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Patriotic Dog Leash…will your dog be stylin’ this year?

Memorial Day Dog Leash for fashionista dogs….

leash_w_backgroundHey everyone…here is a shameless plug for my Patriotic Dog Leashes.  Kringles and Lacey sport theirs every Memorial Day and 4th of July.  These are a feature item in my Rescue Chic line…a Pawsitivley stylish way to make a difference.  We donate a portion of our leash sales to pet rescue charities.

These leashes are made of an Acrylic yarn…very durable.  They are 36 inches long…1.5 inches wide…with a 3/8 inch swivel snap hook.  They are safe for small dogs. I use these leashes for my Pom and my Lhasa (11 pounds and 15 pounds) and feel very safe walking the dogs with them.    The leashes have jingle bells attached under one of the flowers…because every little cutie should make a little jingle when they walk!

Leashes are available at my ETSY shop!

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Confessions of an imperfect dog mom: The Cadillac of dog strollers…yes I take my dog out in a stroller!

The best dog stroller on the market…

Pet Gear Stroller Review
Pet Gear Stroller The Cadillac of Dog Wagons

Yes, I am one of those “crazy ladies” who takes her dog trolling around the neighborhood in a stroller.  Kringles, my 16+year old pomeranian has an enlarged heart.   He can no longer go for walks…he tires within a minute or two…but Kringles does not want to get left behind either…so I am not leaving him behind!  I am sure that there are plenty of neighbors and passers by that laugh or poke fun at the crazy lady with her dog in the stroller…good thing I am not one to care what anyone thinks…especially when it comes to taking care of my dogs.  Kringles and I proudly troll the hood and will continue to do so every day that Kringles still can.20140906_113130

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The old stroller

The first stroller I purchased for Kringles was rickety and uncomfortable…the cheap plastic wheels made for a bumpy ride and I really could only use it on flat paths at the park…no chance of navigating curbs.  Bret, (my wonderful husband) picked out a stroller fit for a king so Kringles could cruise in style.  We ordered the “Pet Gear: stroller from Amazon...it wasn’t cheap…it was $366.00 (shipping was free because we are Prime members) but it is now listed on Amazon at $329.00.  I have subsequently noticed this stroller on sale in a few catalogs for considerably less as well.

But was it worth it?  We’ve been using the stroller for months now and it was worth every penny! We use it daily for Kringles and we often use it with foster dogs we take in as well.   Here are my thoughts on the value of this stroller:

1) While it did require some assembly…Bret assembled it in less than 30 minutes…I am sure it would have taken longer if I had to do it but not bad.

Take one of our foster dogs out in the stroller.
Taking one of our foster dogs out in the stroller.

2) The basket of the stroller is incredibly roomy…we could fit two dogs in it if necessary.   There are times when my Jack Russell, who walks with me and Kringles, tires out.  I just add him in the stroller and he rides comfortable with Kringles.  The stated capacity of the stroller is 90 lbs…I can’t imagine pushing 90 lbs worth of dog in  stroller, can you?  When Kringles and Turnip are in the stroller together (combined weight of 35 lbs) I can comfortably push the stroller.  There are tethers on the inside of the stroller basket as well to keep a dog that might jump out from running away.

3)  The tripod frame and air wheels make it very stable (no tipping even if Kringles is jumping around).  The front wheel has two positions, locked and unlocked.  If it is unlocked you can turn the stroller with ease but if you speed up in this mode the stroller will wobble (not comfortable for the dogs).  I use with the front wheels in the locked position because I power walk.  In locked mode the ride is very smooth for the dogs no matter how fast I am walking.  The turns are bit more difficult however I have find that if I make my turns wide they are much easier.

Pet Gear Stroller4) It has a reliable brake.  The brake is a foot bar.  It is easy to lift “on” and “off”.

5) There are plenty of storage pockets for my phone, keys, poop bags, etc.  It has a cup holder on the handle bars.  It comes with a rain cover (how cool is that).  There is also storage space under the basket.

