I’m excited to share this fun little project I did this weekend. More modern-style raised doggie feeders are kind of hard to come by, so I decided to make a set of my own! We have two retired racing greyhounds, and it’s recommended to feed them from elevated dishes to make them more comfortable and possibly reduce bloat, a medical condition that can be quite serious.
All the materials came from Ikea, so I suppose this could also be considered an Ikea hack! I do apologize for the lack of progress photos – I’d just gotten the rotary cutter and I was so excited about it I forgot to take pictures. XD
I started with one $4 Ekby Tryggve shelf and four (red!) Ekby Stodis brackets for $.50 each. Since the shelf was more than long enough, I used a circular saw to cut it in half – one half for each diner. Then I used a newly-purchased Ryobi Cordless Rotary Cutter to cut out circles – just big enough for the bowls to fit and catch on the lip. I added the brackets to the shelves first – normally I’d put the brackets on the walls and then add the shelf, but this made more sense as they were small and going to be low on the wall. I anchored each of the screw holes in the wall just in case a dog gets excited and decides to step up on the little ‘shelf’, and then everything was installed!
I like these because they’re easy to clean by just wiping them off, as well as keeping messes off the floor (mostly). Even if they do make a mess, with the open space beneath it’s easy to just swipe under there with a towel or broom (or to pick up the rug under Zelda’s because she still thinks the wood floors are lava =p).
The shelves are ‘permanent,’ but no more so than a screwdriver and a little spackle will take. And even though they’re attached to the walls, they have a lower profile than the other raised dishes we had.
Cute, modern, and tidy raised dog dishes for just $3 each? I’ll take it!