DIY Dog Command Center
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Our pets definitely become a part of the family. Just like with our kids, I want to take the best care of our dog, Snoopy. I worry when he’s sick, I make sure he receives steady exercise with regular walks, and we brush him, pet him, and include him in our daily routines. I also want to make sure he’s eating the best food possible with the best ingredients, like what’s found in Nature’s Recipe®.
Newly available in the pet aisle at Kroger, Nature’s Recipe has been bringing out the best in dogs for 35 years with recipes full of premium ingredients. There’s no corn or wheat, nothing artificial, with a high quality protein source as the top ingredient. It’s food you can feel good about feeding your pet.
We picked up a bag of Nature’s Recipe Small Breed Grain Free Chicken for Snoopy. The pieces are smaller, so it’s easier for our Yorkie to eat, but packed with the goodness Nature’s Recipe is known for. We also grabbed a couple wet meals: Nature’s Recipe Chicken & Wild Salmon and Nature’s Recipe Chicken & Duck which we use as treat foods.
I like knowing that he’s getting a meal with real chicken as the #1 ingredient, and it’s easy to digest. I’m sure he appreciates that, too.
What our Snoop also appreciates are his daily walks. I’m pretty sure he looks forward to it from the minute he wakes up and will be sure to let us know if we’re taking too long to head out the door. He’s really helping my oldest son out, too, as it’s a great excuse to get him off the gadgets for a bit and stretching his legs, as well.
And with a coat like that, it needs regular brushing. My daughter is more than happy to break out his brush and take care of that. A good food also helps, as well, and Nature’s Recipe contains copper and zinc, both of which are essential for healthy skin and coat. Which means more brushing!
There was only one thing missing, and that’s a place to keep all of his supplies. I was so tired of searching for his brush in drawers and cabinets, and who had his leash last? Thus, I put together this easy, rustic yet modern, DIY Dog Command Center.
I picked up a very inexpensive board for our DIY Dog Command Center, stained it with one coat of red mahogany, added 3 hooks for his doggy stuff, then printed a picture of a pup like our Snoopy, using it as a stencil to paint the inside with black chalk paint. That way, we also have a way to keep track of vet appointments, grooming appointments, or just reminders to take the dog for a walk.
DIY Dog Command Center
- pallet or scrap wood style board
- red mahogany stain
- 3 black hooks
- dog stencil
- black chalk paint
- foam brush
First, apply a thin coat of stain to your board with a foam brush. Quickly wipe off excess with paper towels or rag. Make sure you get in any crevices, use a smaller paintbrush for this if needed.
While that’s drying, gather your dog stencil.
Cut the inside of the dog printable by making a hole in the middle and continuing along the lines. Once your dog print has been cut out, lay on your board in the desired position. Secure it in place with painter’s tape if needed. Then, begin applying chalk paint in even taps and strokes, paying careful attention to corners and places with small cuts. Use your finger to hold the paper down and in place as you go.
Let the chalk paint dry completely as you screw in your 3 hooks. Hang your pup’s leash, a brush, and the third hook can be used to hold a bag of food for when you’re rushing out the door. It can also be used for a bag of treats or an umbrella, for those rainy days when he still needs a walk.
Every member of the family should have a place to keep his things, and now our dog does, too, with this DIY Dog Command Center. Walk, brush, food, love. It doesn’t take much to keep our pets happy. Be sure you check out your local Kroger and select Kroger banner stores for Nature’s Recipe, because what you do give, should be the best.