It’s no secret that we love our pets here at Maine Country Home. And while Lydia has her herd of Labs, my pack is somewhat smaller in size.

Meet my “children” Graham and Eskimo.

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They are the best kids anyone could ask for, and because of that we spoil them rotten.  We even fashioned the cutest bed for Eskimo out of an old metal suitcase.  It had to be metal because it had to withstand her bouts of craziness.  Here she is enjoying her new bed:

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It was so easy to make; what wasn’t easy was getting her to lay in it!  Now not all suitcases or briefcases have a locking mechanism to keep them open (furry friends don’t take kindly to being trapped inside suitcases). So if that’s the case you can always cut off the top of the suitcase by cutting the hinges apart with a cutting wheel on a rotary tool, like a Dremel, and file the cuts afterwards.  Or, Fluffy can sleep in her cardboard box like a barbarian, and lament the fact that she doesn’t have a fancy bed to sleep in.  To make her washable blanket I sewed two towels together with a thick piece of batting in between: think tiny quilt.

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Now of course Graham needed something, but there isn’t a suitcase in the world big enough to hold him, and I’m not sure how he would feel curling up in a steamer trunk.  We didn’t get any pictures, but mere hours after we finished the bed for Eskimo he tried so hard to fit inside it.  He kept standing and fidgeting with two paws inside the suitcase, and finally decided he was too big and went to lie down in his own bed.  So we decided to make him a repurposed food station instead.

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This was a fun project, and relatively simple.  Once we found the chairs we found stainless steel dog bowls (with adorable paw prints embossed on them) that had a lip that would sit on the seat of the chair.  Make sure that there isn’t any weird support structure under the seat or plan on spending extra time cutting it out; we found this out the hard way.  One of the chairs was fine, but there other had metal supports that ran just close enough to where we were cutting the hole…whoops!  Lesson learned for next time, measure twice, cut once!  Speaking of that, use a piece of cardboard to make a pattern for the hole your bowl will sit in: big enough for the main part, but small enough the lip will sit on the edge of the chair seat. Use your pattern to draw the hole on the chair, and once you’ve drilled a hole large enough for a jig saw blade to fit in, cut away!  Since the lip will sit on the seat, you don’t have to worry about the cut being a perfect circle.  One other thing, make sure you have enough room for your saw to maneuver around the back of the chair, otherwise you won’t be able to swing it around; another lesson learned the hard way…

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We can’t wait to give Graham his new bowls, and he can’t wait to have dinner!

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