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DIY Dog Rope Toys

Long before I knew I was getting Trigger, I started looking into DIY dog toys… Mostly because we do have Izzy, and I have been trying to win her over for over a year now (I’d like to report that I think it’s working too!).  Anywho, with my research, I found a way to make DIY dog rope toys that are absolutely awesome, mostly because the dogs LOVE them, but also because they are virtually free to make!

DIY Dog Rope Toys

So, how do you make DIY dog rope toys for free? By re-purposing old t-shirts! That’s right, we’re making these dog rope toys out of t-shirts.

Let’s start first by making t-shirt yarn. I love this tutorial!

You can make the toys out of just one color, but I like making them colorful with at least 3 colors or more (which means finding several t-shirts that you don’t need anymore, so you’ll be doing yourself a service by cleaning out your closet!).

Now comes the even more fun part!

It’s time to make the DIY dog rope toys!

Take your t-shirt yarn, in the colors of your choosing (here’s a hint: your dog won’t care what colors you choose, but you will!) and lay it out. Now, you’ll want to cut your t-shirt yarn into strands that are about five feet each. I use double the length of my arm to judge the length.

Now, how many strands you use for your DIY rope toy will depend on the size of your dog. You can make them with as few as 12 strands, but I prefer to make them nice and thick with 24 strands.

After you have the amount of strands cut that you feel are appropriate, grab all of your strands together and tie them in a knot about 2-3 inches from the end. Once you’ve done this, you’ll separate your strands out into 3 equal bunches, and start making your DIY rope toy with a simply braid. When you’ve reached your desired length, you’ll simply tie it off and trim the edges.

I’ve made these toys in various lengths, so that Izzy and Trigger can play with them alone, or have a fun match of tug of war with them.

These DIY dog rope toys have been a HUGE hit at our house, and I’m sure that they will be at yours too!

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Everything You Need For A New Puppy

Are you planning to get a new puppy, but you just don’t know where to start? You’re in luck, I have composed this AMAZING list of everything you need for a new puppy right here!

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Since I’ve already been through the new puppy thing a time or two, you’d think I’d have been prepared, right? Not at all… I composed this list to help you learn from my mistakes. Are you ready? Here goes…

Everything You Need For A New Puppy

      •   Food. I know that is obvious, BUT it’s always a good idea to communicate with the shelter or breeder that your pup is coming from and find out what kind of food they have been eating so that you don’t buy the wrong kind and upset your pups stomach. Yes, I’ve had the misfortune of making that mistake before, and I never will again.
      • Food and Water Bowls. If you forget these, then you get stuck using bowls from your kitchen and that leads to all kinds of messy disaster. Yes, I am speaking from experience here yet again. There are two things that I like to consider when getting bowls for a pup:
        1. Is it well weighted so that the clumsy pup won’t tip it over?
        2. Is it big enough that the pup won’t outgrow it in a few months?

        Everything You Need For A New Puppy food and water bowls

      • Collar. When they’re still small, you don’t want to get a super expensive one (oh, the mistakes I have made in the past…) so find an inexpensive adjustable one for your pup to grow with over the next few months.
      • ID Tag. This is super important. If your pup manages to get out of the house and wanders off, you’ll want someone to be able to contact you so that you can get your new baby back! (P.S. I absolutely LOVE the ones below. You may want to get a backup with your phone number just in case, but almost everyone uses QR code scanners now!)

Everything You Need For A New Puppy ID tags

      • Leash. Although he may not walk on it right away, it is important to start leash training as soon as possible (otherwise you may end up with a dog like my Izzy, who has NEVER cooperated on a leash, which makes taking her anywhere IMPOSSIBLE).
      • Crate. I highly recommend crate training (even if it makes me unpopular). It keeps your pup safe, and makes house training a breeze. Make sure to get one that will grow with your pup. This is NOT something that you’ll want to repurchase after your pup outgrows it. That could get expensive.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy dog crate

      • Bed or blanket. Or both. My pups have never been a fan of dog beds… They usually chew them up and leave stuffing everywhere. Blankets, on the other hand, have always been our friends. Never put your baby in a crate without a blanket or a bed though, to me that’s just mean.
      • Poop bags. Because leaving poop lying around outside is just gross.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy poop bags

      • Treats. Treats are invaluable when it comes to training.
      • Dog chews. We like pig ears the best at our house. Why is this important? Because puppies are teething… And if you don’t give them something to chew on, this will mean that all the things you don’t want them to chew on (shoes, chair legs, etc.) are open game.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy dog chews pig ears

      • Toys. I used to hate squeaky toys, and I kinda still do, but when it comes to our babies, we get bright, colorful, rubbery toys. Oh, and stuffed animals with squeakers in them. We love them all.
      • Calming products. Because an anxious pup is no fun at all. There are several all natural routes that you can go.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy calming products

      • Vitamins and supplements. Because a healthy pup is what you need.
      • Food storage bin. Because dog food is expensive, and this will keep it fresher and better for longer.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy storage bin

      • Brush. You’ll want to brush your pup (frequency depends on the breed) often to remove dead hair and to prevent mats. Doing this as a pup will get them used to the experience and will give you less trouble later.
      • Shampoo. There are MANY options for you to choose from, and you’ll have to find what’s best for your new baby, but whatever you do, do NOT use human shampoo on your pup, it can irritate their skin.
      • Nail clippers. Because puppy nails are SHARP, need I say more?

