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The Doggazine, Issue No. 17, Jan 2009
January 01, 2009

Happy New Year to you all!

Comet's fur is not sure what to make of this Florida weather - cold for a few days with freezing nights, then warm and humid for several days. He's certainly living up to his nickname, the German Shedder or should we be calling him the Florida Furminator?


What's New and In The Works?

Pages that were added are shown below.

DOG GIFTS 'N PARTY
See Spreads for Dog Cakes
Toppers for Dog Cakes
Dog Birthday Gift Baskets
Dog Treat Gift Baskets
Unique Personalized Dog Gifts

HOMEMADE DOG TOYS
Note: All of the below were contributed by visitors between October and December 15. THANK YOU!

Katie Ellen from New Zealand contributed the Sock with Treat Inside
Rachael from Utah gave us instructions for Squeaky Toys
Hati from Gloucestershire wrote up the Hide A Go Eat directions
Olivia from Sacramento, CA, added the Tennisrope
D'arcy Parrota from Mackay, Queensland, contributed The Gizzz
Melissa Ann from New York sent in the Rope Ball
Alexa Dean from Oxford, MI, typed up the Pull Rope for us.
Shareena Gaskill from Derby, U.K., had the idea for a Plaited Pull Rope
Ticina from Florida presented us with Sock In The Sock
Diane from Pennsylvania added Fleece Tag Blankets for Pups of All Ages
Stacy Macintyre from Nova Scotia added the Tug A Sock
Elizabeth from San Diego, CA, contributed the Sock Snowball
Briana from Blue Spring, MO, sent in this idea: Sling Bird
And finally, here's an anonymous contribution: Tea Towel Tug Rope Toy

HOMEMADE DOG TREATS:
Angela Corvaia of Texas sent in instructions for her popular Healthy Cheap Dog Treat

We're investigating new pages to add. Keep an eye on our What's New section or sign up for our RSS feed to find out what we come up with! Also on our wish list for this year is a site re-design...



It's Free

Following are some nifty FREE dog toy making ideas from eHow.com:
Cheap Dog Toys
Make Dog Toys
Braided Dog Rope

And here are ideas for decorative covers for a dog collar:
Free Pet Patterns

Did you receive your FREE mystery e-prize? If you entered a valid contribution between October and December 2008 for making something dog related and you did not receive your prize, please Contact Us. We will need a working email address to send you the prize.



Kids Stuff: For Kids of All Ages

Hey kids! Having a dog is not all fun and games (as you may have found out). There are responsibilities too - here are some links you find helpful - they are pdf files so you will need Adobe Acrobat reader to read them:
Bailey Goes Home
Bailey Tip Sheet

On the lighter side, here are some Dog Jokes for Kids



Reader's Write

Do you have a question you want answered or some comments you want to pass along? Just Ask Us or Contact Us
We usually respond within two days so if you don't receive an answer, it may mean we either didn't 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.

Darlene in the U.S. wrote: I have two beagles who love to burrow down under the covers. Problem is I spend many waking hours getting out of bed to recover them. I have an idea of a bed closed in on three sides but with an opening about 10 inches high they could crawl into and burrow in the deepest end. I'm not much at sewing but have been unable to find what I need (at a price i can afford) that would fit this. Any ideas?

Here's what we answered::
Thanks for writing, Darlene. The only idea we have right now is for you to somehow create some firm sides using cardboard with the size opening you want - perhaps a big old refrigerator box or layers of cardboard taped together. Then insert a washable sleeping bag, quilts or blankets big enough for the two of them. Attach the fabric to the opening of the box with velcro to keep it open for them to crawl in.

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



Reviews

Here's a dog site from the U.K. that is fun to visit:
Out and About With Your Dog offers lots of information about traveling with your dog, holidays, places for walks and more.

Interested in bringing your dog to work? Here's a U.S. site that details places where this actually happens!
Dog Friendly Employers



Tips & Tricks

Tips for working with Velcro:
Tip 1:
Decide which end of the Velcro you want to have on the bottom and top before you sew or glue it in place. Pin the parts firmly in place to try out the best arrangement.

Tip 2:
If you're using glue-on Velcro, add a strong glue that works with your fabric or surface before putting the patches in place since it's unlikely to stay in place otherwise.

Tip 3:
If you try to hand sew a glue-on Velcro patch, your needle will get gummed up. Try adding oil or acetone to the needle as you sew. It is not recommended to use a sewing machine for this type of Velcro - use the non sticky kind.



Word Play

For us humans, a nose dive usually means a plane or a person heading straight for the ground.
For dogs, it's simply what they do when the smell something they just have to sniff, regardless of leash restraints.

A tow away zone is something we associate with illegally parked vehicles.
However, when walking a dog, the tow away zone is often that nose dive place you're trying to get them away from!



Our next issue will be March 1, 2009.

We don't know about you but we're trying to ignore the news and just copy Comet's idea of the perfect life: A place to sleep, enough to eat, a roof overhead, a few people who love him, places to run free and cats to chase!

(Though we do reserve the right to substitute things such as playing music, surfing the Web and exploring on two feet or by bicycle for some of the things he likes to do...)

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