Did you catch our final installment of the #InspiredByCrafted campaign that we've been on with Hill's Pet and BlogPaws for the past few months? I had an amazing time being a part of it. Not only did I get to learn a lot, I got to share what I learned with you! And as a direct result of what I learned about Hill's, Penny is eating Hill's Ideal Balance Large Breed puppy food (only because the Crafted line doesn't have a large breed puppy option yet).
For this last installment, Hill's asked us to post about something that the campaign inspired us to do... something we've been wanting to try, or that might be outside of our comfort zone. I chose to take a shot at making Fleece Tug Toys. Scroll back to yesterday's post to see more, and enjoy this video clip of Penny showing off the end result of Mama's craftiness...
Here's one more clip, which was destined for the trash bin thanks to Tut's photobomb, but after watching it, I decided it was too cute to press "delete."
She adores her new tuggy and so far, has only managed to chew one piece of fringe part way off. I think this woven style of knots is really going to hold up (versus the two braided tug toys she's unraveled already) and will definitely be making more. Inexpensive and easy to make + machine washable + a puppy who loves them = a win! (In case you're wondering, neither Tut or Sophie have shown much interest in the toy as of yet)
Speaking of inexpensive to make, this one in particular was made with fleece fabric I found in the pre-cut remnants bin at Walmart for next to nothing. The pink zig-zag and grey fabrics you may have caught in yesterday's post were bought at full price, but still quite inexpensive.
I wish I had thought to make these tug toys back when we had so many puppy fosters coming through the Lapdog house! I would have loved to have sent one home with each of them... not only to give them something else to take from their foster home (every one left with a favorite toy, and many with a snuggie blanket), but it would have given their new humans a little break, knowing their new pups had something they could chew on!
Speaking of those foster babies that I adore so much, did you catch the updates of Booth and Maverick last week? I
First up, the first foster boy who truly stole my heart, Dustee. His Mom started volunteering at one of our local shelters and often bring little house guests home with her. I can't tell you how much that makes me smile. Not only did they give Dustee the loving, forever home he so deserved, but now they're paying it forward and helping so many others find their forever homes as well. Here's Dustee (on the right) chilling out with a recent foster of theirs...
Here's a very calm, cool and relaxed Miss Addison. She was already adopted when we agreed to pick her up from the transport and foster for a couple of days while her new family was out of town. It was our pleasure to help Addie on the journey to her forever home, and I'll never forget how excited her Mom was to pick her up... complete with flowers in hand for me! So, so sweet.
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday! Knitters, don't forget to enter to win a copy of The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques!