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Feeding Dogs In Style

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You gotta eat, right? Today let’s focus in on feeding dogs in style. Many times I’ve seen that trendy new set of dishes on display with the matching over sized mug for the dog owner’s enjoyment. But, I settle for the already carefully selected dish that my dog has at home. In today’s blog we take a look at few styles of dishes appropriate for feeding Fido. If you are interested in Fido’s dining in style, stay right here. We are discussing this topic starting right now.

Dishes and supplies. From puppies to adults, your dogs needs will change. Finding appropriate dishes to hold and dispense food and water will always be necessary. There are manufacturers out there that do more than just make dishes for Fido. They coordinate. They add style to functionality. That is what we are discussing today.

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Let’s focus in on the ‘Art of the Dish’.

THE DOG’S BOWL IS ART?

Description and History

Dog Bowl was designed by dog photographer William Wegman in 2001 and installed in the North Park Blocks between Davis and Everett streets in 2002. Wegman had been “cultivated” and privately funded by the Pearl Arts Foundation to create a work for Portland. The installation features a cast-bronze dog bowl set on an 8-foot (2.4 m) x 10-foot (3.0 m) checkerboard that is reminiscent of a linoleum kitchen floor. Most of the squares are black and white granite tiles, but four are artificial turf. The bowl was designed to be reminiscent of the Benson Bubbler drinking fountains installed throughout the city and is supplied by an underground water source. According to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, which administers the sculpture, Wegman said he created the sculpture “for dogs, not people”, and prefers not to think of the bowl as public art. Wegman donated some of his earnings from the installation to the Oregon Humane Society Foster Pets and the Delta Society.

In 2012, the sculpture was included as a stop on Walktober’s Weird Art Walk, a “tour of weird art” led by Carye Bye, a local artist. (Wikipedia)

 

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MORE ON DOG FOOD

When was dog food first invented? Businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially-prepared pet food in England in approximately 1860. After seeing dogs being fed leftover biscuits from a ship, Spratt formulated the first dog biscuit: a mix of wheat meals, vegetables, beetroot and beef blood.

Pet food bowls are available in a wide assortment of sizes and materials. Many people choose plastic pet food bowls because they are readily available, inexpensive and come in lots of colors and sizes. However, a plastic bowl might not be the best choice for your pet’s food bowls.

Downsides of plastic: Plastic food bowls can get small scratches over time which trap and hold bacteria that cannot be removed even with cleaning. Some cats eating from plastic food bowls may develop feline acne from exposure to bacteria in the bowl, and dogs and cats may develop an allergic reaction to the plastic. While this is a controversial issue, some experts report that some plastics may emit BPA or other dangerous chemicals which can leach into your pet’s food. Finally, a dog that is a determined chewer may end up chewing the plastic pet food bowl, possibly ingesting pieces of the plastic bowl.

Better materials for pet food bowls: The safest pet food bowls are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel bowls are unbreakable, durable, dishwasher-safe and easy to keep clean. If you choose stainless steel, look for a bowl with non-skid rubber on the bottom.

Other choices include glass, ceramic or stoneware pet food bowls. Like stainless steel, these are sturdy, non-porous and easy to keep clean. Ceramic and stoneware pet food bowls come in a number of different colors and designs. If you choose stoneware, make sure the bowls are dishwasher safe and have a lead-free, food-grade glaze. To ensure your pet’s safety, glass, ceramic or stoneware pet food bowls should be discarded if they become chipped or cracked. Also, be cautious of using glass bowls outside as, under the right conditions, glass can concentrate the sun’s rays enough to start a fire on a wooden deck.

When choosing pet food dishes, consider an elevated feeder, which is simply an elevated stand used to raise the food bowls above floor level. Elevated feeders have a number of benefits, the most important of which is improved comfort for your pet. It can be uncomfortable for some pets to lower the head down to eat or drink, especially for larger dogs, senior pets and those with painful joints. A raised feeder allows your pet to eat using a more natural body posture, thereby reducing stress on your pet’s back and neck. Since your pet’s head isn’t pointed downward to eat from the floor, a raised feeder also makes swallowing food and water easier on your pet.

Additionally, an elevated feeder can keep the feeding area neater as less food and water falls on the floor when your pet eats, and the bowls are held in place preventing playful pets from pushing the bowls around the floor. (Petmeds)

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What type of bowl does your pet use? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Once you’ve got the basics of the bowl down, its time to add style. The textures and colors are endless. The choices add something to your decor. Gone are the days when the dog’s dish was an eyesore. Or, a thing to be reckoned with. Today’s options present beauty, elegance, grace, and aplomb. If you are a do – it – yourself er, what can I say? I found a few unique bowls to share with friends. Whenever I gift-give or just drop in, I always remember their furry friends. The local area boutique stores offer uniqueness and variety. I recommend visiting the boutique stores while on a ‘date’ or special outing with your dog. They will enjoy the attention. And you both will enjoy the new sensory experience of the boutique. Another great way to peruse glamorous doggy accessories … magazines. For example, Pet Business Magazine.

 

Stylish bowls is a topic that I’ve found interesting. I hope you enjoyed this article and were inspired to glam up your dogs niche.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Jacquelyn

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