This guy is my favorite. He’s my ever present companion. He is the only one who gets excited about going for a walk with me and he spends his days in my office, alternating between sleeping and looking for possible intruders out the window. He’s had some bad luck lately though and it’s got me thinking about how old he is getting. He had his ninth birthday last month, but then he also had his first go around with a case of fleas and then managed to get a nasty ear infection. He looked miserable for a while there. We did all we could and everything is better now, but it makes you realize how important they are.
It got me looking at his food. Are we giving him the best we can? A trip to Walmart and some dog food examining led me to find the new Purina Beneful Originals. They have reformulated their recipes, based on feedback from pet owners and years or research. The new dog food has meat as the #1 ingredient and has no sugar added. I decided to switch his food over after reading all of that. His food now has real chicken as the first ingredient. Make sure to always go through the proper process when switching your dogs food though, even if you already use Purina Beneful. There are lots of helpful tips and tricks here.
He spends all day in my office and the window in there is pretty low, but he can’t see out of it when he is laying in his bed. I decided to make him a bed frame so to speak. I always have a pile of pallets waiting to be repurposed, so that’s what I decided to use for the frame.
DIY Pallet Dog Bed
- First off, wipe you pallet off to clean off any excess dirt. Then sand the edges and any rough areas. If you have a smaller dog and want a smaller bed, now is the time to cut the pallet smaller. This can be done by cutting through the top boards that run side to side, right up against this board on the inside of the pallet that runs up and down. Cutting this way will still allow the pallet to be sound.
- Measure 3 of the 4 sides of the pallet. You will be attaching the 1″ x 4″ to these 3 sides to make a sort of frame. Using those measurements, cut the board to the appropriate lengths. Pallets vary in size, but mine were 48″, 27 1/2″, and 27 3/4″.
- Paint or stain the pallet and the 3 board that you cut. Odds are that you’ll have to do more than 1 coat.
- Once the paint is dry, attach the board around the top of the pallet. Use the drill to screw the boards in place.
- Touch up any paint and stencil your pet’s name on! The kids insisted his bed should have his name.
Get a free sample of the new Purina Beneful Originals or IncrediBites here!