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    Dog Feeding Station

    Or, as I call it, the slobber catcher. Not sure it belongs in a forum with the name 'ShowCase' on it, as it's really just a quick little slap it together type of thing.

    I know we have quite a few dog lovers here, so I'm guessing at least one other person has this problem.

    Our little lab girl, Starbuck, has, among other issues, a drinking problem.

    She doesn't go to the bowl and just lap up the water. She completely submerges her snout, blows bubbles, and picks up mouthfuls of water, carries it over to you and dumps the water in your lap, if you are sitting down. Needless to say this makes quite a mess around the bowl.

    We started off by putting the bowl on a rubberized rug. Well, all that did was trap the water between the rug and the floor and started causing floor problems. So then we used a big blue rubbermaid storage container. Just not very attractive.

    So I put this together. Just a simple tray with cherry sides and a birch ply bottom. The finish is automotive fiberglass resin I wanted something that could hold the water and take some abuse.

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    thankfully, my four legged friends are of the shorter legged variety... so they generally can't Reach my lap easily... well one can, but she's a terrier/dachsie mix so bounces a lot as a matter of course.
    -Ned

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    We purchased one of those plastice elevated feeding stations (about 12" off the floor) and found that our pooch has much less trouble drinking (used to snort a lot). I bought it as an experiment just to see if it would make a difference. Now that we know it does, I've been thinking of replacing it with something from my shop.

    Finished with automotive resin...... should hold up well!
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    I've seen those raised stands. My fear is that with my little rambunctious girl, she would knock the whole darn thing over!

    That being said, I could always put together a little stand for this tray to push it up off the ground.

    Not a bad idea.
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    Starbuck in Action

    Well, it seems to be doing as good a job as it can....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awt7_QF2h1U
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    Great idea! My dog has a similar sloppy problem and we're always mopping up water around the bowl. Thanks for inspiring my next weekend project!

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    I'm blessed so far in the 2 weeks we've had her Juliet hasn't slopped any water or food at all. Now playing with her toys thats a different matter.
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    We have a drip tray for the dogs also, only in our case, it's the kitchen floor!! The sides consist of the kitchen cabinets, the island, and the transition to the carpet on the Family Room side. Bad thing is when we slip on the slobber water. Jim.
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    Our little Starbuck is, how should I put it, 'Special'.

    And By Special, I mean there's something with this little girl that just aint right

    But she makes me laugh. And she's smart as a whip, it's just that she's got "Exuberances". She does everything with gusto. Eating, Drinking, Doing her tricks, Retrieving. Even when it comes to barking at things that aren't there.

    I've been working on taking her to town, but she just barks the whole time I'm in the store. I'm hoping if I take her to town enough, she'll get over it some year, but I'm not going to hold my breath...
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    Why don't you just teach her to use a straw
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