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The Doggazine, Issue No. 9 -- Feb 2008
February 01, 2008
Hope you all leap through February like a joyful dog, 'cause there's an extra day at the end...

We have a contributor to our Dog Costumes page who now has her very own page on our website! To view and rate the page and/or to add your own, go to Costumes For Your Dog and scroll down to the bottom. Click on the Bumble Bee Halloween Costume entry to read about the great costume she and her family came up with.

What's New and In The Works?

We have:

  • Separated the Ramps and Stairs pages
  • Put together separate pages for Knitted and Crocheted Sweaters
  • Added a DoggePlans™ section to The Dogge Shop - the first set of plans for sale are the Dogge Bridge™ and the Dogge Ramp™
    Plans are less than five dollars (U.S.) a set!
  • Started working on our Dog Houses section: revamping the main page and organizing various dog house plans from different sources
  • Continued working on a page on building dog kennels and runs

It's Free

Time for another FREE drawing! If you are or become a subscriber to our monthly ezine, The Doggazine, by February 28, 2008, you can win a set of our free folding dog ramp plans! The drawing will be held on February 29.

The subject line sent to your e-mail address will say "Winner, February 2008 Doggazine drawing." If you decline your prize, we'll simply draw another winner.

Wondering whether your dog might be headed for health problems due to being overweight? Here's a great freebie -
National Canine Weight Check (First-Ever!)
February 2008 is national canine weight check month. Many veterinarians across the country have signed up to do a FREE weight check and to provide you with a card where you can keep a record of your dog's weight. Some kind of free gift is also offered.

Note: When we did a search using our old zip code in the Sacramento, CA, area, the veterinarian finder didn't turn up any animal doctors when we used the 60 or 100 mile radius. However, when we selected the 500 mile radius, 283 participating veterinarians were listed, the closest just 4 miles away, and the furthest in Oregon, 495 miles away!

Kids Stuff: For Kids of All Ages

Make a 3-D dog to hang from the ceiling

You'll need:
  • 2 Sheets newspaper or butcher paper, at least 18" x 18"
    (450mm x 450mm)
  • A large outline drawing (at least 12" or 300mm) of a dog
    or a dog's head
  • Colored crayons, markers or pencils or paint
  • A marker
  • Scissors
  • A stapler
  • Stuffing material such as plastic grocery bags, tissue paper, newspaper balls or paper towel
  • String or yarn

How to make the puffed dog:

  1. Staple the two sheets of paper together at two corners
  2. Transfer the drawing to one of the sheets
  3. Color or paint the dog any way you like
  4. Once the drawing is dry, use scissors to cut around it, about 1/2 inch (12.5mm) outside of your lines
  5. Staple the two sheets together at 1-inch (25mm) intervals, along the lines you drew, but leave an opening big enough to put your fist inside
  6. Put your stuffing materials inside your puffed animal until it's as round as you want
  7. Close the gap with more staples
  8. Staple string or yarn to the top and hang it up!

  9. 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.

    Here's a query sent by Kathy in the United States:
    Do you sell the squeakers that come inside dog toys?

    Our Answer:
    Hello Kathy,
    Sorry, we do not. Are you looking to put these inside a homemade dog toy? If so, consider getting inexpensive squeaky toys at yard sales or thrift stores and taking them apart to get at the squeaker.

    Pinaccle Pet Supply does sell squeakers for dog toys and say they only have a 1-inch size left, sold in packs of 10.
    Good luck,
    Jo and Stan


    Here's another fun book for teaching your dog tricks:
    How To Teach Your Dog To Talk by Captain Haggerty has 125 easy-to-learn tricks, including using existing sounds your dog makes to sound like some human words. Tricks are divided into categories such as "Useful Tricks" "Magic Tricks" "Rural Dog Tricks" "Urban Dog Tricks" etc.

    Looking for some entertaining reading? Try Close Friends by Peter Jenkins (the same guy who wrote Walk Across America). Not only dog stories but tales about other animals as well.

    Tips & Tricks

    Working with glue?

    Tip 1:
    To keep it off your fingers, try using toothpicks or dried out popsicle sticks.

    Tip 2:
    Use the lid from a margarine or sour cream container for mixing epoxy type glues.

    Tip 3:
    Use a piece of wax paper from an empty cereal box, or the cardboard from the latter to wipe off excess glue from the cap area before you put the glue away.

    Word Play

    You've probably heard about the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland
    We call Comet the Mad Catter because he loses all reason when he sees a moving cat!

    What day is it when a dog sees its shadow?
    Grounddog Day, of course!

    Hope the grounddogs in your area don't see any shadows on February 2nd!

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