6) The bottom half of the basket stands high enough and is sturdy enough that I don’t have to worry about Kringles falling out even if have to stop fast.

7) The cushion in the basket is thick and soft.   It is lined with a black plush fabric.  I add a cool pad to the bottom of the basket on hot days.

8) The air wheels make it a very smooth and comfortable ride for Kringles.  They also make it easy to turn and go up and down curbs without Kringles being bounced around.  Because of the air wheels and the sturdy frame I can power walk with this stroller while still maintaining a comfortable ride for Kringles.  It is really helpful to have the tires properly inflated.  My husband keeps our wheels at 40lbs of pressure.

9)The stroller does collapse down nicely to fit in the car. The only downside I could find with this stroller is that it is a bit heavy for me to get in and out of the car…I can lift it but it is a bit of a struggle for me by myself.

10) This is a no zip stroller.  The hood comes down and snaps securely with one clip in the front.  Anyone who has used a pet stroller for awhile knows that zippers and furry creatures are not a good mix!

Hands down …this wagon was worth every penny.   This truly is the Cadillac of dog strollers.

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Rescue defined….

My dogs, like most all dogs, are lovers of routine…we have a daily schedule which makes managing an eight pet household pleasant for everyone…part of that routine is our daily exercise..which now, thanks to the Pet Gear stoller, Kringles can participate in again.

I added a picture of a painting I finished recently.  It is inspired by the spring and summer need for cats to be rescued from shelters.  The original painting is sold but prints will be available shortly at The Rescue Mama ETSY shop.  For other product reviews check out my Parent Resource Page.  If you are interested in all things pet, pet rescue and pet art follow my blog for weekly articles, my Facebook Page and my Pinterest Page.  If you are in need of pet sympathy cards, pet rescue art or pet adoption cards check out my items at The Rescue Mama ETSY Shop.

Rescue On!

Nancy

 

 

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Pet Craft Christmas Garland Dog Leash Craft Tutorial

Pet Craft – Christmas Garland Dog Leash – free craft tutorial

imprint main Looking for a fun pet craft for Christmas?  I have a lot of fun making my dogs stylish gear for each holiday season.  This leash design is my favorite for them for Christmas. What could be more fun than Christmas garland loops and sparkly yarn? It is never too early to start on Christmas projects and shopping, Kringles was modeling this leash back in July!

If you like to crochet here is a free step by step in a pdf file: Garland Leash Tutorial.

Check out my Craft Tutorial page for more ideas for great (and free) pet craft tutorials!

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If you don’t crochet for yourself I have a few of these leashes available for the holiday season at my ETSY shop.  Use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% of your first purchase.


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Are you a pet lover, animal rescue advocate or a crafter…follow my blog for fun pet news and articles and fun tutorials.  I post to my blog 1-3 times per week and to my Facebook and Pinterest daily.

Rescue On!

Nancy (and Kringles)

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Pet Craft – Old Coca Cola Crate becomes pet bed…

Pet Craft – Upcycle an old Coca Cola crate in to a pet bed….

I made this:

For the Coca Cola Fan
For the Coca Cola Fan
 

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This is how I did it:

When I am upcycling something iconic like a Coca Cola crate I tend to leave the base item pretty much alone other than cleaning it and making a safety check for tacks, nails or sharp pieces of wood.  This crate was pretty old (it was stamped 1971) but in spite of its age the paint job was in pretty good shape.  Be careful washing something like this; I use Dawn and rub very gently so I don’t remove any more paint than has already aged off.

I added bun feet to the bottom of this bed…I add them to most beds…its such a nice finishing touch.   You can buy bun feet at most home improvement stores.  They are a bit spendy so next time you are tossing away something old that has bun feet on it…take them off for your next project!  My husband drilled the holes such that the bolt for the feet would be sunk down in the base of the crate.

20140903_125021 20140903_125027 I painted the bun feet with primer and then red craft paint (glossy).  To get the cleanest paint job I can (no brush strokes) I use my artist level paint brushes …its a bit spendy but I get a much nicer finish.  I use artist level paint brushes on pretty much any piece of furniture I paint.  Working always in one direction keeps the brush strokes away too.

