With another mega snowstorm bearing down on NYC (there’s nothing quite as grating yet reassuring as falling asleep to the scraping of snowplows barreling down the street), I sure wish I had a hairy, smelly beast of the canine variety to snuggle up with in bed.

Using Cupcake as a living, breathing stuffed animal when it’s cold and blustery outside and then making her sleep somewhere else the rest of the time is one of the joys of dog ownership, right?

For those of you that, like me, don’t have a pooch to hold close and cuddle during cold winter nights, the next best thing might be a little microwaveable wheat- and lavender-filled pillow with a cutsey bulldog print on it. Well, maybe it’s not the best substitute but it’s something.

Spotted over at Re-NestHotdog Wheat Warmers from Glasgow, Scotland-based Etsy artisan Showpony (aka Emma Henderson) are a handmade alternative to leaky hot water bottles for people who don’t have the luxury of dragging a dog into bed for a wintertime snuggle session. And for people who have dogs, too, I suppose.

Available in four designs — Rufus (Dachshund), Daisy (English Bulldog), Jack (Fox Terrier) and Prince (Chihuahua) — Hot Dog Wheat Warmers are colorful organic Fair Trade cotton mini-pillows printed with water-based inks and filled with wheat and lavender. Pop one in the microwave for a couple of minutes and it will stay toasty for a couple of hours. Writes Showpony: “Use her to sooth away aches and pains, warm up your bed or just give you a cosy cuddle on the couch. She's cleaner, easier to look after and smells much better than your own dog.”

Hot Dog Wheat Warmers are $40 each at Showpony’s Etsy storefront. Buy one or the entire gang for those extra chilly nights. 

Via [Re-Nest]

Images: Showpony

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

A natural bed warmer with pooch appeal
Hotdog Wheat Warmers from Showpony are handmade organic cotton bed warmers that aren't as messy as hot water bottles and almost as lovable as the 'real thing'.