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PET HAPPENINGS December 2015

Why Your Dog Needs A Bed
by Kaye Davis

Our dogs are part of our families. They provide companionship and love in exchange for very little. When one considers the needs of their pet, it’s a small list consisting of food, dishes, a toy or two and a leash. At bedtime, they are often left to curl up on the floor or an old couch but neither of these provides the support a healthy, pain-free body requires. What’s more, just as your dog needs their own food dish and toys, so too they need a sleeping space to call their own. This sense of personal possession curbs bad habits in dogs like jumping up on furniture and claiming their owner’s bed.

Dogs are naturally active and playful through the day. They love to run around, jump up and down, and bark a lot. Some dogs, like the hunting and working breed dogs, go through extremely tiring and stressful tasks in a day. Dog owners must see to it that their pets get enough nutrition, sleep and rest to recharge the energy they’ve lost in these activities. Giving your dog a comfortable bed to sleep in can help avoid potential health risks and even provide numerous benefits.

To provide comfort is the main aim of a dog bed. This is really important especially if you have older dogs. A good dog bed can help maintain healthy joints, relieve their soreness, and avoid arthritis. Aside from the comfort, dogs can also have their own personal space where they can curl up and relax. Dander control is also another advantage as it gives an area in which a majority of their shedding and dander is contained.

Another important benefit is insulation. Just when you think that dog fur is already enough to keep dogs warm when it’s cold, a dog bed can provide more warmth and comfort. It gives the dog the right insulation from both the heat of the summer or the bitter cold of winter.

Many times people look at quality beds and think they are too highly priced. They think that these beds are the same as the ones from big box stores that they can get for $20. It can be a big decision to invest in a quality bed for your dog but there are many reasons why it is absolutely worth it.

Higher Quality - A quality bed is not going to fall apart on you after your dog has laid on it for a week. If you are purchasing 4 beds a year at $20, doesn’t it make sense to buy one at $100 that will last you many years? Many quality beds are custom made in the USA with high quality fabric, stuffing, threading and not cheaply made in China with inferior products. West Paw Design beds are made in Montana using recycled soda bottles as filler and high quality cotton covers, including an organic cotton option.

More Stuffing - Ever wonder why your dog likes sleeping on your bed and the couch? Did you buy your dog bed and think - I wouldn’t even want to sleep on this? Does your dog’s bed flatten after a few weeks of use? Good dog beds have more stuffing so they don’t look like pancakes and don’t flatten out after a few weeks of use. They are made with high quality filler that will last much longer. Molly Mutt Dog Beds don’t even use fillers; they are duvet covers in multiple different and colorful designs that you stuff with your own filling such as old pillows, clothes or blankets – a chance to provide comfort and be kind to the environment.

Longer Lasting - A high quality dog bed is something that your dog will sleep on and use multiple times per day, every day. Don’t you want to get your dog something comfortable for when they use it? If you were to break down the price spent on a bed divided by the number of times your dog actually slept on it, you are talking about pennies or less per use. This is a fantastic deal!

Getting your dog a quality bed will not just bring them great comfort. It can also help you take care of their long term health. Let every dog sleep soundly and peacefully in a soft and warm cushioned dog bed!

We’re Moving Over to the West Side!

The Moab Barkery will be relocating to 200 North 100 West, the current location of Wild Rose’s Imports, in February 2016. We have been so happy to be part of the scene on Main Street for eight years and appreciate the local support that we have been shown, but now we have the opportunity to move in to a new store that will allow us to bring you, our local shoppers, newer items and expanded services. The Moab Barkery will have a larger space for grooming services, two bays for the self-service dog wash and better parking. In preparation for our move we have lots of items like toys, collars, leashes, outdoor gear and more on clearance , most at 30% off or more.

MoabBarkery website

Dog Friendly Walks/Hikes in the Moab Area
Trail or Walk Difficulty Length
(one way)
Proximity to Downtown
MillCreek Pathway
easy 1.1 miles Little to no driving
Starts at 100 S & 100 W
Portal Overlook
(trailhead @ Jaycee Park)
Hard 2.0 miles 25 min drive N on US-191 to W on Utah 279 (4.2 miles)
Moab Rim Hard 3.0 miles
(to Hidden Valley trail)
8 minute drive 2.6 miles down Kane Creek Blvd from US-191
Negro Bill Canyon
(aka William Grandstaff Canyon)
Moderate 2.0 miles 10 minute drive N on US-191 to
W on Utah 128, 3 miles
Hunter Canyon Easy 2.0 miles 25 minute drive (mild off-road)
7.5 miles down Kane Creek Blvd from US-191
Corona Arch Trail Easy/Moderate 1.5 miles 25 minute drive N on US-191 to
W Utah 279 (10 miles)
Hidden Valley
(trailhead at end of Angel Rock Rd)
Hard 2.0 miles 10 minute drive S on US-191
3 miles to Angel Rock Rd
Fisher Towers
(trailhead 2.2 miles off Utah 128)
Moderate 2.2 miles 35 minute drive N on US-191 to Utah 128, then 21 miles

Tips for enjoying your time with your dog here in the Moab area:

  • Bring lots of extra water for you and your dog.1 gallon per day for every 60lbs of dog!!
  • Don’t let dogs chase wildlife (especially coyotes, they can lead dogs into an ambush).
  • In the city, dogs are required to be leashed, but on public lands off leash with voice control is allowed.
  • Slickrock and sand is very abrasive!  Check paw pads often, or buy and use booties.
  • If it’s over 85 degrees only consider early AM or late PM hikes, daycare or leave your dog at home.
  • Pack out my poop!  Seriously or the other hikers without dogs will eventually demand no dogs allowed!


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