DIY Dog Costumes for Halloween!

Hello!  How is everyone doing this week?  Is everyone excited that it is Friday, because I know I am!

This week we are looking forward to Halloween (it is only a couple weeks away if you weren’t aware).  And we are taking a look at some Halloween costumes for our furry friends!  Now, my cats would think that it’s the worst thing in the world to be dressed up in a costume, but other people will dress their pets up for each Halloween.  So here are some ideas for you if you have decided to dress up your pet but you don’t have any ideas.  Enjoy!

This Ty Beanie Baby swing tag costume is easy to make and adorable on pets but can also be a great costume for their humans, too. I'm loving this for the Howloween Pet Parade!

 

Ty Beanie Baby Tag from Dream A Little Bigger

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Lion Costume from Instructables

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Hostess Cupcake from Sew Doggy Style

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Flower Costume from DIY Network

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DIY Dinosaur Jacket from Crafty Carmen

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S’mores Costume from Studio DIY

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Loofa Dog Costume from Crafts by Courtney

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Pirate Costume from Luigi and Me

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Easy Sven Costume from Ella Claire Inspired

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Puppy Fairy Wings from Instructables

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The Loss of a Loved One

Hello everyone.  I was going to post something yesterday, but I believe that this is more important.  So, I’m sorry if you were expecting something.

I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of my phone vibrating.  It was my mom calling to say that our 17 year old chihuahua terrier mix Chica was not doing well.  She didn’t give me details, but I knew it was bad.

About an hour and a half later I got the text saying that she crossed the rainbow bridge.

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We got Chica from a friend of our the summer of 2006.  She was a country dog whose friend had passed away.  The family was afraid to bring her inside because they had a young son at that time.  They didn’t want her to be hurt and weren’t sure what to do.  This was the time when Haley and I entered 4-H and needed two dogs to participate in the dog program.  Our friends suggested Chica and we took her into our house.

And she fit in perfectly.  She got along great with our other dog Ezzy and soon became our little princess.  She loved sleeping on beds and following people around to make sure that they weren’t leaving her.  She trotted after us and made us trip over her so many times.

We always joked that if she was a person, she was a dumb blond who hated the outdoors and took things too literal.  If she saw a sign that said ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’, she wouldn’t drink any water because it was drinking.  She would shiver in the cold of the outdoors, even after we put a pink jacket on her.  She would be perfect in our 4-H shows because she was scared that she would lose if she did move.

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But she was our little Chiquita Chihuahua.

And as she got older, her health started to decline.  She couldn’t see that well and started to lose her hearing.  She could see shadows and us giving her hand signals, but that was about it.  But, Chica could always hear the treat bag open and be right at our feet for her daily bone.  She would usually pee in the house, unless we carried (did I mention that she was a princess?) her outside to go to the bathroom.  But we did that because we loved her and would do anything for her.

Now without her, things will be vastly different without her.  We won’t hear the pitter patter of her feet on the floor, and the click of her nails on the hardwood.  We won’t have to worry about her being in pain.  She will be in heaven, watching us from above.

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So to celebrate her life, we did some things that Chica would’ve loved to do.  We ate Mexican food and toasted to her.  And we did some retail therapy, something that Chica would’ve loved to do.

So Chica, you will be greatly missed.  Know that we loved you so much and you will be greatly missed.  You now have your own castle where you can rule over everyone and make the executive decisions.  You will always be loved and missed.

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DIY Dog Cross-Body Carrier

Hello! Welcome back to Home on the Corner! I missed Finds and Fashions yesterday, so today I am showing you a simple project for your special pet. I put dog in the title, but it could be for something else small like a cat or guinea pig or whatever other critter you might have!

Our dog Chica is 16, but she still likes to go places with us. The problem is she can’t walk very far. Lauren and I found this idea somewhere on the internet, but I don’t know where as it was several years ago. We were going on a long walk at the coast and knew Chica wouldn’t make it the whole way, but I also couldn’t carry her the whole time without some support. So we thought we would give this project a try and it was really easy.

We took a piece of fabric 26″ wide and 58 inches long. If you have a really small pet, you would want to go with a skinnier piece, but probably the same length.

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I don’t know why these pictures are so blurry, but I am sure you will get the idea. Hem each side of your fabric. This will keep it from fraying when you wash it. After it is hemmed, fold it in half so it is a long skinny piece. I guess you would fold the width in half.

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Then fold it again so the open ends are together. Fold the length in half. (This took a lot of thinking on my part to figure out how to explain it!! :))

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Now you are going to sew the open ends on the short end of the fabric together. When you are finished, you will have a long tube that is open along one long side.

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That’s it for the sewing! Now it is time to test it out. The carrier will go over one shoulder and under the other arm. The pouch opening should be on the top. Open it up and place the animal inside. This usually takes 2 people-1 to hold the carrier open and the other to place the pet inside. Munch had never been in one before, but she didn’t seem to mind at all! Her bottom fits right down into the pouch and she is able to sit comfortably. If your pet is in far enough, you don’t have to support them at all.

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This carrier really helps to keep the weight off your back and shoulders and also helps the animal feel secure. Munch never fidgeted or tried to get out. Chica was the same way, even the first time we used it.

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We have used this many times over the last couple of years and it has definitely come in handy, especially with an older dog.

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I would love to know if you have ever tried a carrier like this and what your experience was! Let me know in the comments!

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