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The Doggazine, Issue No. 13, 2008
July 01, 2008
Happy Independence Day to those in the U.S. and Canada (and any other country that celebrates independence in July)!
Most humans enjoy the fireworks accompanying the celebrations, but some dogs are terrified by the strange/loud sounds. If you have a dog you think might need reassurance, try to have someone at home when the fireworks are happening. If that's not possible, leaving music playing or the television on (whatever the dog is used to hearing) at a slightly higher volume, may have a calming effect.
The winner of our FREE set of dog ramp plans in June was Joseph from Idaho, who is currently stationed with the US military in Spangdahlem AB, Germany. He has two Staffordshire Terriers named Charlie and Stella. Congratulations, Joe!
Our JULY 2008 SPECIAL:
Sign up to receive our FREE monthly ezine by July 15, 2008, and you'll automatically be entered in a drawing for instructions for a braided collar-and-leash set!
Here's the link to subscribe to The Doggazine. Pass it along to a friend or relative! Winner to be announced in the August 2008 issue.
ASPCA Toxic Plants Video
Watch this YouTube video profiling 17 plants that are toxic to pets.
Kids Stuff: For Kids of All Ages
DOG PAW PRINT PICTURE
Combine your dog's paw print(s) and your hand prints into a picture!
Practice handling your dog's paw by pressing it against a piece of thin cardboard a few times while he or she is lying down, until the dog no longer reacts. If you plan to use more than one paw or color, practice with more paws.
You will need:
To get the paw print:
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Deb, who lives in the United States, asks:
I saw the question about where to buy bow supplies to make those cute bows for her shitzu. I have a Yorkie, Abby, that I'd love to make bows for too! I found the supplies, now I need the instructions for making the bows. I have not been able to find them. I know there must be some some of trick to making them. I like the bows with 1 to 3 loops made of ribbon that are stiff. I like both the barrett and rubber band attachment types. Please help!
Here is Jo's reply:
Here's a link to four designs I came up with (I made up the names) - the Flat Bow, Rosebud, Pansy and Bow Tie designs
There is also the Layered Barrette design and what I call the Ruffled Barrette design.
You may need to experiment to see which ones work best with stiff ribbon.
Please feel free to share what you come up with on our "Share Your Dog Story" page. Photos are especially appreciated! For an example of a contribution by one of our visitors, see a recent submission at It's Fun Making Dog Hair Bows.
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 somewhere, somehow...
Here are some interesting photos and descriptions of various Dog Truck Boxes that people have built.
Honda, the Japanese automaker, is hip to the fact that the Japanese are big-time dog lovers. At a recent auto show, they featured the WOW, a vehicle with some ideas for making a car more dog friendly.
See WOW dog car
Tips & Tricks
General tips for working with materials:
It's better to cut something a little too big than too small.
Use duct or masking tape as a temporary fastener to hold fabrics, yarns or pieces of wood onto a work surface.
When you glue pieces of wood together and you don't have the right size clamp to hold them together, use duct or masking tape unless the wood has a veneer surface. In that case, tightly wrapped bungee cords may work.
What do you get when you mix a cattle dog and a rattlesnake?
What did the hard drinking dog say to the bartender?
"Bring me a cat-a-tonic, pronto!"
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