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Dogs + Gardening = Bad Idea

I like gardening.Well, I like most things about gardening like planting seeds, picking out plants, planting plants, watching them grow and flower, reading about gardening and looking at pictures of gardens. There is one thing I don’t like about gardening. Weeding. I put it off. I get busy doing other things. We have weeks of rain which makes the weeds grow like crazy. It a big chore I dread. This is probably why I wasn’t thinking clearly when I began digging the weeds out of my vegetable garden.

I got out my pitchfork and started at one end, turning over dirt and pulling out the weeds. Soon  Mellie, my Springer, joined me and started digging in the one corner. Hey! I thought what a great idea! She can get the dirt all dug up and the weeds all loose and that will be that much less I have to do. She was joined by Malarky  and I let them have their fun while I continued having mine.

One thing I failed to take into consideration was the dedication they would have for their job. Once I was done with my part, they just keep going.

And going.



My potatoes were dangerously close to ending up as duds instead of spuds.



Is there a blackhole where all the dirt goes from the holes dogs dig?  There never seems to be as much dirt out of the hole as was in it.


Yeah, not one of my brightest moments. New fencing for the garden is in the plans for next weekend so I can get some vegetables for all my effort.

Who helps you with the gardening?

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Pet Hack- Chair Repurposed to Dog Bed

Pet Hacks is a new feature on afFURmation. It will share 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.
Used with permission of My Repurposed Life

I love looking at pet furniture trying to figure out what I like and what would look good in my house. Unfortunately, it tends to be out of my price range so the pet furniture here is pretty minimal. So I love when I find something like this Dog Bed made from a chair.

Gail from My Repurposed Life loves to turn trash into treasure and made this for her Grand-dog Louie to enjoy.  She was kind enough to answer a few questions about it.


Why did you decide to make your project?
I was inspired by a project I saw a friend make.  I love picking up chairs for free, or at most $5.00. (I have a $5.00 thrifting limit for projects) 
What was Louie’s first impression of his new place?
Louie’s first impression was “who ya kidding”?   However he warmed up to it in no time, because his mama (my daughter Jamie) didn’t allow him to sleep in her bed. 
What tips do you have for someone thinking about doing the same thing?
I would recommend looking for free or castoff chairs.  Many broken chairs are thrown out.  Therefore there would be no reason to destroy a good chair for this project.  I would look for a chair with pretty details on the back.  Keep in mind that this project also works really fabulous as a doll bed for your little one.


Visit Gail’s blog  – My Repurposed Life to learn how to put your own dog bed together (she also has a great FAQ page answering some DIY questions).You can bet I’m going to be taking a closer look at the chairs next time I head to the thrift store.


My Repurposed Life
Gail is a do-it-yourselfer who likes to transform items that are heading to the trash into usable items. Along with her Grand-dog Louie and her daughter Jamie, she shares her life with 2 cats, Kitty and Matt and some fish.



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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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What’s the Story Behind Your Pet’s Name?

When I adopted my first dog, I wanted to name her Ham.  Not because I’m a big pork fan, but because I felt animals took after their names.  I thought a dog named Ham would end up being a big clown.  But my mother decided she was not going to yell “Ham come” out the back door, so I settled for Whitney, after Whitney Houston.  Fortunately, she didn’t take after her namesake and was the best first dog a person could have.


I love deciding what to name my pets.  Sometimes I come up with a name right away other times it takes a few days to decide just the right one.  I like names so much I even keep a list of potential ones to use.  You never know when one might fit or a friend is looking for suggestions.

Names can tell a lot about the pet and their people.  Often there’s a  story behind  why a name was chosen.  Here are some of the stories behind how some of my zoo crew got their names.



His original name was Toby, but a friend’s dog had that same name and it didn’t seem like a good fit. I like to rename my adopted pets giving them a new start with a new life and a name that has no negative connotations. I had chosen the name Chaos off my name list, but when I picked him up after he was neutered at the shelter, it didn’t seem right. There was a country music band named Ricochet and that seemed like a perfect name for an on-the-go Jack Russell.



I had no intention of adopting another cat when the head vet tech came back in the the treatment area with a 4 week old kitten someone had found and brought to the Emergency Vet Hospital I worked at. She held her out and showed us the cutest kitten.  I knew I was in trouble when the name Charm popped into my head, but I didn’t need another cat. I spent the rest of my shift hoping the other tech would take her home, but that didn’t happen.  She ended up coming home with me after all with her new name.



I found him on Petfinder.  His post was pretty much like all the other ferrets until I got to the end where they had added “he might have something wrong with his legs”.  That didn’t seem right so I went to the shelter the next day to check him out and ended up adopting him.  I’m not sure what they thought might be wrong with his legs, I couldn’t find anything wrong and he moved like a normal ferret walking around the getting acquainted room at the shelter. As I was watching him in the room, I decided to name him Amblin since he seemed to be having fun ambling around.

Eco, my Senegal Parrot



Eco’s name was easy. He joined my household on Earthday and he was green(part green anyway) so something to do with the environment seemed right.



Yes, I’m a kind of a Gleek.  In the pilot episode they show a sign that said “By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.”  I loved that quote and felt it was a perfect description of what it felt like when pets shared your life. When I adopted a bunny a few months after seeing the quote, it just seemed right to name her Glee, especially after watching her do bunny binkies.


What’s the story behind your pet’s name?

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Christmas Countdown Day 24- Video- A Christmas Wish for All Dogs

Tomorrow morning I’ll be surrounded by family including my critters. Many of my pets I’ve adopted; they are some of the lucky ones who get to spend Christmas in a nice warm home with people that love them.  Many animals don’t have that so let’s all say a Christmas wish that next year not just the dogs, but also the cats, ferrets, parrots, rabbits and all the others get the home they deserve.