Do It Yourself Dogs Pet Hacks

Pet Hacks- From Console to Dog House

Pet Hacks is a new feature on afFURmation. It will show do-it-yourself projects pet owners have made to make their pet’s life easier, happier or just more fun! Remember every pet is different so what may work for one pet might not work for another.


Igor is the lucky dog whose mom. Sara from Endorsed By Igor, made him this cool dog house out of a console TV.


Used with permission of Endorsed By Igor

Why did you decide to make your project?

I wanted a set living space for our dog, Igor.  Up until the house was made, he would call home to an old comforter that would end up in various places in the living room and bedroom.  Plus, he’s a good little guy and I had tried (unsuccessfully) to make him dog clothes – so I figured this was a project that I couldn’t screw up too much. 🙂
What was Igor’s first impression of his new place?
He loved it, but he’s a pretty happy pooch (unless he’s around strangers… ugh).  When we tell him to go “home” he jumps right in.  
What tips do you have for someone thinking about doing the same thing?
Going into this I had seen others do something similar without all the steps, and that frustrated me.  I’m a step-by-step gal. lol.  
So #1, I didn’t know what I was getting into.  One blog showed a picture before and a picture after, and that was it.  Another one stated that she had family members gut the TV.  None were realistic to my situation.  I wanted to do the project therefore I had to gut it myself. lol.
#2, Of the sites I found, none of them stated the precautions when dealing with a TV tube.  Thankfully, I had my husband that said that I should be careful… it probably wasn’t the smartest or more environmental – but we ditched the TV tube in one of the dumpsters provided by our apartment complex.  Even though nothing happened with our tube, I’m still kinda scared of the thought… I’ve contemplated searching YouTube videos to see what would happen if the tube would crack/break… but even that makes me nervous. ;P    
Sara: I’m a life-long redhead and novice crafter, trying to express my creativity while living in a stale white apartment.  Stop on by and say “hey!”  Email me at endorsedbyigor(at)gmail(dot)com


Sara’s blog is Endorsed By Igor and you can find a great tutorial for Igor’s dog cave by clicking here.


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Christmas Countdown Do It Yourself Dogs

Christmas Countdown Day 20- Make a Dog Biscuit Wreath


Looking for a doogy Christmas direction? Or maybe a gift for a dog lover?  Here’s a fun Dog Biscuit Wreath to make.



-Dog Biscuits (medium size used)

-a wreath ( I used an 18 inch straw wreath)

-Ribbon (For this project I used

-9 yards red 1 inch ribbon

-6 yards 3 inch holly ribbon

-2 yards 3 inch red ribbon

– straight pins



  1. I secured the 1 inch red ribbon to the back of the wreath by pushing 2 pins through it into the wreath.
  2. I wrapped the red ribbon around the wreath, covering it completely and securing the end with straight pins.
  3. I secured the holly ribbon to the back of the wreath with 3 pins pushed through the wreath.
  4. I began wrapping the holly ribbon around the wreath twisting it 360 degrees at the front and putting a biscuit under the ribbon where it twisted.   I did this around the whole wreath leaving an 3 inch wide area unwrapped for bow placement. I secured the end of the holly ribbon to the back of the wreath with pins.

    Wrapping variations
  5. I cut pieces for the bow.  To make an easy no-tie bow, determine how long you want the straight parts that hang down. Cut 1 piece that is twice that length.  Then determine how wide you want the bow and cut a piece that is twice that measurement plus 1 additional inch for the loops. Cut a piece about 3 inches long.
  6. Take the piece for the straight hanging part and fold in half. Secure to the wreath where you want the bow by pushing a straight pin into the wreath where it folds. Arrange as you desire.
  7. Take the piece that was cut for the loops and overlap about 1 inch on each end making a circle.  Hold the part where the ribbon overlaps and a spot exactly across from the overlap.  Bring these spots together and wrap 3 inch cut piece around the area where the spots meet. secure to the wreath right where the straight piece was pinned to the wreath.
  8. Arrange loops and the rest of the bow as desired.  Cut end of ribbon on straight part if you prefer and angled cut.
  9. Hang out of the reach of 4 footed creatures.
For a more permanent wreath, spray biscuits with a shellac and allow to dry.
Cats Christmas Countdown Do It Yourself

Christmas Countdown Day 12- Kitty Toys to Make



Looking for something to make for the kitties of the house?  These felted wool balls are easy to make, easy for your cat to paw around and easy for them to pick up.



-Cheap plastic cat balls

-wool roving.  You can find wool at many craft stores including Joann Fabrics. I used about 1 ounce of wool to make 2 balls. I used wool I had on hand.

-nylon stockings


  1. Wrap wool around the plastic cat toy ball so no plastic shows through.  Add more wool for a cushier toy. Use different colors and make patterns.
  2. Place wool wrapped toy into stocking and knot the stocking right above the ball.
  3. Throw stocking into washer with a load of laundry, hot water will help them felt faster. (If concerned about color leaking wash with something you aren’t concerned about.  It doesn’t need to be a full load).
  4. Throw into dryer.
  5. Repeat washer and dryer steps.
  6. Carefully remove from stocking as wool fibers may be coming through the nylon.
  7. Optional: Place in a bag of catnip to make them even more enticing.
  8. Let kitty enjoy.
When the toy gets looking a little rough for wear, just run through the washer and dryer again and it’s ready for more play!
Visit 7 Yaks Design for more detailed instructions and picutes.