I love almost all creatures. Just not toads, snakes and frogs. Especially not frogs. They jump AT you. Seriously. There is one that lives by my air conditioner and I am pretty sure it is trying to kill me. I HATE him. Ooh, and bugs suck, too.
In spite of my occasional creature aversions, I have my own little furry menagerie of pets that I absolutely adore. Plus, I kind of sort of wind up taking in a lot of animals that need homes and trying to find them one. Oh, and I have kind of have names for the neighborhood dogs and horses. They aren’t the names their owners call them, but ‘Wesley’ sure comes when I call for him anyway. So if it’s fuzzy I’ll probably love it. And name it.
The only dog that actually belongs to me is Agatha. I never wanted a big dog, but when I went to the animal shelter, she’s the one I chose. To be fair, she was an itty bitty thing and I was told that she was 2 years old and fixed. Whatever. She was also going to be put down that morning which basically sealed it and I signed her papers. A trip to the vet down the road and on the same day informed me that she was about 6 months old, oh and by the way, she’s in heat. Great!
None of that mattered, though. Now and since the beginning I have loved my amazing mutt so much. My constant companion and protector, I do my best to take care of her, too. Even going so far as making her supper per the vet’s instruction rather than buying processed dog food (because it was doing bad things to her insides).
Aggie’s almost 10 years old now and I think that she’s starting to feel it. The vet says she’s in perfectly good health with the exception of her inexplicable and extreme case of halitosis. But I still worry about her and I started to notice that when she’s eating these fine meals I get to cook for her, she appears to be in pain from bending over to the floor. So I decided to bring the food a bit closer to her level and throw in some extra storage for her treats, toys, etc.
Does your doggie want their own feeding station? It’s really pretty easy. You’ll need: a two cubby wood shelf (I purchased mine for $24 with a 40% off coupon at Michael’s), metal dog bowls with a lip, 4 wooden candle holder cups (in the wood craft section of hobby stores), jigsaw, drill, 4 wood screws, screw driver, paint or wood stain, paint brush.
STEP 1: Measure out your bowls and mark circles on the top of your shelf (with the open cubbies facing you). I first made and “X” on top of each cubby to mark the center, then I used a compass to draw my circles. I measured the middle of the lip of the bowl to the other side middle of the lip. It was 8 inches, so I made my circles 7.75 inches to be safe.
STEP 2: Use a jig saw and cut your circles out so that you have holes in the tops of the shelves. Or if you work it like I do, tell your boyfriend to get to sawing and take back control when he’s through!
Stain or paint your shelf and your four candle holder cups. Allow to dry. I left mine 24 hours, just to be safe.
STEP 3: Get a drill bit that is not quite as big as your screws (I hold the bit and the screw up to one another to check). First, drill a hole in the candle cup. Next, drill a hole into the corner of the bottom of your shelf. Use your wood screwdriver to attach the cups to the shelf upside down (so that the opening is facing you). Tighten but listen because if you tighten too much, your cups will crack.
STEP 4: Varnish to provide some protection from your drooly friend. Add your bowls, cubbies, some food and water and step back and watch your pooch enjoy!