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Why This Feeder


I LOVE BIG, TALL and GIANT-SIZE DOGS!!!!!!!!!  Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Akbash, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, St. Bernards, all of the Mastiff breeds, Leonbergers, Bernese Mountain Dogs   ...and the list goes on and on.  It is to these wonderfully magnificent and noble creatures that this feeder is dedicated. 

Apology:  SORRY, to the medium and small dog breeds, I love you, too. But there are numerous other less expensive feeders that can accommodate your full-grown height.

Several years ago, after purchasing various elevated, adjustable dog feeders, I became frustrated with the limited availability of a good quality feeder.  The feeders I had encountered were flimsy (heaven forbid that an enthusiastic Neapolitan Mastiff approach one of these feeders with less than a dainty and gentle manner), lacked durability (often starting to rust after less than a year's indoor use), and added up to a considerable expense, due to frequent replacement needs.

I came up with a workable design and had several made..thinking that others might share my desire for a better quality feeder that was raised and adjustable from a height that would accommodate a young pup, all the way through to the adulthood height of a Great Dane or Irish Wolfhound. 

As it turned out, many other people liked my concept of a sensible adjustable, raised feeder, and eventually my supply was exhausted. The feeders were well received by the people who purchased them, and I received numerous positive and appreciative comments. Since I viewed these as "test the market" item, and since my costs were higher than most feeders already on the market, I sold these at my cost.

When it came time to decide whether I would have any more feeders made, I decided to explore other material options. 

The base and mast/pole of the original feeder was PVC; the frame that holds the bowls was metal tubing, and the the round "collar" that allowed the frame to slide up and down the pole was also metal. Even though the original base and mast/pole were white plastic, the whites were different shades, so I had those and the bowl frame and collar sprayed with a white auto-body paint. 

Unfortunately, over an extended period of time, if water was splashed when the dog was drinking, it got down between the painted metal collar and the painted mast/pole, and the collar started to rust, leaving rust stains on the white mast/pole. 

It was relatively easy to separate the base, mast/pole and frame and spray it all with another coat of white paint, but, when thinking about creating a new feeder, I wanted to try to avoid the need for any future touch-ups over the many years the feeder would provide good service.

Stainless steel appealed to me for its quality and durability, but the cost made it very expensive. The only stainless steel raised, adjustable feeder I could find on line was offered at $225.00, and, based on the shipping charge, weighed considerably less than my feeder's approx. 12+ lbs. (Incidentally, that feeder is no longer available.)

As a compromise to help keep the costs down, I decided to have the base made out of heavy-wall steel, rectangular steel tubing, which would be powder-coated a rich-textured black.  The mast/pole would be round 304 stainless steel tubing, with a brushed finish. The entire bowl holder frame would be solid stainless steel.

My one disappointment is with the stainless steel bowls now available in this country.  With my original feeder, I was able to supply 3-qt. paw print-embossed, heavy-duty stainless steel bowls that weighed approximately 12.5 oz. each.  Unfortunately, in an effort by suppliers to keep costs down, the weight of the same design, stainless steel bowl is now approximately 10 oz.  And while the average person seeing the new bowls will find them perfectly acceptable, I preferred those with a heavier weight. 

Speaking of bowls, the reason I only supply one size bowl is because I firmly believe it is unwise to feed large and tall breeds food that would require a 5-qt. bowl.   To me, that is a recipe for disaster..better known as bloat. I also believe that dogs should be fed twice a day, rather than once.  A 3-qt. bowl allows ample room for 1/2 the daily amount large, tall and giant-size dogs should be fed.

I realize the significant financial investment this feeder requires is not something that everyone will feel willing or able to do.  But, if you want and are able to afford a very sturdy, top-of-the-line feeder that will be able to be used by a growing and adult, large,tall or giant-size dog for many, many years, then be able to be lowered to start out feeding a young pup and growing with him, I do not believe you will find a better choice elsewhere.




If you have any questions, please contact me, Suzanne Phillips, at 585-621-5734 or suzannep@rochester.rr.com

Sophia, Great Pyrenees
Riggs, Newfoundland
Argus, Akbash/Great Pyrenees mix


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