Last week’s post on the DIY Dog Rain Coat got me to thinking about all the other DIY dog coats & sweaters I’ve written about. Here are a bunch of tutorials on how to make your dog her own coat—everything from upcycling to sewing to knitting to even weaving.
Heather, of Heatherly Loves, used an old dog coat as a pattern to cut out pieces from some oil cloth she had left over from another project. She used left-over knit fabric to line the coat, but knit can be fussy to sew. I would either not line the coat or would use flannel or light fleece. The result is a very functional, thrifty rain coat that looks really cute. I like that the belly strap is further back, though you’ll want to be sure a male dog won’t get pee on it. Saffron still shakes herself off even when wearing a coat and it always leaves the end of her coat flipped up. Having the strap further back might keep this from happening.
Oh, hell yeah! I. Love. This. Kid! Puff, Cashmere, and Flicker are 3 of the luckiest cats to have Daniel as their person. He has done an incredible job clicker training them and as a result, is keeping their brains sharp & their bodies fit. I love the effort he’s put into his equipment too. Daniel even has site with cat training tips called Cattrainingtips. What a neat young man!
Here are a ton of DIY cat toys! One of my pet peeves (groan!) is ugly pet toys . I like them to be colorful, cute, and/or funny, and the easiest way to achieve that is to make your own. The great thing about DIY cat toys is they take very little fabric, yarn, etc. and they’re usually quick to make. All of the toys below will make nice gifts for kitties and their people. Have fun!
Life has been a bit hectic here lately—car problems, washing machine in pieces, replacing a porch, & food poisoning. Despite the craziness, our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy—the East Coast and the Caribbean, in particular. Every disaster reminds me of how important it is to be prepared. We live in an earthquake-prone area and we don’t have the advantage of getting any warning before something happens, but I would want to be prepared no matter where we lived.
Here are a number of posts on how you can prepare to take care of your pets in the event of an emergency. It doesn’t have to be done all at once and it doesn’t have to be expensive, so don’t feel overwhelmed. There is a wealth of information here and it’s the result of many hours of research consulting AVMA, FEMA, ASPCA, HSUS, CDC, Petfinder, & more. Please share these posts with anyone who has pets, but please also give credit to Pet Project and link to my blog.