Backpacking Doggy Bed

Desiree and I have been getting excited, and making last-minute preparations for our backpacking trip coming up to the Cirque of the Towers and the Temple Peaks area of the Wind River Range in Wyoming.  A couple of nights ago, Desiree made a smart, light-weight doggy bed for Gooch, our black lab, to take.  It turned out so good, I’m thinking these ought to be sold at REI or something.

She took the old fleece blanket Gooch used on all our previous backpacking trips and trimmed off the ragged edges…

…and then cut out a piece of an old brown tarp we had for the bottom of the bed.

Then she took the fleece blanket and tarp inside where she pinned and sewed the tarp to the fleece blanket around the edges:

The fleece blanket was folded in half so it was two-layers thick, with the tarp on the bottom.  She used a dark green thread, and I was lovin’ the earthy, outdoorsy colors of it:

Here’s Gooch trying out the new backpacking doggy bed while chewing on his bone:

I love how Desiree was able to take his old fleece blanket and an old tarp we had, and use her skills to make this light-weight, quick-drying, and good-looking doggy bed for backpacking trips.  And Gooch seemed to approve when he grabbed the new bed and looked up at us as if to say, “I’m all set, can we go yet?”

We’re back from our trip now.  The backpacking bed worked out great.  It was easy to roll up and strap to his backpack.

Here’s Gooch relaxing on his new bed at our last camp:

7 Replies to Backpacking Doggy Bed

  1. Desiree says:

    REI worthy, huh? Wow I’m blushing

  2. Russ says:

    Pure Genius!

  3. Destinee says:

    That’s awesome!! Looks great Desiree! :) Love the last two photos of Gooch.

  4. Hunter Davidson says:

    This is a great idea. Even the faithful dog can have his own camping space and experience.

  5. Maria D says:

    Thank you for posting this. I found it during a google search and thought to try it. I’m taking my 2 yro pound puppy backpacking for her first time and wanted to make it enjoyable. It took about an hour start to finish and she’s been sleeping on it every since. One thing I did was I left a small side open making it a pillowcase more or less so I can insert a closed cell foam pad. It will be 20° at night so adding the warmth and protection was crucial. Again, thank you for your creative idea.

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