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The Doggazine, Issue No. 11 -- Apr 2008
April 01, 2008

Congratulations to Linda of California! Linda won the free set of our Dogge Bridge™ plans from the drawing held at the end of February.

Spring has arrived in these parts and Comet's been in dog heaven - lots of large, grassy areas to run in trying to catch critters that laugh at him. One jackrabbit watches and waits till he gets close but never close enough... Very cartoonlike!

What's New and In The Works?

Spent a lot of time changing the look of the site, which has been on the to-do list for a long time. Used a new software program, so it took a couple of weeks, which meant adding pages took a backseat.

However, a few pages were built including:
Dog Wheelchairs: An Overview
Homemade Dog Wheel Chairs: Materials Required
Homemade Dog Wheel Chairs Designs

Not sure what we'll be working on next. Just check the "What's New" button for anything we add during the month.



It's Free

Draw A Dog Step-by-Step
Provides a simple set of steps for learning to draw a dog’s head in profile.

Webshots signups
If you have photos of your dog(s) you'd like to share, among other things, you can:

  • Set up your own, customized home page
  • Store and share 1000 photos + 100 more for each month of membership
  • Upload on the go from your mobile phone
  • Download 5 professional shots a day
  • Caveat: They do not offer technical support for the FREE sign up.



Kids Stuff: For Kids of All Ages

Webindia123 tells you how to make a shaggy looking dog out of yarn and a bottle. You may need a parent to help you with this project.

Note:
  • “Bangle” means “bracelet”
  • Any available yarn, string or even strips of cloth can be used
  • If you'd rather use a plastic bottle, add sand or pebbles or fill it with water and cap it tight so that it has some weight to it and doesn't fall over easily
  • Use any kind of glue that works e.g. Tacky Glue, hot glue, Goop,
  • For the eyes and tongue you can use pompoms, felt, fabric, buttons, pieces of plastic lids, colored pieces of cardboard etc.


Reader's Write

Do you have a question you want answered? Just Ask Us

We usually respond within two days so if you don't receive an answer, it may mean we either did not get a valid e-mail address to respond to (this has happened several times), or your spam blocker blocked the email. Set your emails to receive from */make-and-build-dog-stuff.com.

Debbie from Massachusetts wrote:
I am looking for a place to buy dog bed fleece (shearling) so I can make my own beds & toys. I've typed it in on the Internet, and gone to local fabric shops. All I come up with is already made dog products. Any suggestions?

(We found out "shearling" is lambskin with a layer of wool still on it. We sent an email back with some links to places that might sell the real thing. However, Debbie emailed us back that she was actually looking for "faux shearling" meaning the fake version that is machine washable. She wanted it for her dog, Pete, a rescued border collie mix about 12 years old.

Here's our reply:
Sorry about the misunderstanding, Debbie. Here's a company in the U.S. that may be able to help you: I'm Stuffed Fur

Debbie thanked us and told us she'd let us know how things went.

Remember, we'd love to hear from the rest of you - if you have a question, we'll try to find the answer somewhere, somehow...
Jo, Stan and Comet




Reviews

Last month we featured a website with Jack Russell Terrier photos. This month, we found Webshots.com. This website has millions of photos in all kinds of categories including many good photos of real people's dogs.

You can do a free signup (see IT'S FREE above) to create your own albums, request permission to use others’ photos, and so much more. People using this site leave positive commentary and take great pictures. Camera and resolution details provided many photos.

Were you born in the Year of the Dog? Read this fascinating description of your possible personality traits from www.usbridalguide.com: Year of the Dog



Tips & Tricks



Tip 1:
Before you put in a screw or bolt that you do not plan to remove, add a little glue or Loctite to the threads

Tip 2:
Use a toothpick or popsicle stick to apply the glue and keep it off your fingers

Tip 3:
Wipe excess glue from around the top of the tube before you put the cap back on to prevent the cap from becoming impossible to open again



Word Play

Some tasks cannot be deferred
One of them is brushing a shedding dog that needs to be de-furred

What do you call a dog that designs houses?
The word barkitect comes to mind



Well, that's all for April, folks. Look out for all that flying fur!

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