"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Raised bed with a difference

Why a raised bed with a difference?

Because this raised bed is not for growing vegetables.

Oh no!!  But, with that said, this has just as important a purpose, but is for indoors.

You see, I have noticed that the latest addition to our family loves - just loves - climbing on anything and  everything in order to take a nap.  By anything I mean things like on top of the patio table, a pile of mulch, patio chairs - anything.

Now, we made her a comfy bed oh the floor for nighttime snoozes, but, as I mentioned in an earlier posting, the bed isn't good enough.  Our couches are the preferred beds...

I have nothing against animals - especially dogs - but I do object to doggy smell on my furniture.  And I object especially after said dog has had a roll in a pile of alpaca poo...

'Nuff said.

So, we covered the couches in shower curtains.

Nope - that didn't deter her either.  Stellar merely plonked herself on top of the shower curtain.

That is when the "raised bed" connection finally sank into my brain.
Stellar on her blankets on the floor, with her old pair
 of jeans bolsterer to snuggle up to
It didn't matter how comfy we made her bed on the floor, Stellar wanted to sleep with a view.

So I googled raised dog beds.

And found these:


R900 - R1100.00  ($70 - 86 or 62 - 76 or £54 - 66.00)  That's bloody insane!!

But I really would like to give her some protection from the cold floor and the floor level draughts - if, and when, winter finally hits...  ðŸ˜•  I don't feel bad in summer - the cool floor is just what is needed for those hot, summer nights.  But, winter - that's something totally different.

Especially if she's unwell.

Last Monday we noticed that she was not her usual bouncy self - just lethargically lying round, and not eating much.  She didn't even try to pinch the stray black cat's food - the stray (whom we've called Blackie - original I know) has adopted us, and, even though we have de-wormed it, and given it flea and tick prevention, we are trying to keep it outside, as opposed to Squeak who is an inside cat.

A trip to the vet revealed that Stellar had early stages of tick bite fever - biliary.  How is this possible - she was still protected by her Bravecto tablet, and at the end of the previous week we had fitted her with a Seretso collar...???

Thankfully, catching it early meant that the injection worked fairly quickly and by this last Friday morning she was back to her mischievous, energetic, bouncy self.

So, w.r.t the raised bed it was thinking cap time.

And I came up with this... 

An upside down view of the raised bed that RMan and I threw
 together.  We joined the Coolaroo clips with ski rope so that
 if we have to re-tension them in future it'll be a breeze.
 Also, criss-crossing the ski rope  below the shadecloth creates
 an additional support too.
Using left over shadecloth and Coolaroo butterfly clips from our patio awning, some ski rope from the garage...
The sum total spent on purchasing components
 to make Stellar's raised bed
... and the parts we purchased from the Co-Op, all it ended up costing us was the enormous sum of R270.88  ($21.16 or 18.75 or £16.41)  What a win  ðŸ˜
Can Stellar get much comfier...?
This will also get her off the cold floor and away from draughts.

Best of all...?
There is space for her to grow into as well... 😊
Stellar l-o-v-e-s it 😂  And has made absolutely no attempt to get on the couches since receiving her raised bed 😂


  1. brilliant Dani! absolutely brilliant! the fact that she loves it makes it even more brilliant! and i am thankful that you caught the tick infection early - good job!

    sending much love! your friend,

    1. kymber - Yeah, we were really worried. Thankfully she recovered quickly, and well.

      I'm sooo chuffed her bed is a hit 😂

    2. you have every right to be chuffed - jambaloney (the garbage man) is the one who first called the bed "brilliant". you know how cheap - i mean frugal - he is! and i am glad that she is well! xoxox

    3. kymber - Now I'm blushing. If jam approves then it must be okay :D

  2. I read on the Barrydale community page that several cats had come down with biliary too quickly to be saved, very frightening. That's one brilliant bed, lucky Stellar.

    1. pqsa - Yeah, the vet warned us too - cats and dogs - they're both being bitten :( Never heard of cats getting biliary before!!

  3. OMG Dani! poor puppy!!!!!! I hope she has a quick recovery!

    If you want to see the finished product of our house, please go to my blog, leave a comment with it in I wont publish it. I will go private for 1 week so people can view it. I will then take the posts down and go back to being open to all after this time. I dont want weirdos making comments. I am sick of trolls right now. I am deleting all of their bile. Where do they come from? Sicko ville?

    1. Sol - Stellar is coming along nicely. Her youth gives her a helping hand I know ;)

      Looking forward to seeing your finished house... :D

    2. pictures are up on my blog


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