Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween, Dogs & Grandkids

Halloween Safety for your Furbaby:

1.Do not let your Sweet furbaby eat chocolate, it is toxic to them!

 Chocolate is made from the fruit (beans) of the cacao tree. Theobromine, a component of chocolate, is the toxic compound in chocolate. (Caffeine is also present in chocolate, but in much smaller amounts than Theobromine.)


Unsweetened (baker's) chocolate contains 8-10 times the amount of Theobromine as milk chocolate. Semi-sweet chocolate falls roughly in between the two for Theobromine content. White chocolate contains Theobromine, but in such small amounts that Theobromine poisoning is unlikely

2. Do not let them Eat artificial Sweeteners!

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol -- an artificial sweetener created from birch, raspberries, plums and corn.1 This sweetener is found in many human "sugar free" products, such as gum, candies and other sweets. In humans, high doses may have a mild laxative effect, but in dogs, ingestion could be fatal.


3. Do have plenty of healthy dog treats.

Have plenty of healthy dog treats to keep them . Or their favorite chew bone. They will probably be nervous with all the people coming to your door and all the kids giggling and noise out side. Even dogs who love people can get annoyed at all the commotion.

4. Lastly, Watch out for wrappers. 

The next day or week after Halloween, you will need to be on the look out for wrappers of candy and gum. Those little trick or treaters probably left a few. They still small good and Dogs sometimes will swallow them. Well, that can be very bad if they get stuck in their intestines. Dogs, smell, swallow and ask questions later, so you will need to be on the look out.

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween, and save some snickers for me!





Grandson, Ayden,
 Cowboy Costume
  


Grandaughter, Calleigh,
 Purple Kitty Costume
 
I Know My grand kids are not "Dog related " information........But ..........They are just soooooo stinkin' Adorable!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

12 Collars of Christmas - Pattern # 4 "The Skull"

12 Collars of Christmas, Pattern giveaway # 4: "The Skull".

 I decided that for Halloween I wanted to design a dog 
collar that was black, 
but not scary. More on the fun side.  
But the Collar was too plain,even with the "Skull" appilque.
 I love the picot stitch on baby things  hats, 
and some other items, but not sure what it would look
 like on a collar. I put the picot stitch all around the collar, 
I love it! 
 It  gives the collar the appearance of having spikes.  
How cool is that!

Here is the Crochet pattern for the Dog Collar "The Skull".

See this Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

The Skull Dog Collar Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please, Add This crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Hook : H
Yarn- I Love This Yarn, Black and white

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Picot Stitch (pct)

Size: 10 inches

Gauge: 4 chains = 1 inch

Pattern:
Notes: ch1 does not count as a stitch.

Collar: With Black yarn, Ch 41 for a 10 inch collar
( 3 ch = 1 inch if you want to make longer or shorter)

R: 1 - 1 hdc in each ch, turn, ch1

R: 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc, turn ch 1

R: 3 - Picot Trim-(We will be working completely around both sides of the collar
 with out stopping at the ends) * 1 hdc in the first 3 hdc, ps on the 3rd hdc,
 1 hdc in the next 3 sts, ps on the 3rd hdc, repeat from * to the end of first side
of the collar, ch 3, sc in the center of the end, ch 3, join to the opposite
 side and repeat from pattern from *, to the end of collar , ch3,
 1 sc in the center of the end, ch 3 join and tie off.

Ties:

Join yarn to the sc at the center of the end of collar, ch 25,
1 dc in the end of ch, ss back down and join to sc, tie off.
Repeat on other end of collar for the second tie.


Skull Applique: With White yarn

R - 1 : Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next two chs , turn

R - 2 : Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in last st, turn

R - 3 : Ch 1, sc in each st, turn

R- 4 : Repeat R-3

R- 5 : Ch 1, skip first sc, scin next 2 sc, ss in last st, tie off

With Black Yarn, embroider the mouth and eyes on the skull.
Place in th center of the dog collar and sew on yarn.

If you make any of these collars... 
I sure would love to see some pics of your pooches
 wearing them!!!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Recipe For Pumpkin Dog Cookies!!!!

There is nothing cuter then Rosie in her pumpkin outfit!
Recipe For Pumpkin Dog Cookies. Someone posted on my Facebook fan page that they give thier dogs  pumpkin dog cookies. So I decided to find a recipe for some. If you look at the ingredients, they are people friendly too.

Here it is:

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dry milk
2 1/2 cups flour (wheat is probably better or even potato flour)
water

Directions:Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 Blend eggs and pumpkin together; add salt, dry milk, and flour.
3 Add water as needed to make the dough somewhat workable.
4 The dough should be dry and stiff, don't be concerned with crumbs being left in the bowl.
5 You will need to mix this with your hands because it is too stiff for an electric mixer.
6 Roll to 1/2-inch thick.
7 Cut into shapes. 8 Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
8 Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes.

