Saturday, June 28, 2014

Corgi Rescue Auction

While I don't currently have a Corgi, the name of the blog IS Corgipants and Corgis are still near and dear to my heart!  Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rescue is having an online auction to benefit their organization and I have donated one of my custom-made Corgi costumes.

 Over the years I've made lots of different Corgi crafts to donate to charity auctions. One of the most popular is the Corgi butt pin!  These are polymer clay which is then painted.
Mike helped me create this shirt, which was a fundraiser at one point for Lakeshore. It's also available in a Pembroke only and a Cardigan only version.
This purse has a warp-around Corgi. I stole the idea from a Dachshund purse I saw!
These two wall hangings were made using this Sharon Malec applique pattern. I should do another in black -headed tri to hang in my own house!
I did a few more polymer clay items, like these bracelets. I made the corgi beads and the little bone and paw print dangles using clay.
And these, believe it or not, are pens. You pop off their little butts and they are ball point pens! These are made by disassembling the pen, creating the body around the pen tube, then putting it back together after it's baked.

I also did a few paper crafts using hand-but silhouettes, like this framed scrapbook page. It's got all the FRAP phrases from this post on it.
These are notecards, simple but fun.
And this last one is a post-it note holder for your desk made from a plexiglass photo holder.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Breed Specific Terminology

This picture has nothing to do with this post, but who likes posts without pictures?  This is Dot earlier this month, taking first in a Rally class.)
Does your breed have terminology all it's own?  I'm kind of obsessed with the strange code that different breed aficionados have for behaviors, colors and characteristics they find unique to their breed.  Being a Corgi person, we'll start with a Corgi term

Frap - This is a common word in the world of Corgis and also Scotties, frapping is when a dog races around excitedly, spinning and turning circles and figure eights at top speed for no reason at all.  This activity is also called hucklebutting in Bull Terriers.  Here's a blog post I wrote about it!

Trancing- A really strange activity performed by Bull Terriers and sighthounds, the dog rubs it's body against low-hanging tree limbs, blankets or curtains and starts moving in slow motion.  More info here

Twizzle- The twizzle is the bit at the end of a Lab's tail that should be twisted together to form a tight spike.

Fluffies- Another Corgi term, this describes a coat of extreme length with exaggerated feathering on ears, chest, legs and feet, underparts and hindquarters.  This is also in Rottweiler term!

Blenheim- This is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel term for red and white coloring.

Landseer- The Newfoundland term for black and white.

Harlequin- The Great Dane term for white with black patches.

So, does your breed have a weird term for something they do, a color pattern or a certain physical trait?
I linked up to Ruckus' Thoughtless Thursday because this post has been a draft for YEARS because I wanted to find more examples, but decided "What the heck, this list will never be as long as I want so I'll just post it now!"
Ruckus the American Eskimo Dog Blog

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Occupying Canine Minds-DogTV Review

When you leave the house, how do you occupy your dogs while you're away?  Some dogs are happy to sleep, watch squirrels and keep themselves content.  But others need to be left with tasks and toys to keep them busy and out of trouble.  While we don't have separation anxiety issues, I like to know that when I leave them alone, our dogs are having a good time and aren't getting their noses where they don't belong.  I alternately crate them and leave them free in the house so that they are comfortable with both, handy for when they need to be boarded or if they get injured and need to be crated for longer periods.

There are a lot of complicated food-dispensing toys on the market today but I find Kongs are still a proven (and safe) way to keep a dog working at a puzzle.  Some toys I've seen have hard plastic parts, parts that can come unscrewed or unhinged, and I would NOT leave those toys with a dog home alone.  I feel safe leaving a treat-filled Kong out while I leave the house, especially now that we have the new radiopaque Blue Kongs!  For a short session, peanut butter works fine, but if I want to occupy a dog for a longer period, I will mix dry kibble and mashed banana together, stuff it into the Kong and freeze it.

We also tried out DogTV.  This is a TV station designed for dogs, which they say is "scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone."  Both of our dogs were unimpressed.  Some of the "programs" included caterpillars crawling across the screen to a background of classical music and children's giggles, video of a dog on the beach with water noises and children saying "good dog", canyon views and children's voices accompanied by classical music and video of butterflies with classical music and windchime noises.  It reminded me a little of Baby Einstein DVDs (which have been debunked as helping your little one's development) in the way stimulating visuals were combined with classical music.  I gathered that some of the segments were meant to be soothing while others were meant to engage and intrigue the dog, the theory being that the more lively shots keep the dog's attention while the more relaxing videos help calm the dog.  As I said, both of our dogs were less interested in DOGTV than I have seen them in human TV at times.  But maybe that's the point.  You wouldn't want a dog excited and anxious listening to howling dogs and chasing cat videos all day, that would make for just as much anxiety as the seperation anxiety DogTV purports to help alleviate.  Maybe our dogs weren't affected because they don't need what DogTV is offering.  Bottom line, we canceled our subscription.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday

Dot and Taco have FUN!

We've got a regional Brittany specialty this weekend, should be a blast!  Hope you have a great weekend too!