We used the amazing P.L.A.Y. beds for the nursing mamas and puppies that we took in after Hurricane Harvey.
They are mess-resistant, and small neonate puppies don’t get lost in the folds like they do with blankets and regular dog beds. We use nothing else with our nursing mamas and neonates because we have had puppies become injured when they got caught in the folds of the beds and blankets. The P.L.A.Y. beds’ flat design makes them the perfect companion for whelping beds, and they aren’t so cumbersome that they are difficult to clean. They are also easy to stack, making them great for transport runs without taking up valuable space.
Katie came into our rescue with week-old puppies (first two photos). She had no milk and the puppies were starving. We were able to offer a comfortable P.L.A.Y. bed to relax in, and we supported the puppies on our laps on another P.L.A.Y. bed to bottle-feed. We didn’t have to worry that they would become tangled or injured in the bed even though they were so small. All of her puppies survived (which is not the norm) and have found their forever homes, as has Katie.
Schmidt (third photo) had to have abdominal surgery and really needed a cushioned bed on which to recover. However, he tended to tear up conventional beds, ripping out the stuffing and tearing the lining, creating a choking concern — not to mention providing no support for him to relax and recover. The P.L.A.Y. bed provided a soft, cushioned surface with a durable exterior that he wasn’t able to chew through. He has made a complete recovery and found his forever home.
Lillian (fourth photo) came to us with day-old puppies. Three of her puppies died within hours of being born however the last two are doing great in foster care with their PLAY bed keeping them warm when Lillian takes her potty breaks. Considering these puppies are the size of mice they would get tangled in blankets and suffocate in the folds of traditional beds. PLAY beds are the perfect fit for normal whelping beds and even makeshift smaller “box” whelping beds.