Dog bone shape cookie cutters are fun!

 Pumpkin, whether fresh or canned is really good for the health of your pet.  Pumpkins are full of Vitamins A and  C, Iron,and Fiber. Plus it contains lots of Beta Carotene, which is an essential antioxidant. As a matter of Fact pumpkin is good for us, too. Please, Do not give your pet pumpkin pie, there is just to much sugar in them. if they get a few bites, it is probably ok, though. Just don't slice them off a big piece with cool whip.

No Pumpkin pie for Maximo and Rosie




No nutritional value in the stem!




Yappy Howl-loween!

 

Monday, October 18, 2010

12 Collars of Christmas - Pattern Give Away #3




Flowers and Lace Dog Collar is pattern give away # 3.
 I decided to design a collar for the girly girls.
 It is made with white yarn in a lacy pattern of chains,
and has three bright flowers. It has ties to hold it on.
Please remember these collars not intended
 to use a collar or harness
for attaching a leash. they are for decorative purposes only.

Flowers And Lace Dog Collar Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
Please add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites.

Skill: easy


Materials:
Hook: H
Yarn needle
Yarn: "I love This yarn", white and bright colors for flowers

Stitches :
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (ss)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half  Double Crochet (dc)

R: 1 - Ch 34 , for a 9 inch collar (add 3 chs for every inch to make it longer)


R: 2 - 2 hdc in second ch from the hook, 1 hdc in each ch,
2 hdc in last ch on the row, turn ( work up opposite side of ch)
 2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in each st,
2 hdc in last st, join to form a long oval.


R:3 - *Ch 3, skip first st, sc in next st*
repeat from *to* all around the whole collar, join and tie off.

Ties: Make 2
Join to middle of end of collar, ch 25, 1 dc in the end, turn
and ss back down the ch to the collar, join and tie off.


Flowers: Make 3, in three different bright colors
R: 1 - Ch 3, 6 sc in the second ch from the hook, join to form a circle,


R: 2 - Ch 2, sc in the first st, ch2, sc in next st, repeat 3 more times, join


R: 3 - In each 2 ch space,( sc, dc, dc, sc,) to form each petal,
 ss in each sc, repeat 4 more times , for 5 petals total.

Place on collar, and sew in place with matching thread.
Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this pattern...
I am really enjoying designing them. 
And remember there are nine more collar patterns to go!  

next week, Collar #4 you want a hint about
 next week's collar  ?  Think Spooky!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I Love Ravelry!

I Love Ravelry!
A few weeks ago my daughter and grandbabies were home visiting for the week-end. We were walking in the "Walk for the cure". As my mother is fighting Breast Cancer.


Me, Mom in the pink hat, Grandaughter Calleigh, Daughter Elisabeth
 During my daughter's visit she asked if I had heard of Ravelry. Elisabeth has a at home Business called "Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations"  (check out her button.) Well, I said no, So she showed me the web page.

OH  My Goodness! I was addicted immediately!!
                                                             http://www.ravelry.com/

So what is Ravelry?

 It is a Crochet and Knit community of wonderful people. All sharing thier projects and patterns and ideas.  If you Crochet or knit you must check it out!

Then my Daughter said, "you should put your patterns on Ravelry and see if people would like to buy them." All my designs were and are in my head. I only crochet dog and dog related items, well mostly.
All the patterns are my own designs. The hard part was going to be putting them on paper. I mean I know what I do...but didn't know how to tell  what I do.

 LOL Sounds funny, but Crochet Design is a Art to me.


Just a few of my Creations:

Beanie For Small Dogs

Posh Snuggle Pouch


Rosie's Basic Sweater for Dogs






Dog bone Rug or Mat











So I have begun to load my patterns on Ravelry!  Some are Free, Most are not. But these are one of a kind doggie sweaters, hats, snuggle bags, costumes, doggie stuff and more. 




Please, Go check out "Ravelry" you will find yourself as addicted as I am.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

12 Collars of Christmas - Pattern Give Away #2


Last Week There were only 12 
Weeks till Christmas, YIKES   
   This week there are only 11! 
Double YIKES!    
  I have decided to design 
a new crochet collar for
 each week, hense the name 
"12 Collars of Christmas". 
Last week I gave you the pattern
 for The "Jingle Bell collar". 
If you missed it check back a few posts.