 

20140903_124901 My preferred material for cushions in pet beds is High Density Smart Foam.  Its mildew resistant, flame resistant, holds its shape and is super comfy.  You can find it at Hobby Lobby but it is a little spendy (wait for a coupon).  I buy it wholesale or it would not be practical to use it in beds that I sell.  I cut the cushion first based on the size of the box.  The best way to cut this foam is with an electric knife (like you use to carve the turkey).  Once I have my cushion cut I measure the cushion for the cover and add 1/2 an inch to each side and piece I need to cut to make a pattern.  I always make my pattern on paper first and test it around my cushion before I cut my fabric.

I sew the cushion together inside out on all sides but for one last opening which I sew Velcro in to.  It just seems impractical to have a dog bed you can’t pull apart for washing or replacing the cushion if necessary (accidents happen often with pets…or just drool over time).

20140903_130537 For this cushion cover I embroidered paw prints randomly on the top piece (BEFORE I SEWED IT TOGETHER).  I found this particular design on the Dakota Collectibles website (shop on Friday’s – good deals).  The cushion could easily have been embellished with iron on pieces or non-toxic fabric paint, etc.

Once the final cushion cover is assembled stuff the cushion in and Velcro it closed.  Waa laa!

I had a blast making this bed…enjoy!

If you interested in purchasing a pet bed feel free to browse my selection on my ETSY shop, use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% of your first purchase.   Looking for inspiration for your own dog beds or pet crafts…check out my Bed Gallery and Craft Page!  If you love all things pets …feel free to follow my blog.  I post 1-3 times per week on pet care, pet crafts, pet rescue, pet art and more.  I post daily on my Facebook and Pinterest pages.

 

Happy crafting and Rescue On!

Nancy

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Dog bed for the pup with a little edge!

Handpainted dog bed for the little tough guy (or girl)!

good frontThis dog bed has been in the works for a few weeks.  It is inspired by my husbands comment that everything I make is so “girly”.  I decided he was right and it was time to make something for the dog with a slight edge to their personality.  My husband actually constructed the wood bed for me (impressive heh?).  He cut the head board in a traditional Hanover style.

I hand painted the design on the head board.  The inspiration for the head board is our Lhasa mix, Lacey Mae.  She rides Harley with us and rocks her own doo rags and riding goggles.  She is truly a little biker babe and looks great lounging in her bad girl bed.  The lettering on the head board is done with raised wood letters.

The cushion is faux leather around 2″ HiDensity Smart Foam.   I had an absolute blast designing and making this bed…what do you think?

This and several other of my beds are available at my ETSY shop.  Looking for ideas to make your own dog beds…check out my Bed Gallery and my Craft Page for ideas and tutorials.

The next bed is going to be similar but I am painting the head board with a sugar skull and flowers…I know… back to girly stuff!  Do you love all things pet?  Follow my blog – I post 1-3 times per week with pet news, art, crafts and all things rescue!

headboard shot air shotRescue On!

Nancy

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Patriotic dog!

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How do you like my new leash designed for the patriotic dog?

Dogs can be patriots too! I just finished this leash and Kringles will be wearing his on Memorial Day weekend!

This leash is 36 inches long and made from a heavy duty but sparkly (silver sparkles) yarn!  Both ends of the leash are highlighted with a crochet flower with a red pom pom in the middle.  The snap hook I used on these is a 2 inch swivel.   There are two jingles bells sewn under the flower by the snap hook – because why shouldn’t a dog with style make a little jingle when they walk?

leash w background  If you do your own crocheting here is a basic tutorial for how I make these leashes  Crocheted Leash Tutorial, if not they are available on my ETSY store.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Stylish dogs should have stylish accessories…

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A new design for my Rescue Chic line of accessories for pets and the people who love them.

This particular set is made from a very soft variegated light weight yarn.  This particular leash is 36 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The handle of the leash and the snap hook are secured with a crochet flower with a pom pom in the middle.  The matching scarf is 20 inches long with pom poms on each enc.

