DIY: Flirt Pole Dog Exercise Toy

Not long after we adopted him, we realized that Topher absolutely loves chaseable toys. However, after a few games of fetch, we also realized that Topher’s not especially good at bringing toys back. So, for times when Topher is feeling like chasing down a ball, but doesn’t want to bring it back, I decided I wanted to make something that I could keep a hold of, while having Topher chase. Making a flirt pole dog exercise toy was the perfect option.

A flirt pole is like a feather teaser toy for dogs. It’s a really easy, fun toy to make for any dog who has a high prey drive.

DIY Halloween Dog Costume

Who loves to dress up their dog for Halloween? I do! Unfortunately, Bryan has a strong veto against buying costumes for dogs, so this year—much like last year—I contented myself to dreaming up something I can do from things I have around the house. Luckily, I’m kind of a craft hoarder, so there’s a lot to choose from.

Since Topher has to wear a halter when we go out and about, I thought making him a racehorse costume would be a fun, simple idea. Not to mention, a cute one! If you’ve got a sewing machine, this dog costume is dead simple and takes less than an hour to put together.

DIY: Paracord Dog Collar

When I first starting doing DIY projects for this blog a few months ago, I knew I wanted to work up to making a collar. In my head, I’d get a little better at sewing and then work up a cute collar with webbing and fabric. My hesitation was not because collars are exceedingly difficult to make, but because our collars need to hold back seventy pounds of pure muscle—and with Topher, we test the tensile strength of our collars almost daily.

Then one night I went down a Pinterest rabbit hole filled with Paracord survival bracelets. Parachute cord (also known as paracord or 550 cord when referring to type-III paracord) is a lightweight nylon rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. It’s now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians alike. Recently, survivalists, hikers, and people who just like weaving (that’s me!) have taken to making bracelets, keychains, and tons of other items. Since a dog collar is, essentially, a large bracelet, I figured I could definitely manage a DIY paracord dog collar.

DIY: Dog Collar Bow Tie

Does this DIY even need an intro? I mean, of course everyone wants to put their dog in a bowtie. I’ve been wanting a bowtie (or two, or ten) for Topher since we got him. (I also want to make him about 20 Halloween costumes, but Bryan nixed that idea last year. Sigh.) So when we started putting together our roundup of wedding gear for dogs, I decided to get off my butt and finally make him that dog collar bowtie I’ve wanted for so long. These are easy to make, and only take about 30 minutes! Which is dangerous, because now I’m thinking I want one in every color.