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I have seen Knit Your Own Dog eeeeeeverywhere lately, from web sites to The Bark to People magazine. (YES I read it sometimes in the checkout line, OKAYYYY?) I’m learning how to knit, and I just finished a scarf I started in, oh, November, so I totally feel like I’m ready to tackle basset hounds and poodles and the like.

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne’s Knit Your Own Dog contains “easy-to-follow” patterns for knitting 25 breeds of dogs. You can fetch it from Amazon.

Images: Holly Joliffe via Guardian

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This blog features all kinds of nifty and new-fangled doggie products, but do you want to know what my go-to, can’t-live-without, favorite dog product is? Go ahead, ask me. It’s a well-constructed, good-quality leather leash. In my humble-but-fairly-well-educated-if-I-do-say-so-myself opinion, a good leather leash is not only the best, most comfortable way to walk your dog, but if you treat it right, it’ll last you darn near forever. Like Katharine Hepburn, leather leads are classy and durable.

Since a good leather lead only improves with age, we probably won’t have to replace ours for a while. But when we do, I’m looking at these classic, tasty designs from the aptly named Doggie Stylish.

Doggie Stylish also boasts a great collection of equestrian-inspired leather collars. And, if you fancy something fancier, check out Doggie Stylish’s large collection of beaded, ribbon, and fabric collars handmade by owner Karen Friesecke.

Also, be sure to check out the Doggie Stylish blog, where you can find tutorials for all kinds of projects, like making your own dog leads, collars, and harnesses, as well as Karen’s links for free treat recipes and all kinds of fun DIY doggie projects. As Yoda might say, a veritable cornucopia of goodness Doggie Stylish is.

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You want a guaranteed ego booster? Bake some homemade treats for your pup. Failing to delight is pretty much impossible, even if you’re no Martha in the kitchen.

(A little trivia: My first name used to be Martha. I dropped it when I got married ’cause I always used my middle name anyway, and I didn’t want to have four names to deal with. I had to go through a whole court procedure to do it. This is completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, it’s just weird to think about sometimes.)

Anyway, here’s an easy enough dog treat recipe from MarthaStewart.com. The ingredient list is pretty short (and I’d leave out the salt), and there aren’t too many steps. (Recipes with more than 4 or 5 steps sort of scare me.) And while your pup may not actually care about the cute little paw-print designs on the treats, they look like they’d be kinda fun to make.

I’m going to take a little Easter break for the weekend — see y’all Monday!

Thanks to Sarah for this tip!

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Saturday! Yesss! Whatcha gonna do today? A hike with your pups? A trip to the dog park? How about carving a Jack-o-Lantern?

Check out these keee-yooote dog-breed pumpkin stencils from Better Homes and Gardens’ web site.


You can see all the breeds and download patterns for free (with registration) here.

(And if you need a chuckle or two, check out these outtakes from the doggie/pumpkin photo shoot.)


I have a confession to make. My dogs are killers. Oh, they’re perfectly friendly to humans and other animals, but the number of stuffed animals that have met their demise at the paws of my ruthless beasts would make Ted Bundy weep. Thus, it long ago became cost-effective for us to try to resurrect what dead stuffies we could.

Replacement squeakers only run about $1.50-$2.00 for a pack of 6 or so, so stuffy recycling is a real money-saver. Here are some simple steps for giving ripped and gutted stuffy toys new life.

What you need: polyfil stuffing, replacement squeakers (available at Petsmart and other pet supply stores), needle and thread, scissors.

1. Prepare the victim for surgery (i.e., cut off loose strings or threads, remove old squeaker parts, and inspect to be sure it’s safe for reuse).


2. Restuff as needed with polyfil and replace the defunct squeaker.



3. Carefully suture the wound with needle and thread.


4. Tie off and cut excess thread. Voila! Your stuffy is ready to be mutilated once again.


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My super talented friend Jen sent me a link to a lovely little blog called the b-line with quick and easy directions for these awesome DIY pet pouches.


The pouches slide easily on your pup’s collar to carry a poop bag, a housekey, an ID card, a couple bucks, etc. on your walk. Brilliant, huh?

The directions are super easy and are all right here.

(You can find more of the b-line’s handmade goodies in her charming Etsy shop. And my friend Jen? Her gorgeous jewelry can be found on Etsy, too. And the collar the Weim’s modeling in the photo? It’s also from Etsy… one of my favorite shops to peruse, Lucky Fiona.)

Have a great weekend!

(Photo credit: the b-line)

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