Dog beds for veterinary surgeries

Here at Tuffies we are often asked for the best beds to have when a dog has been through an operation. Having spoken to vets we know that the best bed for recovering at home after surgery is our waterproof dog beds, the Wipe Clean Tuffie bed. When your dog comes home after an operation that requires cage rest and very restricted exercise, the best option is to have a Wipe Clean Tuffies dog bed mattress made to fit the cage exactly. We can also make Luxury Fleece covers for all beds if you wish. With a perfectly fitting bespoke dog bed, it is easy to clean and extremely comfortable for the dog.

When the dog comes home from an operation it is possible that there will be a little bit of leaking going on from the wound and hygiene is extremely important. The cover can be washed in the washing machine and come out completely clean and you can take the bed out and scrub it thoroughly with hot soapy water and rinse it down. The rinse at the end can even be done with hot water straight from the boiling kettle. Washable dog beds are handy in many situations, but essential when you have a post-op dog.

A dog that needs, and wants, to rest a lot very much MUST have a comfortable bed to lie on. The Tuffies dog beds all have a thick futon mattress inside them and the dog will never be uncomfortable even if he can’t reposition himself very well during his sleep and during the day.

Many vets’ surgeries use our dog beds in their recovery rooms and swear by the comfort and hygienic ease of cleaning, which matters hugely in a ward. We supply dog beds to many vets’ surgeries and to veterinary hospitals and specialised operations units.

We have also recently supplied a veterinary hospital with a massive Tuffies dog bed for their scanning room so that they can lie the animal down on one very large, comfortable surface while they do the scanning.

We are very proud that we are recommended by vets.

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Waterproof dog beds

Ahh, the RAIN!!!!  The rain is simply persistent to say the least. SUCH an understatement. We are rural and run a rural business. That means that we inevitably follow the seasons and know what is going on in farming. This time of year is one with quite a bit of noise and it clearly marks the various seasons. We hear the combiners, the grain trucks and the corn dryers. However, as I am sitting here in the warm office and the dogs are lying outside on their warm, waterproof dog beds in their kennels with full access to grass garden and woodland, I can only hear the rain. It is pouring down.

I took all three dogs off their warm dog beds in the house this morning and tempted them with a walk. They don’t mind, of course, but I have to say I did need to convince myself that this would be a good idea. However, it is funny how the motivation increases when the dogs are so happy to leave their cosy dog bed nests in favour of a walk. They wag their tails all over the place and can’t wait to get out the door. Once I have walked half a mile, I am soooo glad I got out too. It all feels much warmer than anticipated and it’s only water. It feels like I am the only person enjoying the outdoors while everyone else is hiding from the rain. Very smug feeling and I am so glad to give my three dogs a good time although hunting is always their preferred activity.

On my return to the house, the guilt sets in. I SHOULD really allow them all to come inside to dry off on their most suitable waterproof dog beds so that they can be let out feeling good. But I didn’t. I stood by the front door and hoped that they would all have a good shake, but no, they always seem to wait till they have got inside, standing in front of their cosy waterproof dog beds before they give a good old, muddy shake, leaving road mud right up the walls on all sides. So cruelly, I got the key to the garden gate and pushed them through that. It must be said, it is not cold at the moment and given how happy they are to walk in the rain, I thought they would be fine. They go in to their little kennels, placed on the patio and sleep in their dog bed nests, giving them full draught exclusion. They also have some extra blankets in there that they dig around, just like the wild wolves would enjoy doing with grass in the den.

I just had another glance out to them and two of them have come out having a play-fight on the patio. They look very happy indeed.

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Really Clean Dog Beds

We were having a little bit of a rant this morning. About, well, pooh. Here in the Tuffies office we were obviously talking about dog beds and about how to clean them. Or rather, WHETHER you clean them and how often. We are in a rural location and we got to talk about working dogs. In summary, not all working dogs have the romantic life we would like to associate with them.

