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Cooling Dog Bed – Rescinding Review

June 2014, we gave the Cooling Dog Bed a positive review. Unfortunately, we must retract/rescind the below review. June 2015, we took out our Cool Pet Pad and it looked like this: Cool Pet Pad Rescind

As you can see, the cooling gel in the product dried up or evaporated. We had stored this in our apartment in the closet, as such, it was stored at normal temperatures and conditions. We had only used it a few times.

We spoke with the company, The Green Pet Shop, and they said that this happened to some of the earlier models of this product and they offered to exchange ours for a new one. Here’s what they said:

“We have and always will replace any defective items that have been purchased either through our site or through any third party vendors. The issue had to do with evaporation and the environment the pads were kept in. The outer cover was a bit too porous and since the gel is water based, water evaporated over time and the pad dried up. We have sold over 100,000 pads over the past two years and this has happened to a few hundred, so it’s less than 1%, but that’s still too many for us. As I stated in the last email, we have straightened out this issue and there should not be any more evaporation that occurs in this years production run.

The pads carry a limited one year guarantee. We cannot be responsible for neglect such as rips and tears as a result of a pets claws, nails, and teeth. We cannot be responsible for mold if the pad is kept in dirty, muddy, or wet conditions without cleaning.

Other than that, we have at times forgone the guarantee and replaced pads for our customers in an effort to keep them all satisfied.”

At Dogsized, we recommend products based on our own opinions – we do not get paid for our reviews. We only write about products we like. Unfortunately in this scenario, the product we liked didn’t perform for us over time and we feel it’s our fiduciary duty to tell our readers this happened.

We decided not to get the replacement product.

If you purchased the product and need a replacement, please let us know and we’ll send you The Green Pet Shop’s contact information.

cooling dog bed

The Cool Pet Pad – finally a cooling dog bed

Is your dog looking for a good place to cool down? We found a great solution! It’s this fantastic Cool Pet Pad that is a self-cooling cushion. When your dog lays down on this cooling dog bed, it activates the cooling gel in the pad. In fact, it’s even great for humans if you sit on it or lay back on it. We sat on the Cool Pet Pad after running and also after hours of standing and found it to be very soothing and cooling!

The Cool Pet Pad will remain cooler than the surrounding temperature for about 2-3 hours of constant use. How it does this remains a mystery to us. We reviewed the patent documents, but we’re not materials engineers, so it was a bit “greek” to us. Regardless, we have tested it and we think it’s amazing!

Here are some other cool (yes, pun intended) facts:

  • Requires NO refrigeration, water or electricity
  • Recharges automatically
  • Portable and easily folds
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Durable and easy to clean (wipe off with damp cloth)
Reggie Cool Pet Pad

Reggie on his Cool Pet Pad

It comes in 4 sizes:
Small: < 25 lbs Pad Dimensions: 11.8″ x 15.7″
Medium: 25 -69 lbs Pad Dimensions: 15.7″ x 19.7″
Large: 70-99lbs Pad Dimensions: 35″ x 23.6″
X-Large: 100lbs+ Pad Dimensions:: 45″ x 27.5″

The patented Cool Pet Pad was created by The Green Pet Shop. It’s their mission to create products that care for our pets without compromising the environment.

In 2010, Larry Wright founded The Green Pet Shop and his son, Brian, came on board in 2012. Their 5 year old St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees mixed dog, Reggie, uses his Cool Pet Pad every day. It’s literally his favorite place to lie in the house wherever it’s placed.

Our Top 4 Favorite Dog Bed Brands

Finding a great dog bed is easier said than done. While there are a lot of dog beds on the market, it’s not easy to find great quality. So we’ve done the homework for you to find you the best quality and stylish dog beds on the market. We’ve linked them for easy shopping. Here are our Top 4 Favorite Dog Bed Brands (note these are not in any particular order):

Crypton-Dog-Bed 1. Crypton Dog Beds
We love how very stylish and modern Crypton dog beds are! They’re made not only for your dog, but also to be a beautiful accent piece in your home. Best of all, they are built-to-last and unbelievably resistant to troublesome stains, moisture, odor and bacteria. The beds are made in the U.S. & fillers are produced from recycled bottles.
Jax and Bones Dog Bed 2. Jax and Bones Dog Beds
These sophisticated dog beds from Jax and Bones are fabulous! They use the most beautiful, sophisticated fabrics and are also very well constructed. All bedding is made in the U.S., filled using eco-friendly fiber and machine washable!  Best of all, their beds are for all dog sizes from small to large dogs up to 110lbs.
memory foam orvis bed 3. Orvis Dog Beds
Orvis makes handsome dog beds which have various features from Tempur-Pedic and Memory Foam to “ToughChew”. They have a Dog Bed Selector that helps you to pick out the right design, shape and fill material for your dog. You can also customize it with your dog’s name or have extra length for multiple dogs or for dogs who like to stretch out.
Enchanted Home 4. Enchanted Home Dog Beds
Are you looking for a dog bed that looks like an actual sofa? Then you must check out Enchanted Home’s dog beds. Made for the smaller sized dog, these beds have unique designs which make them look like “human furniture”, but sized for dogs. They are well made and often have unique characteristics, such as hidden storage.

Cloud7 – an Amazing European Dog Brand

Cloud7

The Dog Bed Cozy

To kick off Fashion Week and Back to School, we’re highlighting one of the most fashionable dog brands on the market, Cloud7. Based in Berlin, they offer stylish, contemporary products and accessories for dogs and dog lovers.

