Off the Shelf
Wiley, the new Bay Woof test dog, loves her Benebone dog chews. A youngster with still-bright, tartar-free pearly whites, she tears up plush or rubber squeaky toys in a flash, so only has them while supervised. Benebones, on the other hand, are nice because they appear built to last.
At 35 pounds, Wiley is a medium dog, but the small Benebone chews seemed to be the right fit for her. The irregularly shaped, flavor-infused nylon bones — Pawplexer, Wishbone, and Dental Chew — keep her entertained for long stretches. She has been gnawing away at hers for a few weeks now and still likes them. She hasn’t expressed a real preference for any flavor — bacon, chicken, peanut, and mint. The Pawplexer, billed as an interactive chew because one can stuff a bully stick, jerky, or something similar into the center, is her go-to Benebone.
The hefty chews are made by a family business in New York City from bacon, peanut, chicken, and mint sourced from the United States without chemicals or artificial flavors. The packaging presents funny bios about Benebone employees, including Don, Bob, and Dave, which hint at company’s family-friendly vibe. Find out more at
The chews are available on Chewy.com, Amazon.com, and independent pet retailers and cost $11.95 to $18.95. In August, Benebone released its newest product, the Maple Stick. Wiley’s has been set aside until she tires of (or destroys) the others, though that so far seems impossible, because these chews are super sturdy. They reportedly retain their scent and thus doggie attractiveness from a few days up to a few weeks.
Since 2014, Benebone has supported dog shelters and rescue centers with monthly donation boxes totaling more than 100 Benebone toys every 30 days, the company said. A nice gesture.
Wiley has also been testing out a new bed from Nest Bedding. She curls up quietly in the Bolstered Dog Bed, size medium, sent to Bay Woof and stirs little all night long when it is positioned next to the humans’ bed. She’s equally happy in it when it’s stationed in the living room or the office.
Nest Bedding is a family-owned, factory direct bedding and mattress company, and the Bolstered Dog Bed is one of its recently introduced new lines of stylish organic, all-natural dog beds. Handmade, the Bolstered Dog Bed contains green waste — recycled plastic fill, described as “breathable and non-absorbent.” The bolstering offers “pressure point relief,” which aids older dogs, and the exterior is an off-white, breathable canvas cotton fabric (“Thoughtfully handmade with natural canvas in California, without any dyes or harmful chemicals,” Nest Bed states). The Bolstered Dog Bed begins at $69. Nest Bedding also makes a new Wool Dog Bed, which starts at $109, and has other styles of beds as well.
After a month or so, Wiley’s Bolstered Dog Bed started to smell, well, like her — a dog, in other words. And so, as the manufacturer and the public relations representative suggested, I tossed it in the washing machine, intending to hang it to dry as instructed once washed. Ours, however, is not a front-loading washing machine, and the middle spindle didn’t truly allow for a thorough washing nor adequate spinning, so the bed came out a little waterlogged. I placed it in the sun to dry but ultimately put it in the dryer, worried it wouldn’t dry naturally before bedtime. The bed is malleable, so retaining its original shape was not a problem.
Looks like Nest Bedding, according to its website, offers a 100-night trial, a great way to decide if it’s the right bed for your furry companion, plus free shipping.
Wiley’s Bolstered Dog Bed is definitely a keeper. Learn more at NestBedding.com.
Main article photo by: courtesy Benebone