My own working dogs live that romantic, idyllic life where they have their own private patio equipped with small individual kennels containing super insulating and comfortable dog beds in addition to dog beds placed out on the decking for sunny days. They have a large, fenced garden with a small part covered in woodland, where they have access to a little pond and plenty of grass to eat for their stomachs. All fencing is solid and the whole garden is covered on CCTV. The dogs get out every day, either for training, walking or for real work on grouse moors or other shooting situations.

Well, SOME working dogs are barely granted a dog bed. You do see some so called working dogs that are simply shut in a kennel with some straw and they rarely get out. Consequently they foul their own kennel and because they are so desperate to get out for walks, and WORK, they jump up and down in the kennels, covering themselves in the pooh.

I don’t like writing these little articles about dog beds and instead rant on about badly treated dogs, but really!! There are a lot of poor dogs out there, being neglected and badly treated. The cattle and sheep we use for food are treated better than SOME dogs.

In fact I LOVE looking after my dogs and i enjoy washing the dog beds so they are nice and clean and hygienic. The beauty of the beds that we sell here at Tuffies is that they are so easy to keep clean. The fleece covers come off and can go directly in the washing machine. If the waterproof dog bed underneath is dirty, then it can be scrubbed with hot, soapy water and rinsed, giving a nice, clean bed. But of course it starts with keeping your dog in reasonable conditions and not leave them shut in a kennel with no other option but to pooh in their own run.

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Dog Beds for Working Dogs

Pet dogs taken for very long walks may also get extremely tired, but working dog take the edge. I have three working pointers and there is an extra dimension to their exertion. The pet dog that runs around is of course in essence “hunting” when it looks like it is just running about enjoying himself, but most pet dog breeds are not bred for their tenacity and endurance. They may like to meet other dogs in the park to play with or they might have the freedom to be let off the lead in the woods to have a hunt around, but often will they come back to you and walk for a while in between.

Working dogs, however, are exposed to very hard days, which they love. The working dogs are not only using their physiques, but their minds too, which is exhausting for them.

You take them out of their kennels in the morning where they have slept happily on their dog beds and are now feeling fresh and full of go for the day. For my pointers it is most often a case of driving for at least an hour, where they are too excited to make any use of their bespoke dog beds in the back of my truck. In the rear mirror I often notice that they are standing up on their Fleece covered dog beds in the back all the way. We get to the moor and they are bouncing in the truck. It can be difficult to keep them quiet driving up the hills, they are so excited. One day I must put a gps on one of them because it is astonishing how much they run and I wonder how many miles they actually cover.

Sometimes they have to work three days on the trot and although they take turns, they all walk the whole way and they are super alert all time.

Someone once told me, that he had a pointer for stalking and it had to sit totally quiet all day watching out for deer. It never moved an inch and when it returned home, it was so utterly exhausted it just fell on to its dog bed and slept for hours.

When I have worked with my dogs for the day, they no longer stand in the back to the vehicle, they all lie down on their thick, insulating and comfortable dog beds.

I was on the moor recently and the ‘keepers dog was straight in my vehicle, looking like it was very interested in the interior….

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The Absolute Best Dog Beds

….. are the ones with flexibility. If, for instance, you want a dog bed that can be a simple, waterproof dog bed in the warm summer and a cosy, snug dog bed in the winter, you can use the Tuffies waterproof dog beds on their own or fitted with covers. There are two types to choose from: You can get the Wipe Clean mattress, which is an exceedingly easy to clean dog bed by simply scrubbing it with hot, soapy water, rinse off and towel dry OR you can, if there is just a smaller accident on the bed, spray it with a normal household cleaner and wipe. No hairs will ever stick to the Wipe Clean fabric dog beds, so if you have a dog that casts a lot of hair, it is ideal for this as the Wipe Clean Tuffie will look clean all the time.

