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I am looking for a dog bed for camping in cold weather. What do you guys use? I was thinking about just getting a foam mat and a blanket. But i am open to any product that is out there. I just don't know what is good. I just want to make sure it is at least semi water resistant and will keep him warm on the ground.
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How big is your dog? What size pad do you need? I may have a half of a small Z-Lite that may work for you.

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85 lbs, black lab mix, 30 inches long.  i was considering getting this one.

Dog Bed AMAZON
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For car camping, or backpacking?  I backpack with my chessie, he's about the size of your dog.  He carries his own Ruffwear Highlands Bed: http://www.campmor.com/ruffwea....yword}n .  It's not cheap, but you can occasionally find it on sale, and it's by far the lightest and most compressible dog bed around.  Fits nicely in a Floyd's backpack.  It is on the small side for a large dog, but curled up, it keeps Floyd off the ground, and gives him some insulation.  For backpacking, I can highly recommend it.  I have also heard of people using the Z-lite, so Ray's suggestion will certainly work.
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Ray's chunk of Z Lite sounds like a good answer.

My pooch has done fine on a small-ish piece of a yoga mat in temps down to  a ways below freezing.  That was in a solo tent with me though.  I keep threatening to get her something a little thicker.  I would try to keep it down to a few ounces even if she is carrying it.

The 2-1/2 pound one listed above looks heavy and probably not as good at insulating from cold or frozen ground as a 3-4 oz piece of a closed cell foam pad.
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We use a z-lite folded in half for our dog.  He's got physical issues now so when he goes with us in the winter he rides in one of the sleds.

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jhturbo, if you don't have to order it today wait until tomorrow if you can. It is in my gear room at the apartments next door and I don't feel like dressing warm to walk over. (And having to dig out the garage.;-) I have to go put stuff away tomorrow and will see what I have there.

A Z-Lite pad will be waterproof, offer 2.6 r-value, and weigh 4 or 5 oz.

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He's got physical issues now so when he goes with us in the winter he rides in one of the sleds.

Cool. I have physical issues, can I ride in the sled too?

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To the OP...three dogs.

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He's got physical issues now so when he goes with us in the winter he rides in one of the sleds.

Cool. I have physical issues, can I ride in the sled too?

Sure,


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Dog bed?. Jees.

My dog sleeps happily on the bottom corner of my sleeping bag when I'm alone...when I'm with a zip-together-sleeping bag partner, he sleeps in the little triangle between our feet.

But the first time he farts, he sleeps outside with his nose under his tail like the sled-dogs in the Iditarod...to be completely covered by wind-blown snow in the morning.

He doesn't like this much, so about 3 every morning, he whines and begs to go outside...then passes gas, and immediately wants to come back in to sleep comfortably in human warmth...
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The half-pad I have is 20 x 30 if that works for you jhturbo,

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In the cold seasons, not winter, I don't the dog then, but in late fall usually, I just use a half section of some old blue closed cell foam.  It's dirty and ratty, but she doenst' seem to mind.  In the summer, she'll just have to sleep on the ground.

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.when I'm with a zip-together-sleeping bag partner, he sleeps in the little triangle between our feet.

But the first time he farts, he sleeps outside with his nose under his tail like the sled-dogs in the Iditarod..


Pretty mean thing to do to your partner...but I guess it gives your dog more room


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.when I'm with a zip-together-sleeping bag partner, he sleeps in the little triangle between our feet.

But the first time he farts, he sleeps outside with his nose under his tail like the sled-dogs in the Iditarod..


Pretty mean thing to do to your partner...but I guess it gives your dog more room

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Whichever one my wife tells me to use.
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Ray your way seems to be the way to go. I just want to make sure he stays insulated off the ground. He is kind of a pansy at times.
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I am heading out right now for an overnighter. Send me an email, rayestrella AT
hotmail DOT com I should be back before noon tomorrow.

By the way it weighs 6 oz and folds up to 20 x 5 x 2

It is two-thirds of one of these.

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella


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Hello. Did you want it?

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... I just use a half section of some old blue closed cell foam.

So do I but, inevitably, when I wake during the night, my girl has full possession of the bottom of my inflatable and my legs are off to the side.  I've tried to move her off but I'm no match for those puppydog eyes.
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