I found this yarn at Walmart, Lion Brands Hometown USA, its bulky and soooo soft. I LOVE it. I originally bought it to try a hat or two for my Etsy shop, but when I found out I was going to be getting my frenchie I decided to make her a mat for the kitchen floor, since thats where she spends a lot of her time until she is house broken. Its so thick it is very stiff after I worked a huge circle, just like a rug. It is about half an inch thick. I just chained 6, joined, worked 8 hdc into the ring, worked 2 hdc into each stitch around, and kept increasing until it got to the size I wanted.
I gave it to her tonight since she hasnt shown any interest in the rug or her blankets (I didnt want her to chew it and choke on any strands). It has become her spot for the new treats I got her today. So I guess I will also find out how well it washes.