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By Donna from Foymount, Ontario
I think that's a really good idea, a nice looking & inexpensive alternative to an expensive dog shelf, however, I think you are asking for trouble to have it so close to that outlet! Dogs are so messy when they drink water, it could short out the outlet and/or whatever is plugged into it, possibly hurting the dog. Or your pup might decide to nibble on the wires!
I have always had large dogs, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Great Pyrenees, etc. Many years ago, my husband made each pet a table that was best suited to the height of the animal. He put cross pieces on the bottom so there would be no tipping and cut holes in the top to fit the size of the dish. There is also a shelf on a lower level for storing treats, blankets, etc. My pets have always enjoyed eating from their table(s) and I found it less messy.
By Willi from Calgary, AB, Canada
How did your husband make this? I have a German Shepherd, Lab, Pitbull.
Because a greyhound finds it difficult to reach to the ground for food, water, etc., place his water and feeding bowl on a bucket so he does not have to struggle. They appreciate this especially when they are reaching the 'winter of their years'.
By Jeta from Cumbria
I've owned several Greyhounds and Great Danes. The easiest answer is to use a plastic tub that comes with dishwasher soap (buy at large warehouse clubs).
Empty the soap, clean the tubs and stand upright with lid off. Get a stainless steel pan with a lip around it. With the lid off the tub place the pan in it so that the lip will prevent it from falling into the tub. If you have a taller dog put the lid back on and the dogs pan on top of it. The rim on the lid will help hold the pan while the dog eats.
Or you can look for a plant stand and use that. Good luck.
There's nothing worse than a spoiled puppy, but it sure is fun to cater to our faithful friends. Though a raised dog dish seems silly, it actually provides an eating area for dogs that is easy to clean. Removable food and water dishes pop out of their holder for easy washing and refilling.
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After removing the small double cabinet above the refrigerator (because the refrigerator would not fit), I used the cabinet to make an elevated dog feeder for our two dogs.
First I attached rubber feet on the bottom so that it would not move and would not scratch my wood floors.
Next, I cut two holes in the top to place the bowls. It is a terrific feeder, plus there is storage room below. You could look for unfinished cabinet or used one at flea market if you are not as lucky as I.