Murphy is 185 pounds of wiggle-bum love. He’s a rescue dog and was basically a genetic mess saved from a backyard breeder. True to the Mastiff breed, he is a giant sweetheart and has my back 24/7.
Murphy had a crappy start to life. As soon I spoke with the rescue organization, I knew we had to save him and give him the love he so deserved. He wouldn't even look us in the eye for the first three months we had him and was terrified of everything. It took him six months to realize he was safe with us and in his forever home.
Murphy had lots of physical issues, too. When we first got Murphy he couldn’t sit properly. There were no park walks or mountain runs—he was in a lot of pain, and it was evident. The breeder had crossed an English Mastiff with a Neapolitan Mastiff, which shouldn’t have been done in the first place. He was neutered at 6 months—way too early—which resulted in him being extra long and lanky as he grew.
We worked with an orthopedic surgeon for two years to get him to his current state. He had three leg surgeries.
Both hind legs had torn ACLs that needed repair. His elbow bones did not fuse properly, and the surgeon removed a piece of floating bone from the elbow that was causing him to limp. Each of the surgeries required a strict 8-10 week recovery process. In total, he’s had seven surgeries to address his joint issues as well as cherry eye, the removal of a growth on his head, and dental surgery to correct a severe underbite.
At the young age of three, our Murphy has arthritis and elbow dysplasia.
Considering all of Murphy’s joint issues and his many surgeries, arthritis and joint pain are a given. I knew he had to have the right bed to support his weight and sore joints.
I went through crib mattresses and high-end mattresses from the pet store; I even tried to make my own from foam, and nothing, nothing worked. Everything sagged after a few weeks, and his body wound up touching the floor.
On the Mastiff websites, people are like, “I have a crib mattress.” I’m like, “Really? That’s made for a baby—under 30 lbs. That’s not gonna work!” I must have spent $400 to $500 easy replacing beds, trying this or that, and failing each time.
Since we got the Big Barker six months ago, Murphy sleeps right through the night. He’s not constantly getting up and turning around trying to find a position to relieve pressure points—he was constantly trying to fix his bed before to get comfortable.
Now he might get up and turn around once, but after that he’s out cold. And I’m not getting up all hours of the night. In the morning, he’s rested. He’s not achy or slow to get up. Now he wakes up and he’s like, “Let’s go, let’s get moving—it’s morning!” It’s made a big, big difference and I am so thankful for Big Barker.
Proper nutrition, lots of love, and lying on that Big Barker bed has been absolutely amazing for his joints. He’s running; he’s happy like a young pup should be, and most of all he can be a dog. He gets to live the life he deserves. Finally.
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