Dogs deserve the best, from the types of food they eat to the quality cuddle time you give them once you’ve finally gotten the job done. After all those long walks and tummy rubs, your favorite pup will need a comfortable place to put his paws. If the couch is out (as it probably should be), then your best bet is to point them in the direction of their crate. This is especially true if you have a puppy that still needs potty training or an older dog that has bladder control issues. Either way, a crate can help nurture your pet’s den instinct—a dog’s natural propensity to hide where it’s soft and comfortable—and keep your home from turning into a game zone while you are in the office or asleep.
While crates come in all varieties, one in particular has been getting a lot of attention online these days. The Fable Crate is a super sleek and modern option that’s nothing like the sturdy metal ones you’ve no doubt seen (and maybe used) in the past. It’s handcrafted from bentwood, which is a type of wood (often beech or ash) that has been bent and shaped (rather than cut) to achieve its final shape. Often used for rocking chairs, this process makes the wood more flexible. In Fable’s case, the use of bentwood helps give the crate a slightly curved look, makes it easy to clean with a damp cloth or pet-safe wood cleaning solutions, and it’s punctuated with square holes, allowing greater air circulation.
The crate, which is available from Fable for $395, also comes with a metal or acrylic door, which you can customize to suit your preferences. While spending nearly $400 on a dog crate might make you gasp, there’s a reason you’re paying extra for this model: It was designed to double as a side table. If you love the minimalist aesthetic at home (and are tired of going to Ikea for anything that matches that vibe), something like this could be a great way to spruce up your home’s decor while by providing excellent service to your pooch. . Think of it as two things: one part dog crate, the other part a functional piece of furniture.
Available in extra-small to small and medium sizes, the Fable crate is ideal for dogs weighing up to 50 pounds and can comfortably accommodate a correspondingly sized bed. You can even buy one from Fable’s site, with prices starting at $95. Consider grabbing both the crate and the Fable bed today, and give your pup a really sweet den to call to himself.
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