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Dog's Life: DIY
Doggie Leash Bag
Carry your pickup bags in style

When nature calls and your dog answers—this leash bag will hold four or five grocerystore-size plastic pick-up bags (and even more of the smaller versions) for quick access. Never fumble through your pockets again!

• Fabric
• Elastic (3/8" wide)
• Plastic Snap Hook
• Thread

Cut two rectangles of fabric: one 11 1/2" by 9” for the bag itself and another 3" by 4 1/2" for the loop that attaches the plastic hook. Cut a length of elastic 5 1/2" long.

Take smaller rectangle and fold over 1" (making the rectangle 4 1/2" by 2" inches) and iron. Fold other side in to meet side one and iron in place. Fold side two over creating a crease where the two sides meet, and iron. Stitch down center of rectangle. Fold in half and thread on plastic hook. Fold large rectangle in half, with right sides together. Place small rectangle with plastic hook 2 1/4" in from the fold with 1/2" of the fabric sticking out the top. Sew top and side only with a 3/4" seam. Trim corners and seams. Turn right side out. Turn raw edge under 1/2" and iron. Turn edge under again 1" to create pocket for elastic to be run through. Sew bottom edge with a 1/4" seam from the top and leave a 1 1/2" opening to allow for insertion of elastic.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and run it through pocket in bag, leaving both ends out. Overlap ends of elastic about 1" and sew them together (make sure that they are sewn securely). Put your fingers in the opening of the bag and pull gently to make elastic disappear into the pocket. Sew the small opening in pocket closed.

Finished size: 6" x 5"

Wellness: Healthy Living
Healthy Food Dogs and Kids Can Share
TREAT them both right

You want to give your dog the best. You want to give your child the best, too. No one advocates feeding your child dog food. But how about giving both of them … salmon steak?


Sharing food with your dog seems radical, but it’s merely a return to the way dogs were fed for millennia. The human-animal bond developed partly because dogs and humans could eat the same foods, and the act of sharing reinforced this intimate connection.

Shared food isn’t novel compared with “dog food,” which was invented only 150 years ago when Spratt’s Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cake hit the market. With this biscuit, dog food distinct from human food was created. After World War I, canned horsemeat joined biscuits as dog food, and after World War II, better living through chemistry brought on the golden age of processing: kibble for dogs, TV dinners and Tang for kids.


Nowadays, few of us would feed our kids a 1950s classic like baked ham slice slathered in mustard and garnished with maraschino cherries, a triumph of color over taste. Nor would we feed our dogs a mid-century meal of Gaines-Burgers, a triumph of marketing over nutrition. Instead, we are rediscovering the benefits of unprocessed, home-prepped, whole foods for our kids and dogs.


Michael Pollan’s best-selling In Defense of Food warns us not to eat anything our great-grandmothers wouldn’t recognize as food. A complementary principle applies: Don’t feed your dog anything your great-grandmother’s dog wouldn’t recognize as food. What they would both recognize is the same: simply food, not a “Food, Inc.” assemblage of processed factory ingredients.


The best food for dogs and kids is organic, whether meat, produce or whole grains. Too expensive? You can still prepare healthy, sharable meals. Look for sales in your market’s meat section. Chicken and beef can be cheaper per pound than kibble, canned food or packaged treats, and their nutritional value far exceeds that of dog food, whose first ingredients often include by-products and nutrient-poor, agricultural-grade grains. Dog food gives you less for more; shared food gives you more for less. Read unit prices!


Shared food is as fast as “fast food,” as convenient as “convenience food.” Give your kid and your dog carrots instead of potato chips and dog biscuits. Think freshness and simplicity, not complexity and trendiness. A dietary dividend: Kids are more likely to try new foods if the dog’s enjoying them.


Enrich your perspective on shared food with the TREATS system. Named for what dogs and kids both enjoy, TREATS stands for:


Taste over Image

Read Labels

Eat Local, Fresh, Organic

Always Flavor It Yourself

Tooth or Dare

Sporting Life


Taste over Image: Don’t buy the succulent-looking chicken plumped with saltwater, pumped with antibiotics and fed pesticide-laced corn. Buy organic or at least “natural” chicken. It tastes better and needs no artificial enhancement.


Read Labels: The packaging depicts a cornucopia of ripe fruits and vegetables, but what’s really inside? Only the manufacturer knows for sure, but you can learn a lot by reading labels. Note the number and incomprehensibility of ingredients in processed food. A whole food has one ingredient: a banana contains banana.


Eat Organic, Seasonal, Local: Patronize a farmers’ market or farm stand. Be brave—if the First Lady can commandeer a plot of White House lawn, you can grow a victory garden. At least set up a window box and grow herbs to …


Always Flavor It Yourself: Don’t buy foods with salt or sugar added. Let your child and dog discover the real taste of food. Experiment with spices like cinnamon, ginger and anise.


Tooth or Dare: Fight dental decay and gum disease; don’t buy kid- and dog-targeted commercial foods. Children’s cereals “might as well be cookies,” says Marion Nestle in What to Eat. Give your kid and dog an apple to share. Dog food doesn’t promote dental health, and it often contains sugar (as does canine toothpaste!). In the wild, canids’ teeth stay clean through a diet consisting primarily of meat and bones. (With their wolf-like dentition, dogs are classified taxonomically as carnivores, which does not preclude opportunistically eating vegetation, including digestible vegetables.)


Sporting Life: Encourage your kid and dog to play together. Childhood and canine obesity are major health problems. An active lifestyle is as important as a healthful diet with portion control.


Here’s the real treat: When your kid and dog enjoy a shared meal, they’re celebrating the human-animal bond all over again. Bone appetit!



Dog's Life: DIY
Sew It Up for Halloween

Admit it—you’ve tried your sunglasses on your dog at least once, or maybe even tied a scarf around his head. With Halloween on its way, it’s the perfect time to release your inner fashionista and really dress up the pup. Break out the measuring tape, pinking shears and pins and kick it up to the next level. Commercial patternmakers are ready to help —stop by your local fabric store or go online for some cuter-than-cute ideas.


And for a cornucopia of links to all sorts of patterns—costumes, beds, coats and more—visit Sweet Lucy’s.

Wellness: Health Care
What to Do if Your Dog is Sprayed by a Skunk

You’ll Need

  • A clean plastic bucket in which to mix the ingredients
  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (usually sold in pint bottles, so you’ll need two; use of other strengths is not recommended)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (do not use washing soda, which is much stronger and will burn your dog’s skin.)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid detergent (Softsoap and Ivory liquid are preferred)

How to Use It
Apply to dry dog, working well into the fur. Let stand for about five minutes, then rinse with tepid water; repeat if necessary. Do not store this mixture; it loses it effectiveness and more importantly, it releases oxygen gas and the container could explode. It may bleach the dog’s hair (but better that than the smell!). And remember, the sooner you deal with the skunking, the better, as over time, the smell sets and is harder to eliminate.

Source: Paul Krebaum, Chemical & Engineering News (1993)


Dog's Life: Lifestyle
At home or on the road, dogs put the life in lifestyle.