This weeks pattern is : 
BowTie Collar

Dog Bowtie Collar Crochet Pattern 
By Sara Sach
Please add this pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill - Easy

Materials:
Hook- H
Yarn Needle
Yarn : Black and White worsted weight yarn

Stitches :
Chain ch
Slip stitch ss
Single Crochet sc
Half Double Crochet hdc
Double Crochet dc

Collar Band : Ch 34 for a 9 inch collar ( add 3 ch for every inch)

Row 1 : 1 hdc in each ch , ch turn

Row 2 : 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 , skip the next, sc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next stitch, continue pattern to the end of the row, ch 1 turn

Right Side of the Collar,

Row 3 : hdc in the first 17 sts, ch, turn

Row 4 : 7 ss, 4 hdc, 4 dc, ch 1, turn

Row 5 : 4 dc, 4 hdc, 7 ss, tie off

Left Side of the collar, L Row 3 : attach yarn in the next stitch right next to the right collar, ch 3, 16 hdc, ch1 , turn

 Row 4 : 7 ss, 4 hdc,  4 dc, ch1, turn,

 Row 5 : 4 dc, 4 hdc, 7 ss tie off

Ties and finish:

Reattach yarn to the top right edge of the collar, ch 20, ss back up the chain, and join with a sc, sc across the top of the collar, when you reach the left edge, ch 20, ss back up the ch, attach and tie off.

Bow Tie :

Row 1: Ch 15, 14 hdc, ch 1 turn

Row 2 :& 3 : 14 hdc, ch 1, turn

Row 4 : 14 hdc, tie off, weave in ends

With a 12 inch piece of matching yarn, tightly wind it around the center of the bow,tie and tight tightly then attach to the collar.

I designed this while I was waiting for my 
mom to get out of her
 Drs. Appointment. 
I was inspired by a bull dog
 I saw on a TV commercial.  Woof!  
Wonder what next weeks collar will be?????
Enjoy!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Three Day Get Away Got My Creative Juices Flowing!!!!!

My Hubby and I decided, at the last minute, to get away for a few days up at Grand lake, here in Oklahoma.
We left Thursday afternoon and I was greeted with this beautiful Sunset!
The first morning my hubby went golfing..ugh!  But I , got out my tools:  yarns, crochet hooks, my note book and a cup of coffee, and started creating.  I always start with a rough drawing and work from there.

With a wonderful view of the lake, and a chill in the air..I was thinking about Christmas!

The afternoon was great, we went for a drive and saw lots of wonderful wild life!

American Bald Eagle


Beaver


Turkey buzzard eating a Armadillo

Gray Fox

Great horned Owl


White Tail Deer












Then we went for a wonderful walk on the beach!

View across the lake


Geese


A Goose


Hawk - I was so excited to get this shot!!!


Rosie and Maximo posing on a log.


A Pelican

View from out Camp site


another view of the lake















We came back on Sunday afternoon..I loved the beauty and the calm of the lake.  I have often heard that oklahoma is not a beautiful place because we don't have mountians, but there is lots of beautiful things to see, I could have loaded over 300 pics of beauty from just one week-end.  A beautiful place and lots of time to crochet ...What more could I ask for?????

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas is only 12 weeks away! and Pattern for You!


Can you believe Christmas is only 12 weeks away???  
 It always come too fast andI am usually not ready for it,
 but this year will be different!

 Yea, right!         Hee hee.

How about a Free Crochet pattern
 to get us in the Christmas mood!
 I made this simple pattern, 
actually last year, and absolutely loved it.


See The Video Tutorial on my Youtube Channel
 at this LINK

Jingle Bell Decorative Collar for Dogs, cats and ect.
Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
Please Add This Pattern to your Favorites on Ravelry

Skill: Easy

Material:
Crochet Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted Weight (4)
           I used I Love This yarn -Sparkle,2 colors for each collar.
5 Jingle Bells

Stitches:
Chain(ch)
Slip Sti (slst)
Single Crochet (sc)

Size: Pattern is written for a 12 in Dog neck
To adjust size - 3 chs = 1 inch  + 1 (3 X12 = 36 + 1= 37)
Pattern:

With first color : Ch 37.

R: 1 - *2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch across till you reach the last ch,
2 sc in the last ch,* turn and sc down the opposite side of the ch,
Repeat From * to *, join to the 1st sc with a slst.


R: 2 - Change to send color choice, ch 1, *2sc in  1st sc,
1 sc in each st on first side of collar, till you rach the last sc, 2 sc in the last sc, ( for first tie) ch 25 and slst back up chain to the collar and join with sc, 1 sc in the same st*
Repeat From * to *, join to the 1st sc, tie off, weave in your ends.



Bells: On a 24 inch piece of matching yarn, Sew on your bells, as many s you like,
 hiding your stitches to the back of collar.

Here are several different styles I made for my pooches and friends, last year.



Now shake those bells andget in the Holiday mood!
And that is it! Enjoy!