Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Callie's room

Before our recent move halfway across the country, you may recall that Callie had her own room.  It was a space that was off the kitchen with the doorway facing the kitchen through to the living room so she see everything going on.  This worked very well for her since she doesn't always play nicely with others and therefore does better with her own space.

Since we moved, Callie has been crated more and I knew that it was time to come up with an alternative solution to give her space and some leg room.  After a couple days of thought, I came up with the idea to make an area using some of the existing stall walls in the barn. (The previous owners had pigs in the area of the barn where we are now.  Don't worry, it was many years ago!)

The barn floors are concrete so Callie would need something to lay on.  I didn't want to just place a bed directly on the floor, I thought she needed something nicer than that.  While in town I picked a small skid at the hardware store.  It'd make a great elevated bed except for the fact that the top boards have space between them.  I was worried that Callie's foot/toes would go between the boards.  Solution?  Add some small strips of wood!

An afternoon of construction and this is the finished result.

I found some (lovely!) retro paneling in the barn and even though it has a bit of white paint on it, it works fine. With a new side panel on the left, a gate and the nice elevated bed Callie has a comfortable space of her very own.

After all my concern of her laying on the concrete floor, care to guess where she often lays? Yup, on the bare concrete.   sigh.....


  1. We'd probably be on the concrete as well...BOL! Especially if it's hot.

    Great room for her. We think she likes it.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. Typical pups but it does look great. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Anonymous8/06/2013

    That was a smart idea to get the skid! We have pillows all over the place but Finn enjoys the floor best too. They are funny like that!

  4. What a great solution and a cozy little space. You guys are so dedicated to your animals and I think it's so wonderful!

  5. LOL - of course the concrete is preferable! She'd never let on that she appreciated what you did with that skid, would she? ;)

    Love how you did this though - very cool!

  6. Looks like a mini horse stall. Comfy-cozy! And very clever!

  7. Howdy Mates, looks like a fabo little den for Callie. Mum says can you make her one so she can have some quiet time too, hehe. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  8. I'm sure she appreciates the skid/pallet bed. There are a few greyhound foster carers I know of who have made similar things. I have a tramp bed and a kennel our neighbours gave us out the back for foster dogs during the day, and crate the naughty or new ones inside the house if I go out at night. I do love my dog crate!

  9. Dogs are funny that way. We bought Beamer a bunch of beds and he still prefers the floor too. That's a snazzy space you've built for her though.

  10. What a lovely spot you've created for Callie. Dogs don't care about stuff like white paint on paneling. Wrigs would LOVE to lie on that concrete floor. So nice and cool in the summertime!

    Susan and Wrigs

  11. It's nice to have something you've made yourself, isn't it? Especially using existing things lying around.