You might not want to give it to the pet

Verified Buyer Reviewed by scaryblondechick from New York, NY on Saturday, January 1, 2011
I have two large dogs, one long-haired (German shepherd) and one short-haired (bull mastiff). One of these pelts lies on the bottom of each of their crates, as well as one in front of the fireplace and one in my office. The short-hair in particular prefers to lounge and sleep on these; they keep her warm in winter, cool in summer, and off the uncomfortable barred crate floor.

I like these because, unlike the typical dog bed, they go well with the furniture, with the basic appearance of sheepskin throw rugs (which, essentially, they are), and don't much show the dog hair. Though they do get drooled on (and possibly even peed on, when the short-hair was a pup), they tolerate spot cleaning with water or an enzyme pet odor cleaner very well. When they're wetted in this manner the fur will curl or kink somewhat, but this isn't really noticeable and doesn't detract from the pelt's appearance. However, if you don't like the look, they can be brushed - in fact I occasionally brush it out with the German shepherd's wide-bristled wire brush just for maintenance.

Softer pelts are available for human use - I've draped an easy chair with one, and this contributes to the overall look of the room, as well. These particular pelts are a bit coarser-haired than I'd like for my chair, but still soft enough for floor cover, and they're sufficiently inexpensive that giving them to the dog doesn't seem like a waste. The dog (especially a short-hair) will thank you.
  • Best Uses: Crate or Kennel, Tile Floors, Wood Floors
  • Cons: Slips Around
  • Describe Yourself: Bargain Hunter, High-End Shopper, Practical
  • Primary use: Personal
  • Pros: Attractive Design, Durable, Easy To Clean, Insulative
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