Monday, September 30, 2013

Fun, stylish, unique homemade Halloween costumes for dogs!

Thanks to our friends at Martha Stewart, we wanted to share some great ideas of fun, unique, and stylish homemade Halloween costumes that you can make for your dog!

Remember to utilize reused, reclaimed or recycled fabrics whenever possible to make your 'pet project' as green as possible!

See some great ideas below, and be sure and read on for some wonderful Halloween safety tips to keep your dog safe, healthy and happy on the big day.


This Moth Dog Costume, modeled by Sharkey, is sure to wow the neighborhood. You could even modify it to be a glowing Luna Moth if you'd like!


One of my all time favorites it this Spider Dog costume modeled by Francesca. Can't you just see Spidey Francesca dogging Sharkey the moth?


This Doggie Dino will have your neighbors roaring with delight!


If your dog isn't fond of wearing full costumes, here's a fun, simple, and great looking way to add a little fun costume without all the fuss. A little Doggie Couture.


Even the kittie can get in on the Halloween fun, or you can modify this idea for your lovely doggie flower. 


Here's Sharkey again modeling a really fun wig made from only from wool felt!


And her's a really fun and illuminating Porcupine costume!

Dog Halloween Safety Tips

When having your dog part of your Halloween festivities, remember these important things:

Always make it fun for your dog! Not all dogs enjoy wearing costumes and that's OK! Maybe only adding some illumination to their collar and leash, or adding some embellishment to their collar will help them enjoy the holiday activities just as much as you.

Practice safety when greeting trick-or-treaters! Keep a leash handy and on your dog when answering the door. You never know when a costume may scare or alert your dog and you want to keep them as safe as possible with frequently opening doors.

Watch the candy! Much of the candy you will be handing out to your guests will be bad for dogs, especially chocolate and candy that contains artificial sweeteners. So keep the candy out of reach of your dogs.

Keep an eye on the decorations! Decorative pumpkins, lights, decorated corn and other decorations may be harmful for your dog. So keep an eye out and keep their mouths out of danger.

Tag 'em! When you least expect it is when things happen. Keep an id on your dog's collar just in case something happens, so they have a much better chance of making it back home to you. 

Remember: Halloween can be a scary time for dogs...all the kids, all the costumes, all the door bell ringing. Keep your dog safe and help them get used to these type of situations well before the big day. 

And don't forget to provide a wonderful, healthy treat for them too!

All homemade costume ideas provided by MarthaStewart.com. To see more dog related Halloween ideas visit their site!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to make a great dog jacket from one of your old winter coats!

There's a chill in the air this morning!!!

With the chill, we know that winter is just around the corner; which means it's time to think about a new, fun, re-purposed dog coat!

Searching the internet, we found these great instructions to create a pawsome dog coat from one of your old coats!

Here's Reese, modeling the end result of the coat his Mom made from an old coat that was beginning to show some wear and tear.

The neat thing is these instructions can work with small or larger dogs - the larger the coat, the larger the dog; and depending upon your hand sewing skills, you may not even need a sewing machine.

If you don't have a large old coat, you can pick one up at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store.


Here are all the instructions courtesy of Fine Diving Chicago. And here is a direct link to the pattern (with instructions).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tubby has a nose for recycling. Follow his lead!

Back in September of 2010, the folks who certify and select the Guinness World Record designations heard about a dog in South Wales, UK that has a nose for recycling.

As of September 2011, Tubby, a yellow lab and best friend to Sandra Gilmore, from Pontnewydd, Torfaen, had recycled nearly 26,000 plastic bottles over the six years prior.

Guinness World Records took note and provided Tubby with the "Most bottles recycled by a dog" designation.

When out on walks, some dogs gather up sticks, some stones and rocks, but Tubby seems to find plastic bottles whereever he goes.

According to Gilmore, "(Tubby) loves his recycling. Unless he goes out and finds a bottle he comes home moping."

At the time, Guinness World Record's editor-in-chief Craig Glenday's team of researchers found out about Tubby's talent by combing over newspapers and the Internet. "We thought it was great and got in touch with Sandra because it's such a good message with regard to recycling," shared Glenday. "It's an inspiring story for children and adults alike."

How can you follow Tubby's lead?

Learn a wealth of information about recycling (and reducing, reusing and repurposing) through our article - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 

Sources & Photo Credit::
BBC
Guinness World Records

Friday, September 6, 2013

Want to learn how to raise a green dog?

In June of this year, Leslie May and Johann (the dog), presented a webinar in association with The Dogington Post.

If you'd like to learn the basics of raising a green dog, here's your chance! Leslie and Johann cover the full life of a dog, from keeping their inside environment healthier and greener, to helping your dog enjoy the great outdoors the healthy and safe way, to what goes in (food and water) to what goes out (how to take care of the dog waste), and more!

Sit back, save about 45 minutes and learn how you can help your dog live a happier, healthier life!

We hope you enjoy our webinar!

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