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A Pet Infographic For Traveling with Dogs and Puppies: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Vacations

A Pet Infographic For Traveling with Dogs and Puppies: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Vacations

Now that summer’s it’s time to take that well deserved vacation. Of course, this includes bringing your furry family member along. Here is a nicely detailed pet infographic showing some great traveling tips to help you prepare for one PAWESOME trip.

1 – Introduction To The Car

As shown in the infographic, it’s best to introduce your pet/puppy to rides in the car well before the long distance trip you plan on making. Be sure to remain calm. Otherwise if you become agitated your pet is likely to pick up on it and its anxiety will increase as well. You can also bring some of his or her favorite treats to gradually give throughout the short trip; assuring that their ride will truly be fun. Here’s 3 more helpful tips for you:

Sit Without Driving – Let your pet/puppy sit in the car with you while it’s in the driveway or garage. After the dog seems comfortable, try starting the car so your pet will grow used to the noise. You can even try feeding your pet a meal in the car or give it a their favorite toy so that it will now associate the car with good /safe feelings.

Short Trips – Keep the first several trips short. Some of them can include simply driving around the block. Then as you increase the duration, end up a fun destination, such as a friend’s house with a dog or a dog park.

Watch For Car Sickness – A pet that is anxious in the car or does not tolerate long trips can develop car sickness. Signs of this can include excessive drooling, whining, shaking, smacking or licking lips or simply vomiting. Note: it also helps to keep your pet facing forward while your traveling, rather than looking out the side windows.

2 – Supplies To Take

Once you’re ready to take a longer tip, here are 3 ways to help plan ahead and have packed the needed supplies.

Crate – You can use the pet’s crate while in the car of while in a hotel, which may help keep it calmer during the trip. If you’ve already been using the crate as a means to housebreak the pet, taking this with you can help avoid having a setback on housebreaking.

Food – Be sure to bring the same food your’ve been feeding your pet normally on the trip. This helps to prevent digestive issues as well as ensures their comfort by not changing their normal feeding habits or worse yet by introducing potentially toxic chemicals or undesirable ingredients from a bag of puppy food that your find while traveling.

ID Tag – Make sure the tags on your pet’s collar or ID chip are completely up to date! Should your pet escape while you are on your trip, it’s likely to become even more spooked in a strange location and therefore can make it much tougher to catch.

Unable to bring your furry friend with you on vacation? No problem, check out this set of pet sitting report cards to use to help make their own vacation and unique and great one. 

DIY Suitcase Dog Bed

Check out this neat DIY dog bed I found via Shop Rouche.com’s blog. Naturally, since I thought that this project was so cool, it would be a great way to create something bright and colorful to help bring in a dose of early spring for Fido or Ms. Kitty.

What’s more, I love just how simple it is to do!

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Materials:
-Suitcase
-Foam
-Scissors
-Fabric

Directions:

1. Choose an empty suitcase that’s large enough for your pet to fit comfortably in.

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2. Measure and cut out a piece of foam to fit inside of the suitcase. You can add multiple layers of foam for more cushion.

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3. Choose a fun fabric to place over the foam. Cut out a piece that is larger than the area of the suitcase (you’ll need the extra length to secure the fabric).

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4. Place the fabric over the foam and tuck it in at the edges and corners. For a more secure fit, you can also take two pieces of fabric (both large enough to cover the foam) and sew them at the edges to create a pillowcase to cover the foam with.

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5. Present your furry friend with their comfy new bed and add in their favorite toys!

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Now, if you want to share this DIY project with others on Pinterest, go for it! Or better yet, you can visit the blog and share a Pinterest ready image posted at the bottom of Ruche’s blog. Have fun with it and enjoy!

Impressive Pet Illustration

Our constant quest and thirst for new and fun animal themed tidbits has lead us to another very talented and inspiring illustrator: Michael Fleming. To freely view more of his work, please visit tweedlebop.com/blog.

What we love most about his work, is the richly textured and colorful style he beautifully displays in his work…we are also partial to his pieces whose theme centers around animals and pets. So, if you happen to need a quick get away into a world where texture, color and creativity rule, his blog is a great place to start, sit…and stay.

beautiful pet illustration by Michael Fleming

 

Free Valentine’s Day Pet Cards & Envelope Design

We love to celebrate Valentine’s Day in honor of all those near and dear to us! So, here is a free DIY animal card template for you to download and give to all of your most favorite and ‘furried’ Valentine(s). Better yet, these can also serve a great fit for all of those (ahem), last minute types who still wish to give out a simple, yet highly unique card.

This pet themed card and envelope set was designed to be simple and fun. There are two themes to choose from: pink or red. Also included in the template is a matching envelope that you can print out and cut out. It’s so easy! Better yet, download both and get extra crafty with these pet design templates. After all, every one (both human and pet), deserves to know that they mean everything to someone. Woof!

free pet card design download by sniff design

 

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Make a Sweet Cake Toy for Your Pet

Come and dig this ultra nifty DIY cake roll dog toy pattern we found via Feed Dog’s blogspot.

Looks pretty delicious doesn’t it? Well we thought so too and wanted to share this tasty little treat with you. Download this free PDF pattern and you will find that it includes two mini cake versions. An all American version – a Swiss cake roll and a British version – a mini jam roll. Both use the same pattern pieces but slightly different techniques for each. Have fun on getting started on making some sweet and new memories for you and Fido. Buon appetito!

free DIY dog toy pattern for a felt doggy cake roll

 

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