is not really possible to clean it.

So a waterproof bed with a thick, insulating and supportive stuffing is the solution. It is very easy and quick to wash a dog bed like this. You just take it outside and use hot, soapy water with a sponge going over all the dirty places on the bed. The soap can be any kind as long as you don’t use bleach in too high a dose. Once the bed is well cleaned and scrubbed all over, you need to rinse the soap off really well. If you leave too much of the soap residue, it will cling to new dust and dirt quicker and soon look like it needs a wash again.

One way of making washing easier and almost not needed is to take advantage of fitted, machine washable covers for dog beds. If you have a mattress dog bed with a fitted fleecy cover, you simply take this off and put it in your washing machine. As the fleecy cover is not waterproof, the water will wash it perfectly in the machine and it will come out looking new. If you have a dog that loves the muddy puddles or swimming in the ponds, he will bring in enough mud and dirt to penetrate the fleece cover and you might need to wash the waterproof dog bed underneath, but you might just do that once a year or so. Vacuuming the surface is normally enough on a weekly basis.

Good, clean dog beds are necessary for your household and for the dog.

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Where can I get Warm Dog Beds?

When choosing dog beds it is important to understand how your dog sleeps and where. Firstly, if your dog sleeps in the house, have you considered how cold it is at floor level and also how cold the floor itself is?

When you move around in the house with you thick, warm slippers and socks in winter time you may not realise how cold it is at floor level. When you put the television on you might put your feet on a foot stool away from the cold floor. In contrast, the dog beds are usually directly on the floor and the dog is sitting at 10-15 cm height off the floor where it is surprisingly cold. To get a good idea of this situation you should try and sit on the dog bed to check how it feels. Don’t forget to check also in the middle of the night (if you get up at that time) as it might be even colder when the central heating has been off for a while. And one more thing: if you have a slightly older house you may find that on stormy winter nights there is also a significantly increased draught by the dog bed.

If you find that any of the above is true, you should consider getting a draught excluding dog bed with various extras. The Tuffies nest beds securely keeps the draughts out and also provide a great option for the dog to EITHER have its head up, resting on the sturdy sides, watching the world OR snuggle down in to the depth of the bed, feeling greatly warm and secure.

If you have a little dog that feels the cold in particular, you may like to add a total cover in thick fleece. This makes the nest warmer and cosier for dogs with a short coat.

Tuffies also supply the Sock! This covers half the nest so that the dog has a warming half cover over him. A fantastic way to create extra warmth.

Lastly it is worth mentioning that you can of course create an environment that is too hot! A Labrador or other big type of dog with a thick coat may, if your house if warm, need a flat mattress with not fleece in order to keep cool enough. Maybe only in the summer time, but it is good to remember this.

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Dog beds for export

The fall of the Pound Sterling is having an effect on exporting British manufacturers with much more interest from abroad and rising export.

Here at Tuffies, where we are manufacturing dog beds for the UK market, we do not have a facility on line for purchasing if you are wanting delivery to go overseas, but there is clearly a rising demand. Consequently we are receiving an increasing volume of phonecalls and emails with requests from abroad from people wishing to purchase our luxury dog beds. The problem is of course that our dog beds are very heavy and substantial and they cost a great deal to transport abroad.  We have found that couriers are very expensive when it comes to volume and weight.

Nevertheless, our dog beds have such a reputation that customers more often than not, will choose to pay almost as much for transport as they pay for the dog bed in order to get it to them. We export a good amount, and frequently, to France, Holland and Germany, but we also send Tuffies beds to Japan and USA and other far-flung places.

It is great to know that dogs abroad are enjoying the hygienic dog beds that we make and that their owners won’t compromise on quality when comes to their dogs’ health and comfort.

We should probably go for a Dutch and French and German web site, but we are so very busy with the UK market that we are reluctant to branch out that way. It also follows that if we do send the wrong item by mistake, we have a bill for a replacement wiping out profit way beyond what we had earned. It is all a huge cost. So we often suggest to our customers abroad on Europe mainland, that it might be a better idea if they have their dog beds sent to a UK address so that they can either pick them up when they go to UK for holiday or business or they can ask their British friends to bring them over next time they come in a car. This is taken up by many, many British expats, especially in France.

