Idea recycles sleeve into doggy sweater



Dear Heloise: As a mother of six and grandmother of five, I have been an avid recycler since it was called "being frugal." Imagine my surprise when my husband came up with a way to use the cut-off portions of his sweatshirt sleeves. He made one into a sweater for my puppy. This is so easy that I had to share it with you. They can be made to fit many small dogs and puppies. And the best part is that if you make a mistake, you still have a cleaning rag.
Place the sleeve on a flat surface with the seam on the bottom. Measure 1 inch in from the cuff and 1 inch up from the seam, and mark a circle about 1 inch across. Cut through both layers. These will be the front leg holes. Now put the sweater on your dog. The cuff becomes the collar. If the sweater is too long for your dog, mark just above the tail and cut the extra off in a rounded arc with a shortened area on the belly side.
I hope to see many warm doggies this winter. Rebecca from Latrobe, Pa.
Thanks for the "hot dog" hint! Many chilly pups and tiny little dogs will appreciate these directions. Heloise
Dear Readers: Carolyn Allisot of Gardiner, Maine, sent in a photo of her dog Mandy, all covered up in bed. Carolyn says: "Mandy likes to sleep in. She in a 4-year-old beagle and is spoiled rotten." Visit www.Heloise.com and click on Pet of the Week to see the photo of Mandy. Heloise
Dear Heloise: We recently added a pug puppy to our family, which included an older, diabetic Dalmatian. As the diets varied, containment for the puppy was a problem. Gates designed for children have bars spaced too far apart for small pets, have tricky mechanisms to hold them into place or need to be bolted or screwed to door frames.
My husband purchased a sheet of white vinyl lattice for 20, and it was large enough to cut into several pieces. We bought adhesive hooks for the lattice to hang on. The hooks can be placed at any height and do not leave any marks on walls or doors when they need to be removed. Lattice comes in several designs, is thin, durable and sturdy -- which means it will contain a pet as small as a guinea pig, or a large pet -- and can be stored easily. It takes two seconds to retrieve the lattice and hang on the hooks, and it works! Cathy DeWitt, Wyoming, Mich.
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