Like humans, dogs often get 'stiff necks' as they age - maybe a little arthritis - so they should eat from a shoulder-level feeder to reduce neck strain. The Wine Barrel Dog Feeder not only relieves pressure on your dog's neck, but beautifies your living environment in a solid rustic way.
Bob Yates, who had a woodworking hobby for several years, has made it his full-time job, creating home decor from discarded wine barrels. A wine enthusiast, Yates had always wondered why something purposeful could not come of the wine barrels after so many trees were cut down to make them.
“I wanted to make something that would respect nature and the wood that had been harvested,” Yates says. To this end, according to Uncommon Goods, his designs–which range from barrel tables to flight staves–are both decorative and functional. “I want people to use and enjoy them,” he says, “not just look at them.”
This rustic beauty comes in small and large; the small is 22" L x 11" W x 6" H and the large is 26" L x 13” W x 10” H. Especially look at the height before determining if the feeder is the right size for your dog. It should come to the level, within an inch of your dog's shoulder, when measured from the floor to the shoulder.
Recommended care is simply to wipe down the feeder with a damp cloth. One customer has her own recommendation to keep the Wine Barrel Dog Feeder new!
"I apply a light coating of food-grade butcher block treatment (beeswax + mineral oil blend) every six weeks or so. We've had it for a year and it still looks brand new. I would caution against using furniture polish as the ingredients may be harmful to your dog."
This is great advice. The same reviewer also suggests that customers put felt pads or rubber tips under the feeder so it does not scratch your floors.
The Wine Barrel Dog Feeder is made to order, so better hurry if it's going to be a holiday gift!
If you're a rustic design fan, or a wino, Uncommon Goods carries several other practical wine barrel designs.
That's the buzz for today!