Every morning I wake up and find myself clinging to the edge of my bed. With 4 dogs and 2 or 3 cats piled in the bed I guess I should be lucky I actually get part of the bed to sleep on. When I was contacted by Wake & Wag bed about doing a review I thought maybe this was my chance to take back some of my bed.
The Wake & Wag dog bed is different. Made by SKYDEX Technologies, Inc., they are a company that manufactures a product that is used in the floor of military vehicles and combat training walls as well as mattresses for the military. They took the technology they use to make those mattresses and designed a dog bed. As you can image these aren’t ordinary mattresses. And it’s what sets the Wake & Wag dog bed part from other beds.
Wake & Wag Dog Bed Details
- Comes in 3 sizes: Medium for dogs less than 25lbs (24”W x 19”L x 1.75”H), Large for dogs 25-50lbs (37”W x 28”L x 1.75”H) and X-Large for dogs over 50lbs (41”W x 37”L x 3.5”H)
- Comes in Khaki & Black, Blue & Grey and Camo & Green.
- Machine washable cover
- Easy to clean mattress
Testing the Wake & Wag Dog Bed
The bed comes in 3 sizes (you can find information on how to choose the right size for your dog on their FAQS page). I ordered a large bed so it would be big enough for Mellie to lay on.
Once the bed arrived, I gave it an inspection. The outward appearance is that of a regular dog bed, smooth fabric with a bit of cushioning on one side. A zipper along the one side gives you access to the mattress. One side has a handle to make it easier to move the bed around. I thought that was a nice design touch and would be especially helpful in moving the bigger bed.
Then I unzipped it and found out it’s not like any dog bed you’ve seen before. The mattress is made of a clear cushy thick flexible plastic. It bounced back when I gave it a squeeze. When I sat on it, it supported my weight and didn’t sink to the ground.
I set the bed up on the floor in my room and waited for the dogs to discover it. Finally I would have room on MY bed to sleep. I ended up discovering that my dogs are spoiled. Mellie took to laying on it while I was watching TV or reading, but as soon as I was asleep, she claimed her spot on my bed. The cats took advantage of my dilemma and happily enjoyed having a comfy spot to sleep on that wasn’t crowded with dogs. I wanted to see what a true dog bed connoisseur thought so I took the bed to cousin Baxter’s house. At 15 years old, Baxter, my sister’s English Setter, had tried his share of dog beds so I thought his opinion would mean more than my spoiled rotten crew.
But before we headed to cousin Baxter’s I decided to wash the bed and see how it handled being cleaned. The cover was unzipped and thrown in the washer while the mattress went outside to be hosed off. It was easy enough to spray it off with a hose and set the mattress aside to dry outside while I waited for the cover to go through the washer and dryer. The cover made it through the cleaning just fine. I did have to use a lint roller on it to remove the hair that stuck to it (the curse of having white short haired dogs). It was very easy to insert the mattress back in and zip up. After having spent time trying to get misshapen mattresses into covers after washing, it was nice to not have to fight to put a bed back together.
Once at Baxter’s, I set the bed up next to his regular bed and put his blankie on it and he immediately went and laid on it. My sister set it up in their downstairs and Baxter enjoyed hanging out on it when they were busy down there. The Wake & Wag met his standards.
Wake & Wag Dog Bed Review Wrap-up
+ Completely washable. The cover unzips so you can throw it in the washer. The mattress can be cleaned with a mild soap and hosed off. It dries quickly so no worries about mold or mildew developing. It’s also easy to put the bed back together once dry. No fighting to get the mattress to fit back in.
+ Odor resistant. Great for dogs who are incontinent or to take when being boarded. With the plastic mattress, you don’t have to worry about it absorbing moisture like a polyfill or foam mattress would.
+ Mattress won’t wear like other dog beds. Over time with many dog beds an indention forms where your dog lies in because foam starts to wear or poly filled starts to shift. The Wake & Wag mattress is made to stand up to thousands of compressions. Even when I sat on it, the mattress didn’t compress to the floor. This can be a help for dogs with joint problems or who develop pressure sores on their elbows.
+ Recyclable. If the times comes that you need to get rid of the bed, the mattress can be recycled.
— Hair clings to the fabric. This can be a problem with any dog bed, though I’m always hopeful someone will invent a fabric that repels dog hair.The bane of white haired dogs is white hair shows up on anything dark. It still clung after going through the dryer necessitating the use of a lint roller.
— The price might put some people off. It’s higher than a bed you might buy at your local pet store. But the mattress should last longer than the bed from your local pet store.
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