The Ruff Wear Highlands Dog Bed caught our eye because it is water repellant. Usually when camping and backpacking we just bring towels, blankets and maybe their regular beds (when car camping). After about 20 minutes they are dirty and damp from sitting on the ground.
Because of the other greats feature of this bed are that it is compact (measures 12” X 5” in its stuff sack) and lightweight (14 oz.) it is great for backpacking. We were looking forward to trying it out on a camping trip this fall. Unfortunately, any kind of fall weather I would get caught camping in has passed so we missed our window this year.
However, I had another great use in mind for this bed.
When we go hiking and snowshoeing in the winter Chester and Gretel have to stand around on the cold ground when we stop for breaks. I thought because this bed was small enough to fit in a daypack and insulated it would be a great thing to bring with us for them to stand on.
Last weekend we went on our first snow hike of the season up to Source Lake. When we stopped at the top for a snack I laid the bed on the snow and put Chester and Gretel on it.
Knowing that they don’t easily stand where I tell them, I expected them to walk right off of it. They stayed on it though long enough for me to get some cool photos.
When I sat down to eat my lunch they just laid there and watched me. I figured they stayed on the bed because they were almost eye level with me and they could stare me down in delusional anticipation while I ate my sandwich.
When it was time to head back down the trail I grabbed the bed and tried to pull it out from underneath them. To my shock, they wouldn’t budge! The just laid there doing their best rock impression (like Granite…not the tanned-former-wrestler-turned-actor).
I gave the bed a more determined tug and Gretel desperately tried to hold on. As I pulled it away from her she pawed at it and tried to stand on any corner she could.
I am definitely taking this bed on every winter trip we do from now on!
This thing is great! Any moisture beads up on the surface and can easily be shaken off.
While it is not super thick it is insulated enough to keep the dog’s feeties from freezing on the cold ground. Since Chester and Gretel are small dogs, they both fit easily on the one bed.
I am in love with this bed and Chester and Gretel seem to be too!
The honest truth: We contacted Ruff Wear because we truly over their products and after reading our review policy they agreed to send us one of their Highlands Dog Beds for review. I was not paid for the review of this product and all thoughts are my own. I wanted to share this product with you only because I think it is so great.