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DIY Project Handy Tugger Toy
A homemade toy to enjoy.
Crafty dog lovers will find lots to inspire them in Mike Spears’ new book, Silly Dog Toys, which includes 12 easy projects. Safety first: Spears notes that it’s important to use materials that have not been soiled or coated with toxic substances, and that it’s also essential to supervise your pup’s play—or better yet, play with her. We couldn’t agree more! The Handy Tugger will satisfy the...
Dog's Life: DIY
Crafting a Martingale Collar
Do it yourself
Craft A Collar
Martingale collars are not just for sighthounds anymore—they’re also a good choice for dogs who’ve learned they can back out of their collars and head for the nearest dog park on their own. Martingales are modified slip collars; the large loop goes around the dog’s neck, while the leash is attached to the D-ring on the smaller loop. (Dogs should NOT wear this collar unsupervised, and it should...
Blog: Guest Posts
Collecting Antique Dog Photos
Artistry and history—without the sticker shock of paintings.
People love collecting. Go to any garage sale, estate sale or antique show and you will see avid collectors carefully inspecting items in vendors’ booths on tables or in boxes. As antique shows gradually become a thing of the past, the Internet provides a major outlet for finding antiques and collectibles. It is especially helpful when what you collect is not common or easy to find.  ...
Dog's Life: DIY
Make a Crate Cover
Sometimes, a pup just needs a little privacy or protection from the sun.
Crate Cover
Materials •Heavyweight fabric (such as upholstery fabric or a quilted material), bias tape and thread •Velcro® or ribbon for air vents and attachments (optional) Directions Measure the crate. Allow extra for shrinkage and seam allowances, plus some for roominess. If the crate is relatively small, you can cut out the cover in one piece (see drawing). If you want air vents, cut them out.You...
Blog: Guest Posts
Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed
Make a statement with your dog’s sleep zone
When Brian Patrick Flynn needed a dog bed as an alternative to the couch for his generously shedding white rescue Terrier, Gidget, he couldn’t be satisfied with a mass-produced bed. He needed a piece of canine furniture that fit in his Mid-Century Modern home and reflected his eclectic tastes and skills as a home makeover TV show producer, interior designer and creator of Décor Demon.   The...
Wellness: Recipes
Make It & Take It
Nothing says love like homemade gifts
pupcakes
Nothing says love like homemade gifts, and if we asked dogs what’s on their wish list, we bet they’d say, “Treats, please.” When it comes to wrapping those treats, think creative reuse and extend the gift potential.Here are ideas to get you started. PUPCAKES By Dianne Porter Whip up three dozen bite-sized carob mini-cupcakes in less than an hour with this original recipe. Ingredients 1/4...
Dog's Life: DIY
Craft a Pebble Dog!
Lovable companions crafted from pebbles and paper.
Pebble Pets
Henry  You will need: • five A5 (21 x 15cm/8¼ x 5¾in) rectangles of handmade paper: one each in black, dark brown, pink, reddish-brown and white for the body, collar, ears, head, nose and tail • two A5 (21 x 15cm/8¼ x 5¾in) rectangles of craft paper: one each in black and white for the ears and eyes • one 3cm (11/8in) length of 24-gauge white covered florists’ wire for the tail • one pink...
Blog: Guest Posts
Jack-o’-Lassie
DIY: Pupkin carving time
It’s pumpkin carving season, and for many us dog lovers that means immortalizing our four-pawed pals in flickering lanterns. A few days ago, we received this image of a pretty stupendous dog-o’-lantern from last fall. We asked the carver, Julie Life, how and why she created her canine tribute.  Why: “My husband asked me to make it last year for a little carve contest in our town,” says Life, a...
Blog: Guest Posts
Another Dog-Smart Home Tip
Let sunshine in, keep distractions out
Back when we cast our net for dog-smart home-design ideas, I blogged about how replacing our solid front door with a glass door greatly enhanced my dogs’ street-watching pleasure. (Or, at least, the myriad nose prints suggest my pups enjoy the view.) Recently, I heard from Lizza Osborn of Spokane, Wash., who had a sort of reverse challenge for which she found a stylish, low-cost solution.   “My...
Blog: Karen B. London
Doggy Watering Hole
It’s neighbors helping neighbors
While visiting my parents in Oregon, I was out running when I saw a bucket filled with water suspended under a sign that read “Doggy Watering Hole.” I was charmed by this thoughtful, neighborly gesture at the side of the road. This sort of community-mindedness is something to be celebrated.   Now I realize that there will be folks who think, “Ew, what a great way to share germs.” To this I say 1...

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