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Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 | 3 comments

Pets on Location

Pets on Location

When Katie and I do a house tour, we always take a  few photos of the pets on location, many of whom preen for us, sit themselves in the midst of the action, or mischievously photo bomb our tour. We love them, one and all. And yes, we do have neighbors with chickens, although we are sworn to silence about who they are. And course Katie’s cat Pamplemousse and my dog Star are not shy when it comes to DIY Del Ray. Pamplemousse insists on taking part, even when it means bringing the action to a complete stop. We look forward to meeting many more furry or feathered friends in the coming...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 | 2 comments

DIY Pets: Delicious Homemade Dog Treats

DIY Pets: Delicious Homemade Dog Treats

We adopted our dog Star two years ago this month, so we decided to celebrate by making homemade dog treats and handing them out to Star’s friends in the neighborhood. What’s so great about DIY dog treats is that you can’t fail. They can be overdone, dry, or soggy, and it’s guaranteed your best friend will not complain one bit. Since we made them so close to Thanksgiving, we decided to use a traditional holiday ingredient in the batter – the sweet potato. I searched on Pinterest for sweet potato dog treats and found many recipes. I then improvised a bit and decided to add some tuna fish to our version. Other than those two items, we used apple sauce, honey, flour, and one egg, plus olive oil to brush on before baking. I first preheated the oven to 350 while cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave. (We ended up only using 2 of the 3 sweet potatoes.) Meanwhile, we mixed together one can of tuna with 1/4...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 | 1 comment

DIY Pets: Preserving Your Dog’s Paw Print

DIY Pets: Preserving Your Dog’s Paw Print

My neighbor John told me about this paw print project he found and really want to do with his dog Patton. Of course, I wanted to try it with our dog Star (of the upcycled dog sweater and braided dog toy fame). So, we got together on a sunny morning to memorialize our dogs’ unique paw prints, uncertain if the dogs would go along or bite us. Just in case, we planned to ply our dogs with milk bones and peanut butter. We brought out a bucket for washing the ink-stained paws, towels, and paint roller… As well as sketchbook paper, and black paint. Star looked on cluelessly while Patton took his turn first. John pressed Patton’s paw on the roller to thoroughly cover all pads… And then pressed his paw firmly on the sketch paper. Patton was remarkably patient if somewhat bored (yawn). He hung in there quite well though, having to endure several tries. Ultimately, John realized that putting Patton’s full weight onto the paper resulted in...

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Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 | 2 comments

DIY Pets: Making an Upcycled Dog Sweater

DIY Pets: Making an Upcycled Dog Sweater

Our winters are mostly mild, but I wanted our dog Star to look as cute and fashionable as possible. I decided I’d sew an upcycled sweater as soon as I came across the perfect used wool “human” sweater. So, one day, I stopped in Labels Exchange consignment stop and they had the perfect Woolrich sweater behind the counter with a small hole in it. The pattern I followed came from this blog, and I followed the instructions closely except that I added to Star’s design with some needle felting (which would also cover up the hole). Nadja helped me measure Star from her collar to tail, from under her collar to about midway down her belly, from her collar to her front leg… …around her chest, and around her front leg. Over the course of an hour or so, I cut out the pieces, and sewed up the sweater. I’m new to sewing but this, my third project, was easy as pie even to me. Basically, the pattern called...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 | 0 comments

DIY Pet: Making a Braided Dog Toy

DIY Pet: Making a Braided Dog Toy

I saw the DIY dog toy idea on Pinterest (like this one) and it seemed too easy to resist replicating. It’s also a great way to upcycle an old pair of jeans. One leg of my husband’s jeans equals one braided dog toy. Tennis ball optional. You can spend about $10-15 on these toys in the store. Ours cost nothing since we already had a tennis ball. And it only took about a half-hour to make one. 1. Cut 9 long, narrow strips of fabric (about 3 feet long). 2. Braid 3 strips one at a time so you have 3 separate braids. 3. Tie a knot of the 3 braids at one end and then braid all three together. (Optional) Cut two slices on opposites sides of the tennis ball with a box cutter and then squeeze the braid through the ball. It can go anywhere on the braid. 5. Let your dog chew to her heart’s...

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