The other type is the Tuffies Durasoft Mattress bed. This is a stronger version as it is made from 1,000 denier texturised Nylon and has a extra thick polyurethane coating on the reverse. The advantage of this one is that it seems more appealing to the dog because it is more like an upholstery fabric and therefore perceived as softer and warmer. Dogs that cast a lot of hair will end up with dog hair sticking to the Durasoft, but only very lightly and they are easily vacuumed off. Washing the Durasoft is as easy as the Wipe Clean Tuffie mattress, but you can’t towel dry it and you can’t wipe it over with a household surface cleaner, you need to wash these dog beds on a warm day so that you can leave them out to dry in the sun and wind. It only takes an hour on a nice day, though.

In terms of the flexibility, Tuffies offer a fabulous range of covers to add to the basic dog bed. So if you feel that some more warmth and cosyness is needed, maybe in the winter, you can find just the right cover for you and your dog. The thick, warm ones are the Luxury Fleece covers and the Fluffie Tuffie covers. The Luxury Fleece is by far the most popular one and there are more, new designs in the pipe line. This one can be used on both sides and washes beautifully in the washing machine. Most dogs will, given the choice, pick the mattress with the nice fleecy cover on.

You can also use one of the lighter, summery covers for the mattress dog beds. This gives the beds a new, fresh look and if you prefer cleaning by machine washing, it is an ideal way of keeping things looking great without the thick, warm pile on the cover. Dogs are different and some dogs are hotter than others. A Labrador usually has a great, warm coat and may even find your house a bit too warm, which will make him prefer a cooler bed arrangement, not with a thick pile. A skinny Whippet will always go for the warmer bed.

If you have dogs that love water and swimming, you will benefit from using the Wicking cover. This cover is made from a so called spacer fabric, which is used in off-road vehicle seats so you don’t feel clammy sitting in wet clothes. The same happens with the wet dog: The water from the dog’s coat goes through the fabric and wicks away from the dog, leaving the dog comfortable and off the wetness.

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Brilliant Dog Beds

…….are made to last and they are made just like brilliant cars and brilliant pianos: quality ALL the way through, starting from the inside. There are dog beds out there with very little value because they simply look pretty and fluffy, but when your dog uses them, they soon reveal that there is not much substance and that they are all looks and no quality. Many bad products hide what goes on at the inside and it is only in the short use of them that you realise how important the back-bone of the item is and how important the unseen quality can be.

The dog beds made by Tuffies are quietly brilliant. At Tuffies each dog bed for dogs to sleep and rest on are made with unrestricted attention to the quality details right from the inside and all the way out. We start off by making the “stuffing”, which is actually a misleading term because we don’t STUFF the dog beds, we produce a standalone futon mattress, which is then covered. This means that the inside of each of our fantastic dog beds is able to hold its own and won’t disintegrate or go flat. When your dog uses a Tuffies dog bed, he won’t find that in a few weeks all the stuffing has migrated out to the sides. He will be enjoying top quality because the futon mattress holds its shape. Just like our own mattress (the human one you sleep on), our dog beds are firm, but very supportive and perfectly insulating instead of being of the smothering kind. If you imagine a dog’s natural den, it would have a firm base covered with a little bit of grass and plants and feel just like our mattress. Well, never quite a lovely as a Tuffies dog bed mattress, but the same principle. The den will have sides just like our Tuffies nest dog beds, providing total draught exclusion and of course a sense of security. In the wild a dog will feel more secure with solid walls round him (from where no enemies of predators could suddenly appear). This appeals to the domestic dog’s natural instincts.

Many dog owners start off with the new dog or the puppy being trained to stay in a cage till they are “safe” from chewing the furniture and till they are fully house trained and accustomed to being left on their own for short times. We often speak to customers, who seem slightly embarrassed that they “keep the dog in a crate”, but if you train the dog or puppy in the right way so he is not “shoved in the crate” for prolonged and unnecessary periods of time and if he has a lovely made to measure dog bed with a good futon mattress inside, he will LOVE his crate, especially if you put a blanket over the crate to make it feel even more like a den. You will actually find that the dog seeks the crate and even prefers the crate to a dog bed sitting out on the floor. You will often find that in time you take the crate away and the dog is perfectly happy to have a good quality dog bed, especially a nest dog bed on the floor, enjoying life as being in the midst of the family. But then, here comes dog number 2 for the household, often as a puppy, and is given the old crate. What happens? The old dog is delighted to see his crate reappear and goes straight in there, sharing it with the new puppy.

