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November 13, 2013


Brrrrr . . . . . . . we're delicate here in the South.  When the temps
dip below 32 degrees we start shivering like an excited Chihuahua.
 
 
If you have a little furry friend who needs an 'emergency'
sweater, this illustration is just the ticket:
Take an old sweater, cut off one of the sleeves from the cuff to the length you
need then snip out arm holes.  Yes, it will eventually unravel but trimming out
the rough edges with double folded bias tape will solve that problem.
 
 
Hard-to-shop-for people would often rather have a gift given to their pet than to themselves.  Today's post is all unusual and affordable pet gifts.
 
 
Genius - catnip flavored bubbles to blow for the cat!
 
 
 
 
Whack a Mole!  What?
That's right - your feline no longer has to hunt down moles,
he can pounce in the comfort of his home for less than $10.
 
 
How 'bout a doggie umbrella that's also a leash:
 
 
 
 
This is an incredibly practical idea:
A collapsible dog bowl that latches onto a
water bottle is a must-have for long walks.
And, it's priced under $10.
 
 
Another alternative to portable pet water is the Slurpabowl - a cute,
recyclable, portable drinking bowl that folds up and attaches to the leash.
 
A bit pricey, a pack of 6 is priced at $9.99.
 
 
 
Every pet owner knows that identify tags can get scratched and hard
to read over time.  Here's a humorous sturdy tag that the company will
personalize with your information on the flip side:
 
 
 
A Christmas tree really isn't complete without
pet ornaments and they aren't hard to make:
 
 
 
 
This darling pet bed is a thrift store end table
turned upside down and decorated:
 
 
 
 
 

And, lastly, one of the most economical and appreciated pet gifts is a canister of homemade pet treats.

 
Here are several sites you can visit which feature a variety of recipes.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Puppies often have trouble with hard
treats so a soft cookie might be best.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Whichever recipe you use, include a copy of it with the treat gift.
 
 
Note:  My assistants, Archie and Boswell, endorse this gift idea!
 
 
 Stay warm, friends.

22 comments:

  1. Lots of lovely ideas here, not that we spoil our dogs or anything!!

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    1. When our 'baby' left home for college many years ago the dogs got bumped up. They basically rule the roost! -- Jan

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  2. You have very cute assistants :)

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    1. Thanks but, boy, it's getting harder and harder to come up with employee benefit package for them! -- Jan

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  3. These are great ideas! Love the little doggy sweater and the pet bed! The pet tag is so cute. xo Karen

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    1. I think it might be easier to shop for a pet than for an owner! That pet bed really caught my eye - such a clever idea.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your ideas! Our daughter and son-in-law have two mini-dachshunds so I am always in the market for doggie related gifts.

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    1. One of our neighborhood has a couple of mini-dachshunds and they're adorable. Such energy! One gift I didn't post was great but a little expensive - an automatic tennis ball throwing machine. Talk about keeping the pups occupied for hours!

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  5. Heehee, I am loving the Whack a Mole for my cat Guy. Actually we will have to call it Whack a Chipmunk....

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    1. Isn't that a cute idea? My niece has 2 cats who bring her 'gifts' of moles so I think I'll have to get her one of those.

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  6. All wonderful ideas. This year for friends who also have dachshunds, I am making doggie cuddly sleeping bags. They are $40.00 and up on the internet. I am buying a throw with sherpa lining at Kohls, on sale and discount coupon , cut it in half, sew the sides and whalaa, two doggie sleeping bags. If you have a dog that like to get under their blankets to sleep, these are great.

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    1. What a great idea - my Mom's 2 Jack Russell terriers like to burrow under the covers so that even their little noses don't show. I'm going to use your idea and make them little sleeping bags. Thanks!

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  7. What FUN things here! Love the whack-a-mole! xo Diana

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    1. I love that idea, too. My niece has a cat that is very playful and he'd love this.

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  8. I have a sweater that the moths devoured, and I'm wondering if the sleeve will fit my beagle, Lois Lane? Hmm. Going to find out! thanks for the idea!

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    1. Lois Lane - what a cute name! If your sweater doesn't work, try visiting a thrift store and browse through their sweaters. Remember those wild patterned sweaters from the early 90's? Won't they make cute doggie sweaters?!

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  9. Love the gift ideas, looks like Archie and Boswell will be the recipients of some yummy apple doggie treats. My little girl cat has hyperthyroidism and is extremely thin. The medication has not helped her regain any weight, consequently she is always cold. She has not slowed down and still wants to go outside and hunt. I am wondering if The doggie sweater idea would fly with her (she can get really irritated with unfamiliar things), I hate to make her stay in but I don't want her to be freezing either so a nice warm sweater could help her keep on enjoying hunting. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I have an old sweatshirt in the closet that I could use to make a cozy to fit her tiny body.

    Candy

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