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Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Flip the bed right side out and insert pet"

Several of my friends have asked me why I don't answer my telephone in the evening.  The truth is, I can not find the phone. Our chocolate lab, Ella, loves to carry things (e.g. cell phone) around in her soft mouth.  She will show me her find and then Ella takes off running.  So, when the phone rings, I end up running around like a maniac looking for the phone on the stairs, in the backyard or in their beds.

After rescuing the phone one evening, we heard a large pack of coyotes yipping near to our house. This elicited frantic barking from my dogs.  With Law and Order set to start on TV, I wanted the dogs to simmer down.  I checked to see if the coast was clear and opened the door to show them that nobody was there. Layla and Reggie tore out the door and they were half way to the gate when they realized that their leader, their partner in crime, their compadre, Ella, was sitting at the door with the TV remote in her mouth.

During my evening scavenger hunts, I have noticed how quickly our dog beds fall apart.  It doesn't seem to matter if I pay a bit more for the bed or buy them at Costco, they do not stand up to the weekly washing and tug-o-wars.


Recently, I came across the Pretty Little Things blog which has a step by step tutorial on how to make a dog bed.  If you can use  a sewing machine, this blog gives very clear step by step instructions on how to save yourself a little money by making your own dog (or kitty) bed.  Lori Marie (Pretty Little Things) (trained in Fashion Design) likes to use towels because they are "snuggly and "you can find some really great coordinating prints at the discount stores".

 If you are interested in a little somethin', somethin' for yourself, Pretty Little things has a fun Etsy store that is just waiting for you.

Have a good week.
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2 comments:

Kalin said...

Thanks for putting up the link for the tutorial. It's a great bed, which I will have to expand for my Dane. This will be a Christmas project.

Kidazy said...

What a great idea to make your own bed! We actually use a baby crib mattress for our 7 1/2 yr old lab since he has hip dysplasia it adds a little extra spring under him and keeps him off the floor. The only down side to using a crib mattress is that it makes a crinkly noise when your pup re-adjusts in the night, but the crinkle (waterproof covering) is also beneficial if you have an older dog who sometimes loses bladder control.