Where ever you keep your dogs, just make sure that they have great dog beds made with quality as number one priority and “prettyness” as second. Here at Tuffies we can of course handle both and we take great care, not only with the futon mattress inside, but also with the waterproof dog bed covers. More of that later.

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Images and dog beds

When we offer dog beds for sale, we are acutely aware that it is important for customers to be able to see the beds as well as possible. We do exhibit at shows, which certainly helps a lot of buyers to really see, touch and feel the dog beds, but on line it can be more difficult. Last week we showed you our new designs in fleece, which will be for sale in a month or two.

Red Swifts

Red Swifts


Images also convey the culture and the back ground of Tuffies. That is why our galleries on the web site are so popular. We can see in our statistics that you are spending a lot of time viewing our gallery photos.

This week I got Pontus out again on grouse and he performed his first, really positive point on four birds. Great to see, after so much training, that the dog starts coming together. Well, not quite together, because it will be a long time before he will have the full hunt, point AND retrieve. He will need to do the first bit on it’s own and then perhaps get a retrieve later in January.

Pontus on one of his first grouse points.

Pontus on one of his first grouse points.

I found this image in amongst all the images of waterproof dog beds and Luxury Dog Beds in our files, of Gollum seven years ago. What a smart dog.

Gollum as a youngster pointing some of his first grouse.

Gollum as a youngster pointing some of his first grouse.

And Gaia is not JUST a model for all our great dog beds, here is one of her early points.

Here is Gaia's first proper working season, on point.

Here is Gaia’s first proper working season, on point.

They all sleep really well inside in their dog bed nests or on their kennel beds in the outdoor kennel. Working dogs need good dog beds.


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New dog bed designs

By far our most popular optional covers for the waterproof dog beds is our Luxury Fleeces. For several years we have found that the Autumn Check is the most popular along with the classic Black Watch tartan. These are both very colourful, but that also helps to cover up all manners of wet, dirty paws and dog hairs.

However, we do like to look at designs and in fact we engaged with two professional designers, but they could not come up with anything nice that we felt was contemporary and in the right style for dog beds. There is also a limit to what colours are available in the polyester that the fleeces are made from. Mixing some of them can obviously give a wider range of combinations as is seen in the Autumn Check design, but bottom line was that we felt we had to take action ourselves. Here at Tuffies there is no shortage of creativity and we played around with the colour possibilities first of all to get some practical, yet contemporary colours on the go. Next, it was a question of designs. For a long time we have wanted to use birds and swifts or swallows are a special favourite because they are easy to recognise and they represent summer and freedom. Grey and a splash of strong colour is very vogue, so here is what we settled for:

Red Swifts on Slate Grey.

Red Swifts on Slate Grey.

We were also missing some blue in our collection and we have a navy blue with Fleur de Lit on the go to be produced shortly, but today we took delivery of a beautiful design of a delicate blue-and-grey check. We wanted it to be Petrol Blue, but this one is a little bit lighter in colour than Petrol and it gives it a very summerly feel of sea and blue sky and water. Here it is:

Blue and grey check.

Blue and grey check.

The factory is shut now for the summer break, but we shall certainly get going and have these two new designs available by September.

Dog beds are more than just a perfect place for a dog to sleep, it is also an item that has to fit in with your interior designs and styles.

