The clever people over at Design Curiosities started with Ikea’s Besta shelving, but you could adapt this to other media cabinets or sideboards of the right size. The bigger, the better. (Eames, the bunny for whom this was made, mainly just sleeps in his hutch and spends most of his waking time in an exercise pen.)
This customized hutch has great features. I love the glass tile on the floor—so much easier to clean and keep looking nice. On one side of the hutch they used a metal grid from The Container Store, but had to peel the rubber coating off and paint it. That seems like a hassle. I’d look for something similar from Home Depot or Lowes that was just plain metal. The aluminum sheeting they used to finish the doorway in the divider looks great and will keep bunnies from nibbling on things they shouldn’t. Always remember to use non-toxic materials and let the hutch air out after completion.
I just love pet furniture that looks great. I think it means pets are more likely to be where their people are if their hutches, cages, beds, etc. aren’t some hideous thing people are likely to hide in a back room. Neato!
I love this DIY pet crate! Unfortunately there aren’t instructions, but it is fairly simple if you have some experience building things. It’s made from plain plywood and has some features I really like:
internal divider with doors
the elevated lid for air flow also makes the piece look less massive
Birds need mental stimulation just like cats and dogs and pretty much every animal. Working for food is a great way to provide that stimulation. It can also be a great way to get your bird to eat foods in usually rejects. Wild birds spend most of their time foraging for food, so it’s a strong drive. Enrich your birds life with ways to foster that drive. Making your own foraging toys will help save you money too. You may need to make it easy for them at first to get the treats, but they’ll catch on quickly. Supervise your birds!
The Pacific NW is about the only place in the U.S. right now that isn’t blisteringly hot. Not great for my tomato plants, but much easier on our pets. For those of you who are roasting, check out these 3 different tutorials for making cooling collars. Keep your pups comfortable and, most importantly, keep them safe!
This first cooling collar is probably the simplest. It’s a long, fabric sausage (with water absorbing crystals inside) that you tie around your dog’s neck. If you have a bigger dog, you’ll need to make it longer. Once it’s finished, soak the collar in water and let evaporative cooling do it’s thing. The collar can be reused indefinitely. (While water absorbing crystals (polyacrylamide) is considered non-toxic, I still wouldn’t let my dog eat it. So use some common sense.)
Cooling collar #2 is a collar in & of itself–it has a buckle–and is for a Lab-sized dog. It could easily be downsized for a smaller dog. This design uses either a strip of small ice packs or regular ice for cooling. I like that it has a buckle—seems more secure. This cooling collar is also reusable. (Like with anything, you want to make sure your dog isn’t able somehow chew on the collar or another dog’s cooling collar.)
I think cooling collar #3 is my favorite design. It uses your dog’s own collar to secure it. It too uses a strip of small ice packs, but isn’t usable with ice. Make sure to loosen your dog’s regular collar before sliding on the cooling collar. Then place the cooling collar so the ice packs are next to you dog’s skin with her regular collar on top. This collar is reusable. (Again, make sure your pup isn’t chewing on her cooling collar or another dog’s cooling collar.)
Dear Internet, I freakin’ love you! Through you I find fascinating people, learn cool things, and find neato-keen projects. This geeky, crafty, cool dog collar has all three things going for it. Yea!
Check out this nifty DIY dog collar project. You get to solder AND sew! Please note: This collar is not for finding your lost dog because the collar doesn’t have a transmitter. It is meant to track you & your dog’s progress & distance on walks. You can map your walks or if you have a large property you can see where your dog spends her time by downloading the GPS data from her collar at the end of the day.
The tutorial is by Limor Fried aka ladyada. Limor is an MIT educated electrical engineer and owner of Adafruit Industries, supplier of parts & designer of kits for DIY electronics projects. She’s an big advocate for open-source hardware.
Her user-name, ladyada, is a reference to Lady Ada Lovelace, a super cool woman in her own right. Ada Lovelace was a mathematician, writer & translator in the mid 1800’s. She’s widely attributed with writing the first “computer program”. Awesome stuff!