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51  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Doggie Sushi Costume on: April 24, 2006 09:42:44 PM
I read somewhere on here about someone who had created a sushi costume for a pug, and that link is dead even if you register for the site, so I here's my own version! (Success, a pic!)
 Thanks to my sweet little Washy dude for being such a good sport about modelling  Wink

I took a free vest pattern from somewhere by doing a google image search, then just added.  The salmon has the fat stripes just from a short but wide zig zag, and that got put over some foam and sewed on.  The rice grains are actually packing peanuts - I highly recommend finding some of those figure eight type peanuts, taking the ones that don't have holes in them, then cutting them in half to sew on.  The type of styrofoam for those peanuts is much less crumbly than the others I tried, and vaguely rice shaped when cut. 

I didn't get the chance to finish putting on the rice (the contest was starting! what a stage mom I am)and I think there ought to be some type of piece around the shoulder just to make it look more like the right shape, but other than that I was quite pleased with the results, and he won first place in the costume contest!  What shall he be next year???
52  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / In need of a doggie coat pattern - like a real suit coat w/ collar on: April 12, 2006 10:32:18 PM
Help! I am in urgent need of a pattern or tips on cutting one for a suit jacket style coat for my dog - I'm in the midst of making him a pimp costume, so it needs to have a collar to it.  (He's got a lovely pimp hat already!)  He's in a costume contest next weekend, so even if I wanted to buy a pattern it wouldn't get here in time - I'm in Peru... I've tried making a muslin mock-up but it just doesn't seem to fit quite right.  Thanks for any help you could give!

...oh and just as a preemptive strike since I've been reading a post or two disparaging dog clothes and costumes on here, he really does like wearing shirts and stuff, even when we'd throw a people shirt on him or something he'd never even try to bite at it or take it off, but he sure smiled a lot!  A silly costume is no more deameaning to him than a silly costume on me is demeaning to me... people do worse to their kids on halloween. That, and around Lima, people will actually yell at you if you're walking your dog, even if it's a siberian husky or whatever, in the winter WITHOUT a coat or sweater of some kind.  And it only gets down to 50s or high 40s at the coldest of times!  Seriously even the street dogs will get an old t-shirt or something.  Funny how differently people can perceive things, huh?  Sorry just had to get that off my chest.
53  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: House Rabbits Need Crafty Goodness, too! (any ideas?) on: April 12, 2006 10:10:30 PM
Awwww, your balck bunny looks just like my Bean!  I never made a lot of crafts for my two buns myself, but I did use a website once, www.bassequipment.com, and had them custom cut a bunch of pieces of vinyl covered wire, add a hole in the door, etc. to my specs, then got a bunch of rings and ring-pliers and made them a custom cage - huge, two stories!  Just make up a drawing of the different sizes of the pieces (be sure to triple check your architecture!) and you can fax it to them, and they'll cut away!

They should have specs on the different types of wire floors and whatnot they have, such as accessories like door handles, floor support bars and so forth, so make em a castle if you like!  I can't remember how much this set me back, it was a while ago, but they love their house!  p.s. you'd need a different material or reinforcement for a ramp if you wanted to use wire - I just built them this hefty cardboard/rope thing

If that's more project than you care to do, www.kwcages.com has some nice BIG cages for bunnies, as does www.leithpetwerks.com, though I personally think a wood bottom cage is just asking for a cleaning nightmare. 
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