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Easy to Clean Large Dog Beds

It is the biggest dilemma of large dog beds: how to keep them fresh and clean. Some dog owners simply capitulate and buy new, cheap dog beds as frequently as every couple of months. It’s a choice, but for many of us, and in the general culture in our developed world, it is not the right thing to do. In our developed world, educated people try to move away from filling our bins unnecessarily with stuff that goes to landfill. It seems much more attractive to own good quality and to keep washing and even repairing it so that not much gets chucked away. Good quality dog beds is all you need in order to keep them for years and only wash smaller parts and only replace smaller parts. That is the essence of Tuffies dog beds. We offer a range of waterproof dog beds with fantastic and lasting stuffing, which your dog can use as it is (either the Wipe Clean type, which you can hose or wipe down or the Durasoft type, which you can hose down and leave to air dry).

Wipe Clean Tuffie mattress

Durasoft mattress bedHowever, if you prefer to give your dog a more luxurious dog bed, you can simply get one of our covers to put on it. This makes life a lot easier and possibly it makes life, for the dog, a lot cosier.

We have a range of covers. The Luxury Fleece is by far the most popular. It is cosy and warm, but is very easy to wash in a washing machine.

Luxury Fleece w Gollum

There are plenty of other styles in Luxury Fleeces and there are several other types of covers too.

For the summer, we have a very popular product called the Summer Cover and we have sourced some beautiful designs.

Summer mattress cover w TippexIf you want to go to the extreme of luxury, we have also sourced a fabulous range of 100% wool tweeds from Moon fabrics. These covers can only be washed at 30 degrees, but that is ok because it is amazing how this totally natural material is less likely to get dirty and sheds the dirt very willingly in a gentle wash.

So do NOT buy cheap throw-away dog beds that are never nice and thick. Buy top quality dog beds which can be hosed down. For extra comfort, add a machine washable cover if this suits you.

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Fantastic dog bed sales at Scone.

Last weekend we had a record Scone show. We have been going to The Scottish Game fair at Scone for around 15 years, selling our popular dog beds. It is a wonderful game fair full of happy people and happy dogs. I do sometimes wonder if we are trying to sell our waterproof dog beds to a saturated market because it does seem like everyone passing by already has a Tuffies dog bed. However, while it might be the case  that a lot of visitors already have our luxury dog beds, we experienced a record year of sales at Scone.

Jodie, our chief workshop manager, came along for the first time this year (her first game fair with Tuffies ever) and we had a great time. It was such a pleasure to have Jodie along. No fuss, no hassle and she courteously served all our customers. Here at Tuffies we do not believe in hard selling, we simply show our products and they then speak for themselves. 75% of our sales are through word of mouth and re-orders anyway, so we have an unbeatable reputation.

The dog bed stand a Scone game fair.

The dog bed stand a Scone game fair.

The dry weather allowed us exhibit right outside the marquee.

The dry weather allowed us exhibit right outside the marquee.

At Scone there is other stuff going on apart from us selling warm, supportive dog beds. There are various exhibits from the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust and there is a main ring, where there is a daily, non-stop programme of shows, all something to do with the wonderful life in the country. There are falconry displays and somebody herding ducks with his well trained Collie dog (who incidentally has a bespoke dog bed in the pick up car that they use).

There are also craft tents and a large food marquee where everyone is selling food and drink, mostly Scottish produce.

Next door to our stand is the scurry ring and the queues are NEVER ending. It costs £3 to have a go and all the money goes to the Game and Wild life Conservation Trust. We donate three mattress dog beds with Fleece Covers, one for each winner each day. This is a great way of show casing our Durasoft, very strong and durable dog bed sporting a thick Luxury Fleece cover as it sits right where the queue is forming for the scurry. Everyone gets a chance to see it and feel it while they wait.

Lots of visitors (dogs also) come visiting and even little ones try out what they may be treated to sooner or later.

Labrador puppy testing out a Small Tuffies Nest.

Labrador puppy testing out a Small Tuffies Nest.

Some dogs you see at the show look slightly fed-up being taken along, but it is still good for them to be exposed to all the people and commotion. And some meet new friends to have a wonderful play-fight with. These two Border Terriers met for a fab fight at the end of their respective leads.

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No doubt they slept well on their dog beds on the way home.

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