Wolf Wednesday: Casper Mattress

Everyone has that one thing they splurge on. Shoes, organic food, your car. For me, it’s Lupin. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

When we were living in Chicago and every penny I made went towards bills, I would do everything in my power to treat him. I lived off a spreadsheet budget so that, during  each pay period, I would have a few dollars left over to buy a new box of treats or another new toy.

Even now, despite my stable income job, I’ve added grad school to my list of bills but still resiliently refuse to stop spoiling my wolf. I will happily forfeit a new pair of shoes (all the Carrie Bradshaws in the world are cringing, I know) if it means a new surprise for the pup.

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A few weeks back I stumbled across Casper Mattresses (thanks to the Skimm) and noticed they made dog beds. I did my research and found that, apparently, so did they.

110 prototypes were developed, 460 hours of laboratory testing and 11 months of dog sleep studies. The result: a combination of pressure-relieving memory foam and durable support foam wrapped in thick canvas.

There’s extra material on the surface for when dogs dig before laying down (their natural instinct from the wild), the sides are bolstered to create a safe space as dogs feel safest in enclosed areas and, most importantly in Lupin’s case, the cover material is made with one of the strongest bonded microfibers which can be removed and washed.

I bought it the next day.

Frantically checking the tracking status, the big day finally came. I dragged the box into the house, automatically triggering “Curious George” (our nickname for Lupin when he gets unbelievably nosy).

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The foam pieces come separate and you have to assemble it within the cover. I was a bit annoyed at first that assembly was required (I can’t even assemble a ratio-friendly PB & J) but it’s beyond simple and quick. Believe me, if I can do it, you can.

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I gave the bed a test run and then with promises of a kiss, I passed it over to it’s new owner.

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Casper even sent a little toy which Lupin has been playing with nonstop since. We’re working on his hand-eye (would it be mouth-eye?) coordination. It’s not going so well.

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The bed’s a bit pricy but if it lasts the way it’s meant to, I think it’s well worth the investment. If not, as long as he’s happy now, I’m happy.

What’s the one thing you can’t help but splurge on?

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