As Tuffies grows and grows, we may one day set up a European affiliate, but that is another story.

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Dog beds for cars

Just got a new truck to transport my pointers. As always, it has a beautiful and enormous Tuffie dog bed in the back. It is a Wipe Clean Tuffie dog bed with a thick Fluffie Tuffie cover on it, which is easy to take off and put in the wash.  The Wipe Clean fabric is also fantastic because if it needs a bit of extra cleaning after the cover has been taken off, I can simply put it outside and scrub it down with hot, soapy water followed by a thorough rinse.

However, there is another thing to consider with a new car as I had a pretty bad experience in the past. I had a truck a few years ago and I had had it for a while, so it was a bit rusty and battered. The dogs were comfy, of course, on a similar dog bed as the ones we supply for trucks. I picked up my friend and I think we had five pointers and a Labrador in the back. I pulled in to a layby to sort something out and a chap in a Landrover pulled in too and jumped out. He said the back door of the truck had come down and was open. I can’t describe the gasp I felt when I realised that my dear Gollum was missing. He had fallen out on the road when the door suddenly sprang open as I was driving and nowhere to be seen. The other dogs sat on the dog bed, which gives a good grip so at least no more was going to slide out.

We drove back, tracing our steps and drove for over 10 miles. I stopped every passing car to ask if they had seen a dog, but no. I gave everyone my phone number in hope. At last, the phone rang. It was a man, who used to work on an estate where I had worked Gollum. He had been driving along and seen a bemused and bewildered German Wirehaired Pointer and thought “That is Gollum”.

He stopped and begged Gollum in to his car. I am sure Gollum did not worry about the lack of bespoke shaped dog beds in the back of the vehicle as it must have been nice to be with somebody at least. Mike called and boy, was I happy? I had honestly prepared myself for a dead or dying dog.

I took him in my car and luckily I had Metacalm with me. He only had a little cut on his shoulder and his bum, so he must had spread the impact. He was pleased to get back on his dog bed in my car and he never seemed to have suffered any harm.

Hardy old boy.

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Extremely comfortable dog beds

……..but if you have hyper active dogs it doesn’t matter how comfortable the dog beds are, they will still not settle and sleep.

In the Tuffies household we have three German Wirehaired Pointers and they are FULL of beans. These dogs are not the sort of dogs you can have as sedate pets in the house all day, lounging on superior dog beds because they need a lot of exercise and stimulation. In fact, when dog owners talk about giving active dogs plenty of exercise before they will settle down on their dog beds, it might seem that enough running is doing the trick, but I believe that it is simply mind-exercise dogs need. I remember someone telling me about their German Wirehaired Pointer that was used for stalking. If you shoot deer from a high-seat, you sit and wait for the deer to appear and shoot them from the seat. This particular chap used to take his GWP and leave it at the bottom of the seat. IF the disaster happened that he shot a roe deer badly and it started running off, he could send the dog to make sure it was stopped and despatched of quickly. The other reason for having the dog would be for shooting in the summer in high grass. A fallen roe deer is not very big and you can simply lose track of it once it is down. If you have a dog, it will quickly locate the fallen deer via the scent. So this dog was sitting under the highseat for hours waiting quietly, 100% alert, but without moving a muscle. He said the dog would come home from these intense, but motionless, hours totally exhausted falling asleep in his comfortable dog beds at home. The dog had not done anything physically, but had been mentally exercised.

Likewise, I take my three pointers (on days when we are not out working them) with me on the push bike. They run along side with me for some serious exercise. We are out for about an hour. When they come home, they are fairly tired and will scoff their food before settling in the house on their dog beds. These dogs are out in the garden all day where they can run around a play all day, but it never stimulates them enough.

My point is, that if I take them on the bike OR just walk them, they have been mentally stimulated to the same extent because we are out for an hour both times. The walk is much less physical, but of course the dogs are sniffing all along and looking and feeling.

So you don’t NEED massive exercise for dogs in order to make them settled. You can just give them stimulation, mentally, for them to want a good, settled sleep in their comfortable dog beds.

 

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