For two years, he spent his days and nights at our feet. He became a seventy pound lap dog and all was right with the world. When we announced we had a baby on the way, I swore to unbelieving friends and family that our firstborn would not lose rank but it wasn’t long before my swelling belly and piles of pillows forced him out of the family bed and onto the floor. He forgave us, once again, but he’s been on the floor ever since. On several occasions we purchased beds for him but they always found their way to the garage on the grounds that they were just too cumbersome, taking up an inordinate amount of space and a royal pain to keep clean. Thankfully, he’s seemed happy enough sprawled on the cool hardwoods. A few weeks ago as I was rifling through my fabric stash, I uncovered a panel of red and cream ticking and an oddly sized scrap of fleece and sometime later, an old no-skid rug mat. Somehow, my mind connected the three items…and he’s thankful. It came together so quickly that I thought the washable pet bed would be a great project for anyone who’s just beginning beginning to sew.