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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dachshund help? on: December 02, 2006 12:06:18 AM
When I first started in the pet industry 25 years ago we had lots of doxie sweaters.  Now there are none.  A doxie sweater has no ribbing around the leg.  That ribbing somehow opens the leg up enough that they walk out of the sweater.  A coat doesn't work very well because it is too open and they walk out of it.  If your short legged doxie walks out of the sweater just cut off the ribbing and finish off the leg hole.  I sent doxie sweaters all over the world and still think the stupidest thing was to discontinue them--all in the name of streamlining marketing for the big chain stores.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: guinea pig cage... on: December 01, 2006 11:59:35 PM
Use plastic storage totes--some even have wheels.  You don't need the lid, or else drill lots of holes in the lid. Use PVC pipe for tunnels--I prefer the ones with holes that are used in drainfields.  It gives some ventilation and makes cleaning easier, but it does leak urine!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: need guinea pig ideas on: December 01, 2006 11:52:04 PM
How about diamond (rhinestone) collars?  Use Goop, E-6000, Victory glue and glue them onto a nylon collar. The acrylic rhinestones at craft shops are pretty inexpensive. For Christmas use jingle bells and sequins?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: ferret sweaters? on: December 01, 2006 11:45:59 PM
BE VERY CAREFUL OF YARN THINGS AND FERRETS.  They will somehow cut the yarn--probably by chewing--and it will unravel.  That leaves a string hanging that is connected to something.  As the ferret twists and turns they could very easily strangle themselves.  Our ferrets loved underwear--has an entrance and an exit!  Be sure your ferret is on the correct diet--that disease is related to diet.  There is some stuff in a tube that is high calorie to help the skinny ferrets and recovering ones gain weight back--I think it is called Ferretvite.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Down Filled Dog Coat? on: December 01, 2006 11:27:20 PM
We sold parkas that we called snowmobile suits.  The only trouble with coats is that there is a lot of open space.  I got my pug a coat that he steps into and it comes up over the back and connects down the back by Velcro. It is made by Doggiduds.   You may have better luck using a sweater under--like long underware, and a  parka coat on top to stop the wind.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need some doggie specs on: December 01, 2006 11:20:07 PM
The age of the dog will make a big difference.  What are you planning on doing--coat, collar.  Beagles tend to put on weight--Jack's don't.  As a average:  collar 14-16 inch, harness 18 inch, coat 16-18 inch.  Go to a pet store and take a look around--or a humane society.  I'm sure you will get lots of help.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reflective vest help for SD on: December 01, 2006 11:13:10 PM
We have a new store in town that does laser engraving.  They did a beautiful picture on florist ribbon, and the same thing on glass.  They also used the same laser to cut gingerbread men out of felt.  Check with a laser engraver--they are unbelievably versatile.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: help! dog coat for friend's dog without being able to measure the dog! on: December 01, 2006 11:09:40 PM
Most Maltese will take a size 12--means 12 inches from neck to base of tail.  Use a stuffed toy as a model.  Malties are standard build--no extended chest like dobies, and no short feet like doxies--so they are pretty easy.  I found some on the web by going to dog sweaters.  The coat style is a basic oval back, with Velcro connecting under the neck.  There is a piece going from the underneck to the middle of the belly.  A simple slip belt hold it all together.  We sold parka ones like this we called snowmobile suits.    Everyone is selling them now.  Another way is to use a baby t-shirt.
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