Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Potty Box

Due to the frustration Loki is experiencing going out in the cold (Ares apparently loves it!)and the frustration I'm experiencing by cleaning up the dog messes on the floor, I recently did a random Internet search for some indoor doggy bathroom solutions.

At first I was a bit overwhelmed. I didn't realize that there so many options, from regular litter boxes with special doggie litter to crazy fancy self-watering indoor lawns. I just couldn't believe there were so many options out there that I'd never even heard of.

Of course, when you look into a product that's not exactly used much, price becomes an issue. Most of the options I like were well over $300. Now, that may not seem like much to most people, but that's a big chunk of change to me. I love my dogs, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on something they're going to be peeing all over.

The one system I liked the best is the Pet Patio Potty To me, this seemed like the most reasonable and attractive solution. However, once again, this potty system once again prices out at over $300 with shipping.

After studying this particular potty however, I came to the realization that I could probably make one of these myself. As I looked at it more, I I decided, yes, I could indeed make this.

Last night I took a trip to Lowe's and priced out materials. Last night I sat down and sketched out the dimensions. Tonight I may purchase materials and get to work. We'll see how ambitious I feel. I'll be sure to document my processes. If It comes out right, I think I should be able to put this together pretty easily for under $50. Stay tuned....


wildcatsthree said...

I'll be interested in your plans for this project. If it works, would be you willing to share some instructions? My little Rosie has suddenly decided she is not going outside in the bitter cold and icy yard, and has taken to a particular throw rug in the basement.

FrumsGlass said...

Looking foward to your take on a indoor potty box. Hubby built a 32 foot long outhouse (Check out my blog entry Dec. 19th to see it.) The little leg lifters still prefer the indoor boxes. I can not blame them. Who wants to go out in the cold?

Rob said...

A elderly friend of ours that lives on the third floor of an apartment building claims that dog litter box training has worked for his chihuahua!