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1  Re: Puppy shower... in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by ellolove on: April 26, 2006 07:24:53 PM
Hey there Kararuth! I read your post and just thought I should respond-- I'm not sure if this is on your list or not but I thought I'd give it a go.

I myself have a female maltese, Lucy, and a few months (and letting her sleep in the bed with me a few times) I started noticing she HATED sleeping in her cage. I had just a basic metal cage (the kind that easily fold up you know) with a blanket on the inside. I started looking at all my favorite puppy websites and all of them suggested buying a covering to drape over the cage. Well, I went to look at coverings and they were nearly $130!! So I said no way, I can whip up one of those things no problem.

Unfortunatly, I don't have a picture of it on this computer but it is very similar to the one below. Mine however is all seperate pieces (for easier washing) and all have piping along the edges. To keep them in place I cut small strips of fabric and twisted/knotted them and sewed them into place... I also did it this way so that the flaps could easily be rolled up and tied into place. I was concerened that this might be a little smothering (I used a cotton fabric that had a baby snoopy print on it) so I did not cover the part of the cage with the door just a little flap with an embroidered "L" and royal crown on it.

This is probably the best thing I have ever made for my Lucy... she absolutley LOVES sleeping in her cage now. In fact, I often find her snuggled up there during the day. To go along with the covering I made a blanket and one big pillow so it's very much like a "nest". I would definitley suggest making one of these for anyone who is expecting a new puppy-- it will make him feel very safe and cozy.

I'm not sure if that made COMPLETE sense but if your fairly crafty and have a tape measure you could probably make one just by looking at the picture. The best part is you can totally customize them. Mine like I said has the pink baby snoopy fabric with a coordinating plain purple fabric. I also added a few embelisments like the "L" and the Crown.

Also, sweaters are always great ideas for malteses (especially since they're so small!) and especially since you mentioned he'll be living in Boston. I'm pretty sure I've seen some patterns posted on this board but if not you can google it... I came up with a few free patterns that way a few months back. If you have any friends who are NOT into crafting tell them to check out Target's pet section it's really expanded lately and that's  where I end up getting most of my things-- like speciality treats (all natural ingredients, etc) and cutesy toys and clothes.

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