I ordered the K9-Kondo doghouse kit which came on Friday afternoon.
The 55 gallon drum arrived today (mail lady wasn’t too happy)
The contents of the K9-Kondo doghouse are fairly basic, but more than adequate. There is a door, door adapter, plastic (tough) legs, braces, vent, instructions, parts for attaching shade board, and a lot of bolt/nuts/lock washers.
Cut the top (really the bottom) off the barrel.
Put the swinging door on the adapter (bolts on). This was easy and it really only fits together one way, but I was a tad confused when I tried to put it together the wrong way and it wouldn’t fit.
Attach the legs to the feet and add the cross braces.
Then it’s just a matter of attaching the base to the barrel with a total of 8 bolts. (base slightly forward of barrel center so it doesn’t tip when the dog enters and exits). It’s helpful to stick a short person in the barrel to push the bolts through.
Then you cut a hole in the back and attach the vent, again a short person helps.
Then it’s pretty much just a matter of attaching the adapter, which already has the door on it to the front of the dog house. I put a bead of silicone down before attaching it though. The only complaint I have is that the 1/4 screws strip fairly easily when attaching the door/adapter. I understand why you wouldn’t want to use bolts and why the screw are so short (you don’t want them poking through). I have a tendency to over tighten things.
Then it’s just a matter of tossing a few hot dogs into the barrel to get furball to crawl in. I also tossed his 2.5 cups of dinner in the bottom of the barrel and he ate off the floor. Things are always better when food is involved.
It may look like a smoker or wood burning stove and my neighbor thought I was building a still, but I think it will serve it’s purpose. Since Isaac is mainly an inside dog it will more than definitely suite our needs.
I will say that Isaac is 69.9 lbs at 7 months of age and he fits (can turn around and curl up), but I’m not sure how it will work when he reaching maximum density. The barrel I got for 12 dollars off ebay was supposed to be 24 inches across but ended up being only 22 (negative feedback). The extra 2 inches would help and I may just end up scrounging around for a 24″ barrel in the coming months and swap them out (all the components seem very swapable). It definately will live up to the claim of being chew proof (chomp chomp).
Some of k-9Kondo’s other products look WAY nicer, but for the budget conscious person willing to do a little screwing you can’t beat the price/quality of the K9-Condo in my opinion. Oh and no Isaac has not slept in it yet, he likes laying out in the cold (he’s a minimalist).