DIY Home Ideas

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By The Bark Editors, June 2011, Updated June 2021

Double duty
When Dan and Amy Weinberg of Galloway, Ohio, couldn’t find a raised triple feeder that suited their tastes and their German Shepherds’ height, Dan made one to measure from a Corian countertop, then built and stained a hardwood base for it to rest on.
Outside, Dan looked at a log and saw a water-bowl holder. First, he carved a bowl-sized hole, then drilled through the log and anchored it to the ground with a piece of rebar. No more empty rolling bowls for the Weinberg dogs!

Potty Patio
Seasonal wind and rainstorms were making it hard for Stacie Holub of Gilbert, Ariz., to get her pup JD outside for bathroom breaks. With the help of her father, she assembled a shelter over the doggie door, giving JD some peace of mind when he does his business during a downpour. As a bonus, the patio also provides shade.

Mud be gone!
Diane Ward, her family and her Border Collies live on a sheep and horse farm in Whitefish, Mont., where winter snows are closely followed by prodigious amounts of mud in the spring. This inspired her to create a tiled indoor shower in her laundry area so she could hose off the dogs with warm water (and clean muddy boots as well).

Foiled again!
Rhetty, the high-jumping senior Golden mix, can’t leap this nifty six-foot-high gate, constructed by Annie Manchester of Lexington, S.C., from closet shelving material. She attached it to the inside of a hall closet with plastic brackets that allow it to be folded flat when not in use.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 61: Sept/Oct 2010

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