My leash model, Kringles, was paid with a cookie.

scarf 002leash mainHere is a basic tutorial for how I make these leashes…Crocheted Leash Tutorial

If you don’t crochet yourself I sell some of these leashes at my ETSY Store.

Enjoy!

Nancy

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Stylish dogs should have stylish accessories…

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A new design for my Rescue Chic line of accessories for pets and the people who love them.

This particular set is made from a very soft and sparkly light weight yarn.  This particular leash is 42 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The handle of the leash is secured with a crochet flower with a black flower button in the middle.  The matching scarf is 24 inches long.  It has nine sparkly felt hearts on it.

My leash model, Kringles, was paid with a cookie.

leashscarfHere is a basic tutorial for how I make these leashes…Crocheted Leash Tutorial

If you don’t crochet yourself I sell some of these leashes at my ETSY Store.

Enjoy!

Nancy

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Hand made Christmas leash for the dog with jingle!

How to make your own Christmas leash!

I love my dogs and I love to crochet!  I made this super cute Christmas Leash for Lacey.   For my fellow happy hookers I have included instructions on how I made this leash – for those of you that don’t crochet I do have a few of these leashes left at my ETSY store (https://etsy.com/shop/TheRescueMama)

 Xmas leash 002For leashes for small dogs I use a 2 inch swivel snap hook (I usually order them from Hobby Lobby online but you can buy them from any hardware store).christmas leash tutorial 004  For this particular leash I used a G crochet hook.  Leashes made of yarn stretch longer than their original size; the smaller the hook you use the less stretch and vice versa with a larger hook.  I used Red Heart Super Soft Shimmer yarn for this project.christmas leash tutorial 001  My standard size for a (finished) leash is 42 inches.  This is simply what I have found to be comfortable length for walking – you can make it as short or long as you like.

To start the leash I chain 5 stiches.  Turn, do a single crochet row (4 single crochets).  I will repeat this until I have about 5 inches of leash completed.  Thread the end of your leash through the loop of the snap hook and weave it shut with the crochet needle. leash tutorial 001 When I start the leash out I leave a long tail so that I can go back and reinforce the now weaved loop around the snap hook even more securely.   Continue your rows of 4 single crochet’s until you have a 47 Inch piece.  Fold the finished end over such that you have a 5 inch loop at one end of the leash for your handle.  Weave the loop shut with the crochet needle.  Again, I leave pretty long tails of yarn when I tie off so that I can go back with a tapestry needle and weave all my closures really securely with that extra yarn.

For the ruffle; Starting on one side of the leash (you can start at the hook or the handle), begin crocheting with the white yarn.  Single crochet in your first side loop – chain six, single crochet in your next loop.  Repeat all the way down the leash to accomplish the ruffle.  You can chain as many stitches as you want for the ruffle.  My six stitch chains make the finished leash about 2 inches wide.Xmas leash 004.  I added flowers and pom poms to both the top and bottom loops I made on the leash (at the handle and at the snap hook).    The flowers I made are super simple:

1) Chain six and slip stitch into a loop.

2) 15 single crochets in your loop and slip stitch closed.

3) Single crochet in the next row, chain 3, skip the next two single crochets,  repeat four times, slip stitch the row closed.

You will have five loops created when you finish step three.

4) In your first chain loop; 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 3 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet.  Repeat four times (in each loop). This will leave you with five petals.

5) Single crochet in the first loop of the petal, chain six.  Repeat four more times.

6) In the first chain loop, 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 5 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet.  Repeat four times.  Slip stitch the row shut.   You will have five petals when you are done.

I attach the flowers and the pom poms to the leash with clear acrylic thread.  I also attached some jingle bells under the flower at the snap hook.  I attach things like jingle bells with 10 lb fish line because I want them to be as secure as possible.

Have fun!

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Craft Tutorial – Hand Crocheted Dog Leash

art gallery 047   This is Kringles modeling one of our hand crocheted dog leashes.   Click here for a free tutorial on how to make your own!  Leash tutorial