Remember Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee? Sadly, it appears, Bella was killed—most likely by coyotes. Staff pretty quickly realized Tarra must have carried Bella back from where she’d been killed because there was no sign of a struggle where Bella was found and there was blood on Tarra’s trunk. An amazing friendship. Don’t you wonder what stories they told each other over the years?
I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about this post—it’s time to update it! Elevated beds are great for dogs with painful joints. And they help keep your pup comfy when its’s hot, if the ground is damp, if there are ground dwelling bugs, etc.
There are plans for small or large beds. It has great tips on sourcing your materials so you save money—like looking for outdoor fabric in the second or remainders section of your fabric store, or checking with local companies that make awnings for businesses or boats to see if they have scraps. There are also invaluable tips to make sure you make a strong, durable bed. Sweet!
As an aside, Columbus Dog Connection looks like a remarkable group. Besides generously sharing such a great tutorial, it looks like the group is very busy. Check out the page on beds they’ve made for underfunded shelters—lots of volunteers and so many beds. Someone behind the scenes is doing great work. It takes an outstanding leader to organize so many volunteers and sponsors. Every rescue group should be so lucky!