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Monday, November 17, 2014

Keep your dog toasty warm with a homemade heating pad!

It's cold out there!

Now that we have puppy Rach with us, we're concerned about keeping him warm in the winter. It can get pretty cold in our cabin here on the mountain. and with his short coat, and being young, it's important that he stays warm whether he's outside wearing his coat, or inside snuggling in his bed or in his easy chair.

But many times, it's just not practical to turn up the heat just for Rach, since Gracie and I have heavier coats, are used to the cold and Mum can put on extra clothes.

So what do we do to help Rach? We made him a nice heating pad that can be placed within his bed or under a cover in his chair. Now he can stay toasty warm no matter where the temperature is set.

A homemade heating pad is really, really easy to make. Let's get started!
  • Grab some old fabric you have lying around, or an old flannel sheet, old sweatshirt or similar.
  • Cut the fabric in 12" squares, you'll need two.
  • Lay the fabric squares with the outside of the fabric facing each other.
  • If you have a sewing machine, sew one half inch in all around leaving about three inches on one side unfinished.
  • If you don't have a sewing machine you can join the fabric with fabric tape, again leaving about three inches on one side unfinished.
  • Now that you have a mini sack, turn it right side out and fill the inside of the pouch with white rice (it's the least expensive). Fill just enough to create a pad when flattened.
  • Then all you have to do is hand sew up the three inch opening and your done!

To use your heating pad:
  • Place it in the microwave for no longer than two minutes. 
  • Place the pad inside of your dogs bed, or under a blanket if they lie on the easy chair, couch or bed. It's important to remember not to place the pad directly so the dog has contact with it, it may be too warm for them; and keep an eye on your dog for any discomfort.
We'll bet that your dog, your puppy and even your kitties will love the warmth!

Thanks to Martha Stewart for more detailed instructions and ideas.

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