Sammi is mum’s spoodle who came to live with us when mum went to live in New Zealand. So far this winter she has been using a coat that is is almost 20 years old and has been handed down through our other doggins to Sammi. So I thought it was time she had something new.
I found a pattern online for a Small Dog Coat, resized and adapted it for Sammi and was deciding on which material to use when David piped up and suggested I used the gold material that has been floating around the house forever, so I did.
I cut out the piece and then decided on a thicker white backing, I probably should have gone for a brown or something that wouldn’t show up the dirt of a dog’s life.
For the inside I don’t have any wadding, so I unpicked an old wool quilt and was grateful to find that inside the quilt was a large piece of intertwined wool that I could cut to shape and fit inside the coat. A little thicker than I may have wanted but it will be sure to keep Sammi warm on the cold winter nights.
I had a few re-sew parts I had to do, particularly at the joining part at the base of the coat, where I left it open to put the innards in.
I’ll likely resew the full edge of this piece and also quilt-sew it for a better look, maybe even add some piping.
We’ll have to wait though, I have no Velcro so at the moment the coat is temporarily using 3M wall hangers. 🤭 When I get the Velcro of it I’ll do the rest of the sewing on the edges and the quilting and see how it goes.
All up though, I’m pretty happy with it so far. I’ve never really sewed beyond straight lines so throwing some curves in has been fun.
Encouraging the cats to use the shelf we put up for them over a year ago, by putting their food up there. Seems to be working… wanna eat? gotta interact. They haven’t used the shelves since we moved our desks to be underneath them. I was looking forward to having happy office cats. But our two just hide away all day… maybe this will bring them out more. 😸
Yesterday we went to the KCC Park near Sky, Victoria, to check out the Cocker Spaniel Show and of course we took Bill and Jo along too.
We seem to be the most prepared for most things, but unprepared when it comes to taking the dogs to a dog show. We forgot tape for our signs, the dogs water bowl and we forgot our own drink. We also neglected to realise the enclosure we have for the dogs is completely escapable by Bill.
Thankfully Gillian came to the rescue with her doggin cage with a lid – just like the ferret habitat cage we have bought just few days ago – so Bill couldn’t jump out and run around.
In the end if wasn’t a hugely successful day for PupMates, pretty sure we had spoken to most of the people there at the Dog’s Day Out and/or they had heard about us from a post Gillian made on mypetneedsthat.com. I took some photos and that turned out a little more successfully.
Also made a time lapse, which we had had some height to add to it so we got a little bit of a better result, but it does OK.
I’m still going through the photos so there may be some more additions in the near future.