Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three Things for Thursday: Dog Beds, Dog Toys, Dog Treats, Dog Days

Dog Beds


A few weeks ago, Design Sponge shared a pet bed tutorial and I fell in love with it. 


It's nothing I couldn't have figured out on my own, of course, but there's something about having someone else show you how to make something so simple that inspires you to at least want to do it. And Kingsley desperately needs a new bed. We bought him a cheap, $25 one back when he first got too big for a his crate. It's full of holes now and not nearly as much stuffing.

I think I'll leave off that leather strap though. He would only see it as a chew toy.

Dog Toys


Speaking of leather, I wonder how well it would work for creating dog toys.


Would the dogs have them mangled, destroyed and eaten in a matter of a few minutes as they do with most rawhide bones? Or, would a thick, tough leather be durable enough, in the right shape, to stand up to their vicious little teeth?

I expect it would be an epic fail and a waste of perfectly good leather. I will forever be on the hunt for the perfect, enthralling, inexpensive, indestructible dog toy.

I know, I'm asking too much.

Dog Treats


While we're on the theme of homemade things for dogs...


I've been meaning to make homemade dog treats for a long time. But, you know how it is, right? I don't want to make them while we still have a huge box of Milkbones to work through, but, suddenly, we're out, we have none to give the dogs when we leave the house or go to bed and they're looking for their daily treat. And, so, another box of Milkbones makes its way into our house. 

One day, though, I will make these. Especially since I could make them a cookie I could share with them!

4 comments:

  1. Leanne@Strewth-TigerApril 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Eesh. Ditto on all the above - besides, how cute is that dog bed fabric? Although, it certainly wouldn't stay white(isn) for long in my house.


    Ever since I've had my pup on a raw diet, I have been considering the idea of making plain jerky for treats. I'm sure our cats would love that too...and of course the humans ;)

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  2. Goodness no! I was thinking of making it out of rough canvas drop-cloths. You know, the ones you can get at Home Depot! I figured it would be pretty durable and the right colour to hide/camouflage at least some of the dirt!

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  3. Leanne@Strewth-TigerApril 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Now that's a brilliant idea. Cost effective and also more paw/dig proof. This is definitely getting added to my den-redo finishing list :)

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  4. I think the leather would get gummed up pretty quickly... unless you got some super thick stuff.
    I've heard that these toys are pretty indestructible, they offer a one-time refund or replacement if your dog destroys it:
    http://www.westpawdesign.com/catalog/dogs/dog-toys/eco-friendly-dog-toys/eco-friendly-products/hurley
    Might be worth a try!

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