There are certain things you just have to deal with when you get a dog. Fur. Walking when it’s raining or cold. Tracked-in dirt (or wiping their feet at the door). But what made me crazy was the dog bed saga. We bought ’em; Dilly just kept destroying them. For the past few months, we’ve been making do with a pile of rugs and comforters — washable and inexpensive, but looked messy. Then I found a company called K-9 Ballistics. Now that sounded tough! The company sells dog beds specifically made to resist chewers: they’re made of ballistic nylon and the closure is located on the bottom of the bed, so there’s no tempting zipper within reach. We ordered an extra-large bed for each of our extra-large dogs, and at 38″x54″ they’re HUGE. Yet they cost $129 each, which is no more than I paid for the last bed that was torn apart. The dogs already enjoy lying on them. I’ll let you know how it goes. — Mary T.