I spent this past weekend doing one of those life changing moments… moving. The beautiful thing about moving is that it gives you a chance for a fresh start, a new beginning. It was important for me to make my new home warm, comfortable and inviting with a feeling that was unique to me. As I watched my lovable dog Bear sniffing and checking out his new digs I waited anxiously to see if he was going to feel the need to mark his territory. He didn’t… yet. But in a way I suppose that is what we all do when we move into our homes. We pick out paint for the walls, we position furniture, we select unique objects and place things just so. I searched around for many of the items that went into my new urban home thankful for the internet and all the great reviews and photos out there. So to pay it forward, I’ll be posting the wonderful things I found that I decided to purchase and also the wonderful items I didn’t. Consider it an urban shopping spree and if you are moving into a new loft or home perhaps these will help.
The item I am the most excited about right now is the new organic dog bed I ordered from Doggy Archy located in our own backyard of Vail. I got myself a natural bed, why shouldn’t I get one for him. The reason I got turned off on memory foam and all the other artificial material beds, both human and canine, was the ongoing discussion in so many reviews about the lingering release of chemical odors. Don’t believe me.. google it.
My pup is getting a bit older now, he walks a little slower and I always want him to have the benefit of comfort. After all, he’s always been there for me. So if he’s getting a bed it’s going to be organic because I guarantee his nose is a great deal more sensitive than mine is.
Doggy Archy makes their beds using eco friendly materials. The covers in stuffing are made from natural materials such as hemp and organic kapok fiber. They say pass it on… so here are the details on the materials:
Your Doggyarchy organic kapok dog bed is unique! Let me tell you why it’s so special.
A naturally healthy choice for you and your dog. Hemp is naturally antimicrobial and withstands heat, light, mildew, and insects without the addition of harmful chemicals. Unlike other hemp dog beds, which have a hemp cover but are filled with polyurethane foam and polyfill stuffing derived from petrochemicals, your hemp dog bed is filled with organic kapok fiber. This fiber creates a natural, soft cushion for your dog, without harmful chemicals and dyes. Among other things, there is no polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)–a flame retardant that is added to polyurethane stuffing. PBDE has been linked in animal studies to thyroid and reproductive problems, suppression of the immune system, and disruption of the development of the fetal brain. Every time your dog flops on a foam bed, a little puff of PBDE may be released, inhaled by your dog, and accumulated in its tissue. (And when you dispose of the bed, these chemicals are released and accumulated in the environment.) This also means your organic kapok dog bed is not treated with harmful chemical flame retardants.
Handcrafted in the USA and in limited supply! The cover of your organic dog bed is designed to be washed. Keep it clean by washing it regularly.
• Cover care instructions. The top of your Doggyarchy dog bed cover is made from 100% hemp or hemp/flax blend fabric and the bottom and sides of your dog bed cover are made from ultra-durable 18 oz. hemp canvas. These fabrics are machine washable (cool) and dryable (cool). Soaps and detergents are not required. Remove the cover first and then machine wash/dry the cover (not the insert).
• Kapok bed insert care instructions. You can clean the kapok bed insert by hand rinsing it (or lightly hosing it off) and then air drying it or machine drying it on cool. It is ok to get the kapok-filled bed insert wet. The organic kapok is naturally water repellent and difficult to soak (kapok was used for years to stuff canvas life vests) and will air dry quickly (of course, sunshine will speed up the drying). The cover should first be removed and machine washed/dried.
• A zipper you can use. Your dog bed is especially easy to clean because of its large zipper. Alas, there is not a hemp zipper, so we have gone for durability. Your DoggyArchy dog bed incorporates an extremely durable YKK nylon zipper. Don’t worry; you can use it–over and over again. After washing your cover, re-load the stuffed insert into the cover by folding the bed in half and inserting it through the large opening created by the zipper.
Eco-chic, healthy comfort for your dog. And of course, your naturally healthy dog bed is also eco-friendly. It’s made from biodegradable materials derived from sustainable sources that respect the well being of our fragile environment.
The bed selected for Bear (my pup) was the Lodo Loft Bed. I liked the color and more importantly the Kapok fiber stuffing will allow it to handle moisture. I made sure the first item to be moved into the house was a Bear treat. This items was just ordered yesterday online and both Bear and I look forward to its arrival.