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DonnaKay 03-13-2014 10:33 AM

Water bowl dilemma solved!
 
When preparing to bring home the new puppy, I purchased a set of beautiful black and white crock dog dishes that match my dishes. However, Mystique's favorite activity is putting her paw in the water dish and sliding (flinging) it across the floor. After constantly mopping up water, I started putting just a little bit of water in the dish. Of course, I then have to constantly give her water.

Saturday night I heard her playing with the dish and all of the sudden a loud CRASH! She had slammed the dish into the food bowl and shattered it. She wasn't hurt, thank goodness so I made a quick trip to Walmart and bought a pair of no skid dishes.

OK, so now instead of sliding it, she's tipping it and carrying it around. :rolleyes:

I then searched on line and found a really pretty wrought iron dog dish holder that mounts on the wall. Genius! The $80 price tag is a bit much imho, so I decided to put my "McGyver" talents to use and come up with my own version. (Anyone remember that show? :p )

First up, I ordered some bowls that hang in a crate. Next, find something to hang them on. I have the largest wire crate for Mystique and it came with a divider. Not using it so thought that might work out.

The wire divider wasn't big enough to hang on the wall with screws to hit the studs, and since I didn't want to put holes in the wall until I knew this would work, I decided to give the command hooks a try. These are the things that people use to hang Christmas decorations and pictures.

It seems to be working well. I'll even be able to raise the bowls as she grows...an added benefit! It's a little flimsy so I will secure it the wall more firmly now that I know it will work. I can actually give her a full bowl of water and not be mopping it up! Yay! :D

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Zlata 03-13-2014 10:45 AM

A+ for ingenuity! I just gave up and let mine slosh water all around LOL

Springbrz 03-13-2014 10:51 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Great idea to use what you had. I love it!

shepherdmom 03-13-2014 10:57 AM

Cute idea. I'm not "McGyver" talented. I just bought one of these to put under the water bowls that way the water gets soaked up. When it starts looking dirty I just toss it in the washing machine.

Interdesign 16210 iDry Mat, 18-In. X 24-In.: Kitchen & Dining : Walmart.com

ZoeD1217 03-13-2014 10:59 AM

That's a great idea! ! Zoe is also creative with her water dish. Silly me I thought water was for drinking... but apparently it's good for digging in, dribbling, flipping, carrying or even sitting/standing/sleeping in :)

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DonnaKay 03-13-2014 11:04 AM

Thanks! Kind of proud of it. :blush:

shepherdmom, I tried a towel but she still scooted the bowl everywhere and then brought me the towel. Too smart for my own good!

ZoeD, I thought so, too. Who knew a bowl of water could be so entertaining. Looking forward to spring so I can take her to the lake. She was born in November so hasn't ever seen the outside when it wasn't frozen. Will be fun!

shepherdmom 03-13-2014 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by DonnaKay (Post 5191354)
Thanks! Kind of proud of it. :blush:

shepherdmom, I tried a towel but she still scooted the bowl everywhere and then brought me the towel. Too smart for my own good!

haha probably hard to tell from the picture but it isn't a towel. Its a dish drying mat. Its does't scoot. Its made to not slip on your counter.

Gretchen 03-13-2014 12:46 PM

very creative!

we just found this, the neater feeder, I needed something to protect my new cabinets (the food dishes were up against one side)

http://www.petco.com/assets/product_...465002114C.jpg

DonnaKay 03-13-2014 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Gretchen (Post 5191954)
very creative!

we just found this, the neater feeder, I needed something to protect my new cabinets (the food dishes were up against one side)

http://www.petco.com/assets/product_...465002114C.jpg

I saw that too but didn't try it. I figured Little Miss Einstein would still try to slide it around. Then I'd have water AND food to clean up!

SummerGSDLover 03-13-2014 01:05 PM

This idea could work for elevated feeding too!!! Great idea!

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