A dog crate is an unattractive necessity, especially when you raise puppies for a service dog organization. At the beginning stages of housebreaking, crates are scattered around my house. Multiple crates. Multiples sizes. Holding tanks for active bladders. Some soft-sided. Some cage-like. All ugly.
So my son and I designed a dog center in our laundry room. The rendering below was our initial inspiration.
We took a well-used laundry room closet and redesigned the space. It now fashionably accommodates the same items as before and the dog, too! Here’s how it turned out.
Ample cabinet storage space surround the crate. A Corian countertop sits on top of a KraftMaid CoreGuard kitchen sink base. (I had the center strip of the sink base removed–where the doors rest when closed.) One of Home Depot’s great kitchen designers helped me find this gem. It’s an engineered polymer kitchen sink base with slightly pitched forward shallow ribbing. Why did I choose that? Because puppies pee. Any accidents will flow to the front of the base and can be wiped up easily. Happy puppy. Happy owner! And don’t worry about the ribbing. The dogs don’t mind it. If you do, buy a crate mat.
by Bonnie Sweebe
So my son gets a summer internship at a law firm in Seoul, South Korea. He lives in a very tiny long-term private residence house and spends most of the day working.
The Korean people have a very strong work ethic. He works long hours and is exhausted at the end of the day. There is very little time to worry about what’s going on at home. Maybe that’s why South Korea has dog cafes.
A dog cafe is a place where you can order a beverage and be surrounded by many many dogs. A popular dog cafe in Seoul is the Bau Haus dog cafe.
Dog cafe dogs are very friendly and range in sizes from the very small to the very tall. Dog attendants roam the dog cafe ready to clean up any messes that occur. Outside of dog hair, the dog cafe is very clean. The beverages are a bit pricey, but include the price of admission.
by Bonnie Sweebe
I was given a bench seat cover by Kurgo in exchange for an honest review of their product. This product review has a twist at the end–literally!
There is one thing you can say about Kurgo dog products–they are made very well. The Car Seat Cover has a lifetime warranty, which means Kurgo unconditionally guarantees their product against manufacturing defects for the life of their product.
Out of the box this durable waterproof double-stitched seam canvas bench seat cover looked simple enough to install. It was. I’ll show you how!
This is what it looked like out of the box. This is not a sexy fabric folks. This is a practical fabric. This is canvas and it’s going to look like canvas, but it’s durable, waterproof and easy to clean or scrub. It will protect your seats. It will get the job done!
The seat cover has two black loops on top (to be slipped over the rear bench headrest), an adjustable black strap that adjusts behind the bench seat you are covering to provide a snug fit, and a thin elastic cord under seat attachment. The under seat attachment has a single barrel cord lock that keeps the canvas from slipping off the bottom bench cushion. That’s a good thing.
Combining the love of dogs and mankind to produce an amazing charity!
Canine Companions for Independence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
See this furry puppy? This is the day I picked her up from the Canine Companions for Independence North Central Regional Training Center in Delaware, Ohio and brought her into my home.
This adorable bundle of love is a service puppy in training. Over the next 18 months I will raise her, love her, feed her, care for her and train her in the 30 commands that she will need to go on to Advanced Training with the hope of becoming a service dog for a child or an adult with a physical disability other than blindness. And as I said many times before, all this is done for FREE.
Volunteers raise the puppies for free so that the people who need these dogs can get them for free. It’s as simple as that.
By Bonnie Sweebe
Our family has three retrievers and a horse. Our family has a lot of pet hair. That’s why I was so excited to try the CarPET Pet Hair Remover. This tool really works!
Sticky rollers are great to sweep across your clothing when you’re running out the door. But for the big jobs, you need the CarPET. Seriously…you know how many sticky sheets it would take you to clean the upholstery on your furniture? Or your carpet? Or your car where the dog likes to sit? With CarPET, you just rinse it and use it again and again. I used it on my bedroom carpet and was embarrassed by the results.
You know what a pain it is to haul out the vacuum to clean the carpeted staircase? And the vacuum head doesn’t get in the crevices that well. Instead, I grabbed the CarPET and it’s fantastic. It gathered wads of dog hair into nice little piles that I could easily pick up and throw away. It’s great for the car, too, especially on the seat where the dog sits. It works terrific on upholstered furniture, too, because the short rubber nubs don’t harm the fabric.
By Bonnie Sweebe
“All I Want for Christmas is a New Left Hip”…Kimber
No one raising a puppy or an adult dog wants to hear the words “hip dysplasia” let alone “severe bi-lateral hip dysplasia” coming out of the mouth of a veterinarian. However, when you’re raising a puppy to be a future service dog, those words also mean an immediate release from the program and the stark realization that the bundle of joy with the wagging tail that you’d hoped would aid the disabled, might soon experience pain and immobility herself unless a medical plan is put into place.
Meet Kimber, a golden retreiver-Labrador cross who at the time of the surgery was thirteen months old. This is Kimber’s journey from start to finish written in an effort to bring hope and calm the fears of those who might also receive the dreadful diagnosis. (Note that not all dogs with hip dysplasia need surgery. There is a range of hip dysplasia from mild to severe and some dogs live their entire lives mobile and relatively pain free. That would not be the case for Kimber.)