Have you met the fifth member of the Sew Delicious family before? Pharlap is our seven year old miniature dachshund. He is my baby and I took this opportunity to sew him something cute!
Pharlap (my husband chose the name, but it suits him – he runs fast on his little legs!) is such an affectionate little guy. He loves to cuddle up on the couch with us and play with our girls. We were unsure about how he would be when we bought the girls home when they were babies, but we needn’t have worried, he was their protector when they were babies and has become their best buddy. Kids develop such special relationships with their pets and it’s so lovely watching them together.
Little doxies have a few health issues that can arise if you don’t care for their nutrition properly – excess weight can put pressure on their long spines and short legs, and we’ve found that it’s important to watch their oral health too – our old doxie growing up had terrible issues with her teeth later in life. With nutrition in mind, the VitaPet treat range is perfect for Pharlap.
They are a really great size for small dogs and they are quite chewy, which is good for his teeth. I like the resealable packages too, we only use these as an occasional treat so they keep fresh in the cupboard for a long time.
Make sure you check out VitaPet next time you are at the supermarket – your dog will love you for it! You can also find VitaPet on Facebook, they are currently giving away free samples to trial. Hurry, limited time only.
Pet lovers not only appreciate good nutrition for their animals, but it would seem many like a good accessory too! I’ve never been one to dress Pharlap in any kind of outfit (and with his long coat he doesn’t need it) but I think a bandana on a dog is pretty cute! So here is a quick tutorial on how to sew one for your best friend.
Materials: fabric scraps / fat quarter, flannel for backing, plastic or metal snap button.
These measurements will make a bandana to fit a small to medium sized dog.
1. Draw up a pattern (it will fit on an A4 sized paper) using the measurements from the above diagram. Adjust accordingly if your pet needs a larger or smaller size.
2. Use your pattern to cut 2 pieces – a front and a backing. I used quilting cotton for the front and some flannel for the back.
3. Place your fabrics with right sides together and stitch all the way around, leaving a gap for turning (refer to above diagram)
4. Clip corners, turn right sides out and press.
5. Top stitch all the way around the bandana to finish and to close the gap.
6. Attach snaps to either ends (velcro is an alternative)
Put on your pet and admire how cute they look!
WIN – thanks to VitaPet, you can win a fantastic pack of pet treats for your dog. Just leave me a comment and tell me why your dog is so special to you and your family! Check out all the giveaway terms & conditions here.