A very good dog deserves a very good bed, not the boring ones you can buy at a pet store.
Fortunately, that’s where some good ole crafting comes in.
Dog owner Jonathan shared on Reddit the ultimate DIY project that’ll make you the hero your dog already thinks you are. To treat his pups, Jonathan and his wife turned an old-school television into a luxury dog bed that’s straight out of any pup’s dreams.
“This is a project we have wanted to do for quite some time,” Jonathan told Mashable. “It originally was going to be a fishtank where we kept the general TV appearance, complete with a rounded ‘screen’ for the front portion.”
Jonathan and his wife never did end up getting fish, but they did get two dogs: Sgt. Buckley and Cy. And that’s when the original idea changed to dog bed instead.
“The hardest part of this project was finding a TV that fit the bill,” Jonathan explained. “It could not be too tall for obvious reasons, and we wanted it to be older looking, not a plastic frame.”
They ended up finding the perfect old TV at Second Chance in Baltimore, a non-profit that deconstructs old buildings and homes, and then sells anything that can still be used. After making the purchase, the couple got to work.
In an Imgur post about the project, Jonathan explained that the most difficult and dangerous part of the project was removing the TV from the wooden frame.
After that was done, they repainted the frame and added the backboard, stained-glass side panels, and the bottom cushion. All of these steps are explained in detail in Jonathan’s Imgur post, just in case you would also like to attempt this project.
Jonathan shared that while he and his wife have tackled smaller DIY projects, this one was the first of its kind for the two of them.
Of course, all of this would have been for naught if Sgt. Buckley and Cy didn’t like the DIY bed enough to actually use it. But fortunately, the dogs feel right at home.
“[Sgt. Buckley] was a little apprehensive when we first set it up, but we put some of his toys in it and he jumped right in,” Jonathan reported, sending us a video of the corgi checking out the space.
“Cy is totally chill, and is just happy to have another place to sleep,” said Jonathan.
It’s clear from the video below that Cy has taken a liking to the beds too. But the pups aren’t the only fans of the bed Jonathan’s cat Moxxi is also enjoys the new bed, and likes jumping on top its frame.
“Before this bed, they just had regular pet store beds, so this is totally a step up,” Jonathan concluded.
In total, Jonathan estimates the bed took around 20 hours to complete, and it was constructed over the course of a month and a half. This level of dedication is something we should all strive for.
Good owner, good dogs.