Everything You Need For A New Puppy nail clippers

      • Dental chews. To keep your pup’s teeth healthy (and to keep that puppy breath smelling good!).
      • Flea, tick, and heartworm preventative. I have always been a fan of Trifexis, but this is something that you will need to consult with your veterinarian about. You do want to start this as soon as possible though, because any of these things can make your new baby very sick if it gets carried away, and that could be devastating.
      • A blanket or towel for the car, so puppy fur doesn’t get everywhere. You might want to designate a special towel for bath time too, unless you don’t mind sharing towels with the pup.
      • Play pen or baby gates. To keep your new pup from going into off limit areas in the house.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy gate

      • Furniture covers. Slipcovers are a must for our house. We, unfortunately, have two couches that our cats used as scratching posts and have all but destroyed the arms to. Since we can’t afford new furniture at this time, we got several slipcovers (bonus: I can wash them when they get messy, and it is super easy to change my living room decor at the drop of a hat without spending an outrageous amount of money!). P.S. Lie to yourself if you want to and say that your pooch will never snuggle on the couch with you, but it will happen!

Everything You Need For A New Puppy slipcover

      • Travel harness. Because keeping your baby safe in the car is a MUST.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy travel harness

      • Outerwear. This is really only for certain breeds… Small dogs with short coats NEED outerwear to help them through cold winters. Consider getting a sweater or two for your new pup if it gets cold where you are (or if you just want to dress your new baby up!)

Everything You Need For A New Puppy outerwear

      • Treat pouch. I like the ones that connect to my leash. This way I can reward my new baby’s good behavior when we’re out for a walk, and I don’t have to worry about accidentally forgetting it somewhere.

Everything You Need For A New Puppy treat bag

    • First aid supplies. If you don’t know what to get, don’t worry, we’ll be talking about that in an upcoming post.
    • A BarkBox subscription! BarkBox delivers 4-6 all natural treats and toys to your new baby each month. Each box that they send out is specifically for your dogs needs, and it’s very affordable!

I sincerely hope that you have found everything you need for a new puppy here, but if you can think of anything that needs to be added to the list, please write me at aliciainasmalltown@gmail.com or comment below!

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Organizing Your Family Calendar

A family calendar is the best way to coordinate all the comings and goings of every single member of your family, and to make sure you aren’t, as a whole, spread too thin, and get enough family together time. That’s why this week’s challenge is organizing your family calendar and to keep and actually get in the habit of using it on a daily basis.

Organizing Your Family Calendar

This is the perfect time of year to begin this challenge because the New Year is almost upon us, and you may need a new calendaring system for the coming year anyway.

So, while you’re in the store buying a new calendar (or making something you’re personalizing for yourself) keep the following steps in mind to get the most out of this useful tool.

Are you new here? This week’s challenge, all about keeping a family calendar, is one of the challenges in the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

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Ticks: The Reality of Having Pets

So, as I have mentioned before, my family and I have 4 cats and a dog. These animals are all indoor/outdoor (meaning they come and go at their scratching/barking/meowing leisure). There is a harsh reality about having pets that no one talks about: ticks. That’s right, no matter how much you treat your yard and your pets, they will still find their way on them… And sometimes in your house.

check you for ticks

I used to be the kind of girl that would have to get someone else to get ticks off the dog when I found one, but there are occasions when no one else is around now, and I don’t want those awful things staying on my poor babies… So I have learned to woman up and do it myself. By woman up I mean grabbing a tissue and removing the tick as quickly as possible, then running to the bathroom to flush it down the toilet.

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Will you please check me for ticks?

Fast forward to this morning… I’ve mentioned before that I get up earlier than anyone else in the house. This morning, I got up and stumbled half awake through the house to the bathroom, phone in hand. As I was scrolling through my Facebook feeds and sitting on the toilet, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. ON. MY. ARM!

I jumped up, dropped the phone on the bathroom counter, and attempted to remove it. But I couldn’t. It was on my right arm, and for some reason (probably something to do with the fact that I wasn’t fully awake yet), my left hand wasn’t grabbing the thing good enough. I swear, I could feel the thing digging in deeper…

Then I freaked out more. I ran from the bathroom, back to the bedroom with the hubs, and the following conversation happened:

Me- “Baby, I love you, but you have to wake up.”
Hubs- “Just let me sleep one more hour, then I’ll get up and cook.”
Me- “Babe, I’m turning the light on, you have to get up NOW!”
Hubs- “Uh uh!” and pulls covers over his head.
Me- “Baby, I have a f***ing tick on me. You have to get it off. RIGHT. F***ING. NOW!!!”
Hubs- Jumps out of bed. Sees tick, snatches it off, and tears its head off.
Me- “Can you check the rest of me now?”
Hubs- “I’ll check you later. You’ll be fine.”

I’m not sure this is what Brad Paisley had in mind when he made his song… Excuse me while I let Google convince me I’m dying.

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Organizing Pet Supplies

In this week’s challenge we’ll be organizing pet supplies, including pet food, treats, toys, paperwork and information and more. If you own a pet (or multiple pets) you know how quickly they each become a part of the family. Of course, like any member of the family they seem to accumulate lots of stuff, which can quickly overtake your home if you don’t keep it under control. So this week we’re going to get all the supplies, gear and food for your pets organized and ready for use.

Organizing Pet Supplies

Because each person’s pets are so unique, and there are many varieties, from dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles and more, I am not giving, as part of this challenge, detailed instructions for each type of animal, since they wouldn’t apply to everyone. Instead, I’ll be speaking in more general terms to make sure you think of all the areas of your home that need to be organized for your pets.

Are you new here? The Organize Pet Supplies Challenge is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

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