Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween from Niqqi the Bichon Frise!

October 31, 2009

I was a lot of fun waiting for trick-or-treaters today! Happy Halloween everyone!

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Halloween Is Almost Here – 4 Super Easy Dog Costumes You Can Make

October 24, 2009

Hello Friends!

It’s almost Halloween! If you haven’t found the right dog costume to wear for this great occasion, here are some last minute ideas you can make yourself…and there’s no sewing required

Disfraz de Dragon - Mujer Maravilla

Dragon Costume - Wonder Woman

Caperucita Roja - Hawaiana

Little Red Riding Hood - Hawaiian Hula Dancer

Just click to see English or Spanish instructions:

Dragon Costume / Disfraz de Dragón
Wonder Woman / Mujer Maravilla
Little Red Riding Hood / Caperucita Roja
Hawaiian Hula Dancer / Bailarina Hawaiana

Hope it comes in handy 😉

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Dragon Costume for Dogs – Super Easy to Make – No Sewing Required

October 20, 2009

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This Halloween I will roar “trick or treat” and will definitely surprise my neighbors! This dragon costume was very easy to make.

First, we needed some measurements:

A  -  B

A - B

A – From my neck to my eyes; B – From my neck to my tail.

C  -  D

C - D

C – My tail front to back plus more if you want the dragon’s  tail longer;
D – Around my belly plus 2 inches. Then I divided that figure in half.

E  -  F

E - F

E – From my neck to the middle point of my front leg;
F – From the middle point of my front leg to the middle point of my hind leg.

H  -  G

H - G

H – My upper leg width; G – From my back down to where my legs start.

Once I took all the measurements, I laid them out on a piece of paper like this to make a pattern.

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Then I cut out the parts I didn’t need.

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MATERIALS USED

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*Green felt – This is the base for the costume, so make sure that you get a piece that’s at least the sum of measurements A, B & C, and twice the measurements of D
*Yellow felt for the triangular back plates
*Red and black felt for the eyes, nostrils and tongue
*Fabric glue, silicone glue and glue gun, or contact cement
*Scissors
*Velcro
*Stuffing

INSTRUCTIONS:

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Measure the green felt so that its length is the sum of measurements A, B and C, and its width is measurement D multiplied by 2. Fold in half lenghwise. Lay pattern over the felt. Cut out all excess material.

B1

This is what it should look like when you’re done cutting.

B2

Glue the tail together. Glue Velcro on the edges as shown.

B3

Stuff the tail with filler or stuffing. Try on to make sure it fits.

B4

To make the triangular plates, fold some yellow felt in half. The height will be at your discretion. Draw the triangular plates ans shown, leaving a little space in between them.

B5

Cut and glue together.

B6

Glue the triangular plates in place on the back of the costume.

B7

Cut pieces of felt to make the eyes, nostril and tongue and glue in place.

B8

This is what the finished piece should look like! Make a slit at the neck to fish through the collar ring.

B9

This is what I look like from the front.

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Ready to go Trick or Treating! (Hope I get some roaring good treats!!)

Fluffs,

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Looking For Nessie *The Loch Ness Monster* With My Twitter Friends

October 11, 2009

Guid mornin everyone!

Today, October 11, 2009, I am taking my Twitter friends on another submarine adventure!  This time we are meeting at Urquhart Castle in northern Scotland.  We are going to explore the cold, dark and murky waters of Loch Ness in a submarine my dad made especially for us:  The DOGFISH! Our goal is to come face to face with the legendary Loch Ness Monster!!  We are going to have a #LochNessPawty!

Map2 Urquart Castle3

X marks the spot of our meeting! Anipals from all corners of the world are coming to embark into this exciting expedition!  We have representatives from the Scotland, England and Ireland, Germany, Egypt, Canada, Brazil, Croatia,  the U.S.  and many other places!  I am thankful to my friends @no_crybaby_doGs for suggesting this party, @Pandafur and @SnowyDaze for picking up anipals on their super fast jets, @Dogstoyevsky for bringing the trawler Atlantis with many onboard,  @EmmyTheCat for lending her supersonic Eco-Copter, and to @OatieDog for volunteering her submarine to give tours to those who came in at the last minute.  I also want to thank all of you who offered to D.J. and to those who  are bringing beverages,  treats, nets and harnesses, maps, scuba suits, and gas masks in case somone feels compelled to pass gas in the submarines.

But especially I’d like to thank THE CREW and my crazy parents:   You made this fantasy possible!

It will be a day filled with food, games, excursions and tours, submarine rides and, above all, a chance for all of us to be together and have fun!  So here is to you, my friends–have a great #LochNessPawty!

NOTE: You can follow #LochNessPawty on the “Search” feature of www.twitter.com , on www.tweetgrid.com hashtag #lochnesspawty, search lochnesspawty, and  on www.tweetdeck.com or www.seesmic.com.

REMEMBER!! Add the Hashtag #LochNessPawty To Your Comments So Everyone Can Read Them!
And Observe The Golden Rule–and I’m not talking about retrievers–Treat Others The Way You’d Like To Be Treated!

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THE SCHEDULE
For this adventure the weather will sunny and warm all day long–except under water…

1pm CST (2pm EST, 7pm UK) – Meet up

SCOTTISH LANGUAGE LESSONS
GAMES
LOCH NESS AND LOCH NESS MONSTER HISTORY/FOLKLORE

ABOUT URQUHART CASTLE
HAUNTED CASTLE TOURS
RESTAURANTS/SHOPS/LOCH TOURS
(not associated with any of the above)

Continuous Onsite Treats and Beverages Courtesy of Those Who Brought Them

1:45 pmCST (2:45 pm EST, 7:45 pm UK)
SUBMARINE LAUNCH

DIVE, DIVE
PAWTY, PAWTY
#LOCHNESSPAWTY

Fluffs,

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