bailey needs a sun umbrella that can be left open on a daily basis. the problem is that we live in a very windy city and a regular 8' tall umbrella would get blown away. she needs something closer to the ground so a gust of wind doesn't come up and carry it away (like dorothy's house on the wizard of oz). so we put on our thinking caps and came up with a solution.
all you need is a patio umbrella, a piece of pvc pipe, and an umbrella stand. by using pvc, you can cut the pipe to any length with just a hacksaw. when you buy an umbrella, the pole comes in two parts but you will only need the top half. just slide the umbrella half into a piece of pvc pipe. it will fall all the way into the pipe, but we want it to do that.
now just slip the pipe into the umbrella stand and ta-da, you have a custom height umbrella for your pooch. the pipe we used, fits perfectly into our umbrella stand, without any wobble, and keeps our umbrella standing straight. (for bailey we used a 6' umbrella and a 4' piece of 1 1/4" pipe.)
the umbrella stand is perfect for the mobility but we also wanted to have a permanent spot for the umbrella. she mostly hangs out on the south end of our yard, so we cemented a plug into the ground between some stepping stones. it's flush with the stones and does not create a tripping hazard when the umbrella is being used on the north end of the yard.
until we meet again my friends-