To fully understand why I chose this week’s topic, you need to meet this guy. This is Max. You might remember him from the Knitted Neck Warmer Fail from a few years ago.
His full name is Maximilian, which comes out of my mouth as three syllables when he’s in trouble. He’s the clumsiest dog I’ve ever seen, tripping over his own feet and running into things like it’s his job. His best quality is that he loves everyone he meets, and he has provided us with hours of entertainment and affection. Because our less-than-graceful pup turned seven years old this week, I think it’s a great time to talk about some fun doggy diys.
I’m not sure if it’s okay to call a dog collar pretty, but it’s the first word that comes to my mind to describe these Upcycled Martingale Collars from My So Called Crafty Life.
We can’t even take the lid off the peanut butter jar without turning around to find Crazy Eyes sitting there staring hopefully at us. I think his little head might explode if he had access to these Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Treats from The Lean Green Bean.
You don’t necessarily think about needing to render first aid to your dog, but it’s a good idea to keep the supplies on hand, just in case. This Pet First Aid Kit from Pretty Fluffy can help you get started.
There are instructions for two different dog toys on this post from Ammo the Dachshund, but I particularly liked this one with the ball inside. It reminds me of an octopus.
A few years ago, we had a giant Mastiff named Cooper. He weighed about 200 pounds, so giving him a bath was something that didn’t happen very often. We used a dry shampoo on him that we bought at the pet store. It would have been great to be able to make it ourselves, like this version from She Knows.
This Dog Leash with Treat Bag from Professor Pincushion is so smart, and I love that you can make them match.
Max was crate trained when he was a puppy, but I never liked how ugly that big box was, sitting in our living room. Problem solved with this Wood Pet Kennel End Table from Ana White.
My daughter and her husband adopted a yellow lab shortly after they got married. Nala is a sweet, low-key dog, but she sheds like mad. I’m thinking this Dog Hammock from Hailey Footer might save my car’s upholstery.
When Max was young, my husband built a bell with a wood backer and hung it by the back door. Every time it seemed like Max wanted to go outside, we would lift his paw and hit the bell before opening the door. Before long he was ringing it himself. Now, I think we’re better trained by that bell than he is. He rings it, and I drop everything to go let him out before I even realize what I’m doing. Check out these DIY Bathroom Bells at Kol’s Notes.
I’ve found Max’s identification tag lying around our house more than once (yes, he is chipped, just in case). When you live life as enthusiastically as he does, there’s bound to be some collateral damage. This Upgraded Dog Collar from mactothefuture on Instructables seems like a good solution.
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