Big Dog Bed Company came into being because of the difficulty we experienced finding a large, good quality bed for our German Shepherd. Not only were the available beds not big enough, but the filling was inadequate and quickly became flattened. Even when we did find a well filled bed of the right size, there was the problem of an almost permanently damp bed. Whether coming in from a wet winter walk or following a swim in the summer, if Ludvic were to use his bed while wet, the water would soak into the filling so that neither he nor the bed would dry for hours, filling the house with wet dog pong!
We thought, we can’t be the only people experiencing this, so having a background in research and hence being a problem solver, we created Big Dog Bed Company with the aim of making the beds we couldn’t buy – good looking, extra large beds that are firmly filled, waterproof and odour free with a long useful life.
To achieve that, for two years before going to market, we trialled different materials and styles to find those that did the job we wanted. That was over ten years ago now, and while there has certainly been an improvement in the availability of quality dog beds since then, we still feel ours offer a unique combination of features.
Our beds are largely focused on larger dogs, but we now also cater for smaller furries in our Active Recovery® pressure relief range for dogs with arthritis and joint issues. This was requested by veterinary physiotherapists who were looking for a bed they could recommend to their clients.
It is this partnership between veterinary professionals and ourselves that has led to the development of a range of physio. We have also branched out into the veterinary sector in the belief that dogs should be comfortable wherever they are, at home, in the car, on holiday or when in the vets.
Our founding dog, Ludvic is no longer with us now, but is immortalised in our company logo. Our Chair Dog is now Monty, a Beauceron. He’s a dog that is full of fun, energy and with a significant sense of humour. He enjoys agility and squirrel chasing. He does not enjoy the car. He also likes modelling the beds, but he doesn’t like his photo taken at any other time, bizarrely!