Pet owners can now sleep in giant dog beds: ‘It’s a need’
Have you ever wished you felt as pampered as your pet?
Now you can at least sleep like a dog with this new human-sized pet bed, thanks to two university students in Vancouver, Canada, who were so jealous of their pets that they decided to do something thing.
Noah Silverman and Yuki Kinoshita co-founded Plufl, designers of giant beds for dogs, but for humans. “Why should dogs have fun? they ask, as part of their fundraising campaign.
With over $290,000 raised by supporters who want to see the company succeed, their coveted invention is constantly evolving on social media.
On TikTok, an advertisement for the Plufl has so far 9.5 million views, with fans agreeing it’s a “dream” come true.
“It’s not a want, it’s a need,” one wrote. Added another, “If I bought this, I would never leave it.”
Even a bona fide animal expert gave the cushion two paws up. “As someone who works in a vet clinic and naps on the huge dog bed instead of the couch during night shifts, I strongly approve,” they said.
Some have been wary of spending it, with a $399 price tag as their Kickstarter campaign is underway.
According to the brand, “Our price reflects the cost of producing Plufls using ethical production and sustainable materials.”
The comfy bassinet is made of 4-inch-thick orthopedic memory foam, covered in plush faux fur and shaped with a form-fitting design. The machine-washable crib weighs 20 pounds and is just over 5.5 feet long and 3 feet wide — just big enough for one or two adult-sized humans to snuggle in, according to the makers. Building on the current model, they hope to launch multiple sizes to cradle any human body.
“It is created to maximize comfort and promote a sense of security, providing relief to those suffering from ADHD, stress and anxiety related issues,” the creators claimed.
Kinoshita and Silverman said they were inspired by their friend, Lady, an affable Great Dane who regularly appears at their favorite cafe, South West News Service reported. The breed can grow nearly 3 feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds, so requires an oversized custom bed.
They are also big believers in the power of naps. Sufficient sleep, sometimes obtained with extra Zs during the day, is proven to help regulate cortisol levels – the stress hormone – and increase productivity and alertness, compared to those deprived of rest.
And they’re right to assume there’s a big market out there waiting for the perfect excuse to take a nap — as around 65% of Americans said that restful sleep eludes them. That’s why, said the inventors of Pflufl, their nap bag is “an investment in your productivity and well-being.”