Monday, November 25, 2013

Something for Fido

I know Thanksgiving hasn't passed and I keep posting things for Christmas (NO!!!). It's hard not to when Christmas decorations are displayed the day after Halloween! And let's face it, once that turkey is eaten, it feels like you blink once and Christmas is here.

I'm already organizing my Christmas list which involves a mad dash to the craft store for supplies and late nights doing the "DIY thing". I also like to order off of Etsy. Here are some of my favorite stocking stuffers for canine friends:

I'll start with this Bacon Pillow from ThePinkPorcupine. It can be a human pillow, a dog pillow OR you can order it in a smaller size as a dog toy. I think I will order one for MYSELF (pillow size!). Let's face it, bacon makes everything better.

This dog tag from CritterBling makes me smile.

Or your dog could be trendy with a chevron collar from BowWowCoutoure:

Be a rock star with these toys from sakurakrafts:

Or just have a donut:

Tomorrow, I will be making doggy gingerbread men with FIVE human children... wish me luck!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Felt Dog Bone Garland

This week, I got a little crafty and made dog bone garland out of a wool sweater I bought at the thrift store, left over red ribbon, snowflakes from the dollar store and embroidery floss.

I am pretty happy with the results!

Felting a wool sweater is easy to do: just throw a 100% wool sweater in the washing machine and then put it in the dryer. People do this on accident everyday! You can also buy felt at craft stores, but I find that sweaters can give you interesting textures, thickness and patterns. 

I've been thinking of pet-safe alternatives for Christmas decorating. One of the most dangerous decorations is TINSEL. Pets can be tempted to eat it. If they do, it can wreak havoc on their digestion tract causing severe medical problems to death. The garland I made will definitely be placed up high on a wall where my cats cannot reach it. The floss they will bite in half (and swallow) and the plastic snowflakes have little bits of tinsel on them.... I can also see dogs having fun chewing up the plastic snowflakes. I think a big ribbon would be more appropriate for wrapping around the tree. (I'll post pictures when I actually do it!)

Until then, we will be making some felt ornaments and more felt garland in the coming month. Another great thing about felting wool: It is great for DIY pet toys!!

FYI-- You can check out more felt garland ideas on our Pinterest Holiday Board.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Busy Howliday Season

It's a busy time of year at Bark City. We just had our annual Howl-ween Party and costume contest. It was a very tight race, but in the end TWO first place winners were announced! Here are our 1st(s), 2nd and 3rd place winners:

 1st Place: 

Ender the Bozeman BobCAT football star had the most likes on Bark City's facebook page. 
Rocco the Race horse tied with Ender by having the most combined likes from Bark City's page and shared pages.

Both 1st Place contestants win a 20- day daycare package!!
2nd Place: Goes to Katy Perry and John Mayer. They will win a one year membership for Bark Box.

3rd Place: Goes to Sylvie the Elephant. She will win an Etsy Gift Basket filled with goodies selected just for her!

We have been brainstorming for next year about adding categories (Best Homemade Costume, Most Creative, ect...)!! More opportunities for great prizes!

And on to the next holiday--- THANKSGIVING-- Don't leave your four-legged friend out of the feast! We will be preparing Thanksgiving meals for your dog. Stop by the Daycare to pre-order!!

Holidays are a time to take extra precautions to keep your pet safe. In the following weeks, I will be blogging about ways you can be prepared for whatever may come your way!!