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The Doggazine, Issue No. 8 -- Jan 2008
January 01, 2008
Wow! 2008 already - a blank slate with so many wonderful possibilities!

Comet says: Here's a couple of suggestions for New Year's resolutions:
1. Get off your paws and make lots of cool things for your dogs
2. Make your dog happy at least once a day!

Annalee of California was the winner of our free Dog Necklace Kit in the November 30 drawing. Doug of Connecticut won the Dog Magnet Kit the month before that. Congratulations to you both, and happy crafting!
Hint - We'd be delighted if you sent pictures or a story about how things turned out...

What's New and In The Works?

We have:
  • Finally added Comet's sweater page. See Comet's Knitted Sweater
  • Starting a page on how to build dog kennels and runs
  • Built a working prototype of a wood-framed folding dog ramp

It's Free

Do you enjoy Pacman as much as Jo does? Here's a version you can download called Dog Pacman!

Just looking for a little dog philosophy or humor? Try out these Free Dog Quotes

Kids Stuff: For Kids of All Ages

Hey Kids - Do you have a picture of your dog that you really like? Here's one way to make a frame to go around it from things you already have lying around the house...

You'll need:
  • An old cereal box or empty cardboard box
  • A pair of sturdy scissors
  • A pencil and pen or marker to draw the lines
  • A good pencil eraser
  • Glue
  • Decorative items (see below)
  • Items to hang the picture with such as string, wire or yarn

How to prepare the frame:

  • Place your picture in the middle of the cardboard
  • Using the pencil, draw around the edges of the picture
  • Remove the picture. It's outline should be clearly visible
  • With a pen or marker, draw lines about 1/4 inch [6 mm] to the inside so your new outline matches the first one but is a little smaller
  • Erase the pencil (first) outline
  • Using scissors, cut along the remaining, smaller outline and take out the cardboard in the middle
  • Trim the outside edge of the frame to the desired shape and width
  • Tape string, wire or yarn to the back of the frame or punch holes and tie your hanger on

How to decorate the frame:

  • Apply paints, crayons and/or markers, or glue colored paper onto the frame to provide a background color
  • Glue on plastic straws, wooden matches, popsicle sticks, yarns, buttons, bottle caps, decorative paper, glitter, ribbon, dog fur that's been shed, fake fur, or anything else you can think of that you think will look good

How to finish the frame once it's dry:

  • Place your picture underneath the frame so it looks the way you want it
  • Glue the edges of your picture to the inside of the frame
  • Find a place you want to hang it
  • Adjust the string or wire to the right length and hang it up!

Reader's Write

Mary from Indiana wrote us a while back:
hi, i am in the market for plans for kennels and runs. we will be building a pole barn and want runs and kennels incorporated into it. any info will be helpful. i am a breeder and if you have any playpen plans or whelping box info, please include. thanks.

Our Answer:
At this time we do not have any plans for kennels or runs. In the meantime, if you haven't found any plans elsewhere, we suggest you look at existing facilities and (if possible) talk to the folks there about how they were built. Write down the ideas you get from that process. Keep in mind the main features you are looking for. For example: dog comfort, insulation, durability, slope of floor for cleaning, materials, alternate materials you could use, cost of materials, size of the kennels, height of the fences etc.

We once built a large triangular pole (peeled with a drawknife) corral to serve as a playpen for our daughter when we lived out in the boonies in southern Oregon some 20 years ago. We also built a pole shed for processing organic produce. For the playpen, pay attention to any open spaces between the poles so the puppies don't get their heads or paws stuck and, of course, be sure they can't wriggle through. Wire can be used to hold poles together at the corners: tag sharp end pieces with staples. Best regards, Stan and Jo


Is your dog bored with the everyday? Here's an interesting book we found at a book sale:
Dog Tricks for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson.
"Once you and your canine pal have serious training (for obedience, basic good behavior, and so on) under the belt, you can take the edge off by injecting the whole training process with some fun tricks and games."

Check out Living With Farm Dogs for an informative article by Kristin Mehus-Roe about how to keep your house and dog clean when your dog has access to mud and manure.

Tips & Tricks

Needing to cut up a cardboard box for a project? Here are some tips:

Tip 1:
To prevent the cardboard from tearing in the wrong direction, strengthen the area to be cut with pieces of wide masking tape or duct tape before you start.

Tip 2:
Use a knife that has small serrations like a steak or bread knife.

Tip 3:
Use the serrated knife like a saw. Take your time and take breaks if you need to.

Word Play

Panorama - what humans see looking at a view
Dogorama - what dogs see when they're scanning for squirrels or cats

What do you call dog poetry?
Doggerel, of course!

Here's to a year that's gonna be great - we're talking about 2008!

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