Cloud7 Dog Carrier

Cloud7 Dog Carrier

Founder Petra Jungebluth enjoyed a successful career in fashion design and marketing for iconic brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Liz Clairborne, before stepping out on her own. Petra started Cloud7 to develop all those products that she as a pet owner had always wanted and couldn’t find, i.e. unique products with playful designs, made only from premium, eco-friendly quality.

We were excited to chat with Petra about her company and designs:

Let’s start out with the most interesting question – tell us about your dogs!

Cloud7

Freddy and Johan

This is Johan, our 13 year old Black Lab. He’s very much the muse and inspiration behind Cloud 7. No product is released without Johan’s testing and approval. Johan now has a little brother, Freddy, a 4 month old Silken Windsprite. Johan can be quite selfish and protective over his belongings (especially his food bowls and his toys), but much to our relief the Johan and Freddy are just getting along great and have become buddies.

What’s the Cloud7 design concept?

cloud7 - Dog Sleeping Bag

The Dog Sleeping Bag

The initial idea behind Cloud 7 was to design products that simply look good and straight forward. No tacky details or ornamental pattern prints. For example, dog beds are a pretty big piece of furniture in people’s homes and I thought they should just match nicely to the rest of a sophisticated environment. We wanted to only use chic and high quality, durable, organic fabrics/materials. The dog beds also needed to be designed to meet the needs dog’s needs and physics. It has that German design heritage – simple and functional shapes with the best possible quality inside.

cloud7 - Sleepy Dog Bed

The Sleepy Dog Bed

What are your most popular products?

It’s quite funny, but our first design, the dog bed “Sleepy” is still our best seller. Second most popular is the “Travel Bed”.

 

We love that Cloud7 has duvet covers for dog beds. Do they work for all beds?

Actually we have replacement covers for all the dog beds we make. They’re great for a nice change of color or to use when one has to go into the washing machine.

 

cloud7 -  Dog Travel Bed

The Dog Travel Bed

Are your products eco friendly?

Yes – where ever possible, we are working with the most eco-friendly and organic materials coming from organic farming. In some rare cases, we need to do a little compromise to be able to offer affordable prices. Being able to offer purely organic materials in all consequences has its price.

Where are your products produced?

We know the handshake of everyone involved. That’s very important for us. We are working with small family owned businesses within reach, great people who know their handicraft. None of the people we work with is more than 100 miles away from our office.

cloud7Any new product launches?

Coming very soon. We’re about to release a fully new design of a dog bed, made from felt, coming as a set of dog bed, storage box for toys and a placement for bowls all in one design. We have also begun to work on a new collection of coats, very minimal and “Comme des Garcons” style.

Where can our Dogsized fans purchase your products?

We’re still very new on the American market. We have a few great retailers stock our brand: Mark & Graham in New York and Garde in Hollywood. They are also available for purchase at Cloud7.

Crypton Dog Beds – Stylish and Durable

Crypton-Dog-BedWe first discovered Crypton Dog Beds as a tip from one of our Dogsized fans that purchased one. We loved how very stylish and modern their beds are. Best of all, they are built-to-last and unbelievably resistant to troublesome stains, moisture, odor and bacteria. We wanted to learn more about Crypton, so we reached out to them to get the scoop:

Tell us about the owners of Crypton:

Crypton Dog BedRandy Rubin and her husband Craig, are the owners of Crypton and together, they researched and developed the brand from the basement of their Michigan home. They wanted to create fabric that could stand up to life’s messes and still be touchable and beautiful. Today, Crypton is 21 years old and they have an extensive product line ranging from upholstery products for your home or business to carpet, wall coverings, pet products and cleaning products.

Crypton Super Fabrics Molly B Pet BedMolly B. Rubin, their dog, is a vital part of Randy and Craig’s personal life and is also the business mascot. Molly comes to the office every day and goes to each person to say “hello”. The whole company has got in on the fun – one person brings in dog treats, another hides toys for her, of course many provide hugs and kisses. Molly is a really calm and obedient little dog-person. She’s not wild about other dogs, except her boyfriend Max Katz (who is a larger dog). Molly actually tests out all the dog beds – believe it or not there are some she rejects—and Crypton takes a rejection from her very seriously.

What’s behind the inspiration of Crypton dog bed designs?

crypton dog bed aquaWe come up with the designs from the residential furniture world. People don’t want their pet beds to stick out like a sore thumb – we believe Crypton dog beds can serve as beautiful accent pieces and should be of the same quality used in furniture. Our beds are designed to fit into many places, always look good and not be a throw away item. The respect for high design is clearly shown in our work with William Wegman over the past 8 years.

How are the beds made? Are they made in the U.S.?

crypton dog bed persimmonThe beds are made in North Carolina. They are made to last so we use heavy duty thread, zippers and other components. Whenever the supply is available, our fillers are made from recycled pop bottles. We don’t always have the ability to get this, but we really prefer it when we can. All fabrics are made via a process that holds the highest Green Guard Certification which is Gold.

Crypton uses first quality upholstery material that is made for heavy duty usage. The beds are made with Crypton Super Fabric so they are very easy to clean and disinfect. Covers can be removed for washing.

“Molly loves her bed that she has had for over 8 years—it is like her blanky and if we threw it out and gave her something new she would be very sad,” said Randy, founder of Crypton.

What are your most popular products? Why?

crypton super fabrics throver

 

Our most popular pet products are the “Throvers” because they are beautiful accent pieces and they can cover furnishings that are not made of Crypton.

Customers use them in cars and anywhere else your dog would want to sit on something that is waterproof yet comfortable. Clearly, they also give dog owners some peace of mind.