Updated: Oct 25, 2018
Hi everyone - we're back with another 'Support Small' feature and this time it's something a little different. This month's feature isn't all about pets. Our June business creates stylish award-winning products to assist with everyday life with a disability. Everything has been thought of by the creators of designed2enable: from travel pillows and shopping trollies to bath steps. In fact, they even make pet products! Of course, that's not all they do so we'll hand you over to designed2enable owner, Katherine, to explain a bit more about her business...
designed2enable is an online retailer of stylish daily living aids, run by husband and wife team, John & Katherine Pyne. At the age of 30, I suffered a life-changing spinal injury from a horse riding accident, which resulted in me becoming an independent wheelchair user.
If you have ever needed to purchase a mobility aid, the chances are it may not have been an enjoyable experience as mobility shops tend to be dull and uninspiring. With our personal experience of disability and the lack of stylish mobility aids, we were inspired to create our online shop, offering our customers a wide range of beautifully designed assistive aids.
With the help of a close friend, I designed our Jaunty Wheelchair Gloves made from luxury leather, which were also the catalyst for our business. We have since developed a wide range of products, many of which are award-winning, including Scandinavian walking canes, carbon fibre rollators, crutches, walking sticks, cotemporary bathroom grab rails and shower seats. We also sell some great products for people with pets. The No Bend Pet Bowl is helpful for anyone who struggles to safely bend down when feeding their cat or dog, preventing falls and injury. (Keep reading to see how WildPaws got on with it!)
Our range of OneLeg Stools are also great for grooming your dog or cat, or for doing the gardening, and are available in a fun range of colours. The stool has a unique curved base, which rocks and turns as you move, giving you a wide-working radius, toning your core stomach muscles while you work and helping to strengthen your back.
Here at designed2enable, we source products from around the world, which we hope our customers will feel happy to use and to have in their home: products that are of quality, style and interest.
Thanks for that, Katherine! It's great to see so many stylish, innovative products being created to help those living with disabilities. Almost everything has been thought of...
Now, Katherine and John were kind enough to send us a No Bend Pet Bowl Feeder to try out. At first, I was unsure of how we were going to do this blog considering nobody in our household suffers from a disability. It felt as if we weren't able to accurately review it and properly test it out. I was racking my brains for someone we could ask to try it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was admitted to hospital for a small outpatient procedure. Nothing major but I wasn't able to bend!! So, out came the No Bend Pet Bowl Feeder...
First impressions? It was perfect for the job and made feeding the dogs so much easier. It is extremely easy to assemble and also height adjustable (up to 72cm) so you can select your ideal height. Once set up, I could just reach my hand straight out for the handle, lift it up to the counter, pop some Lily's Kitchen in and then put it back down for the pups to munch away to their hearts' delight.
The bowl was much bigger than I was expecting so it is perfect for dogs (and cats) of all shapes and sizes from Golden Retrievers to Jack Russells! Each bowl holds 2 cups of food or 1 litre of water - so if you have one dog then you can put their food in one and water in the other. If you have two co-dependent dogs like we do then you have a food bowl each and they'll happily share! In fact, they'll be upset if they don't...
Made from a lightweight plastic, you would assume the feeder to be brittle and weak but in fact it is extremely durable and sturdy. It also has non-slip feet which is perfect if you have two Jack Russells! Always running around the house, tripping everyone and everything up as they go along - a steel slippy bowl is a no-go here. With this feeder there is no spilling, no fuss and no mess!
You can definitely see the thought and creativity put into the design of this feeder. Not just in terms of practicality but in terms of style too. As Katherine said earlier, the aim behind designed2enable was to create stylish, useful products for people living with a disability. This modern design is the kind of thing which would not look out of place in a pet shop or home store and is certainly something I would consider purchasing for the look alone! (Paisley insisted on getting in the shot below...)
Of course, if you're living with a disability and have pets then it will come in very handy too. If you struggle to bend down or are unsteady on your feet then it can prove very difficult to feed your beloved pet. The No Bend Pet Bowl allows you to feed them with comfort and ease and reduces the risk of you falling - the perfect solution. The easy grip, twist and lock design of the handle allows it to be easily removed for cleaning so it really will make your life easier. What's more, it's dishwasher safe which is always a bonus in our household!
Visit www.designed2enable.co.uk or telephone 0800 772 3771
Thanks for reading this month's 'Support Small' feature! I hope you enjoyed it as much as Wilbur & Paisley enjoyed finally eating their breakfast...
Love Miss WildPaws