Disclaimer: this post contains products from Martha Stewart Pets. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you and your pets will love.
For Father’s Day last weekend I decided to hit up the pool. It was a perfectly hot day, which meant it was a great way to cool off in the summer heat.
You may have even noticed my super cool new tank top, gifted to me from my pals at Martha Stewart Pets. I’m sure you can probably guess why I decided to wear it to the pool….
….because when I flex it really shows off my guns! Which way to the pool ladies?
After floating around for a bit it quickly became evident that there wasn’t going to be any ladies on this particular trip to the pool. Well unless you count mom and my aunts….but they don’t really count at all!
That’s ok though, because the “FEED ME” sign on my back seemed to work pretty well as everyone thought I looked adorable and was happy to toss me a cookie or two while I was floating around. Score 1 for the Martha Stewart Pets Shark Tee!
Eventually all my cousins showed up to play and it was time to strap on my life vest and get to the serious business of swimming!
I even got in some quality time with my dad as I worked on my dog paddling skills.
Swimming is a great calorie burner and I gotta keep up my fit figure for whenever those ladies do decide to show up at the pool!
My most important job of the day though is when I’m put on life guard duty. Someone has to make sure the cousins don’t drown, and when things get out of hand I have no problem barking up a storm to alert everyone of all the “unsafe” antics going on in the water. And despite what mom and dad say, it is not annoying, it’s necessary!
Does your dog enjoy a good pool day?
P.S. You can snag one of these super fun “Feed Me” Shark Tees from Martha Stewart Pets available exclusively at Petsmart.
I’m very lucky in that ever since I can remember mom and dad have allowed me to share their big dog bed with them. Everyone has always slept soundly at night with all of us together (some of us snoring louder than others), but still relatively peacefully.
Then suddenly things changed when I found out we had a 4th family member sharing the big dog bed too (my new little sister), and mom decided she could no longer sleep with me digging my paws into her ribs at night.
Thats when this funny looking pillow called a Snoogle* showed up in our bed. Mom said it was supposed to help her sleep, but after about a week I had commandeered the Snoogle all to myself!
With a combination of pillows, rolled up blankets and the Snoogle I was now corralled into the center of the bed so that everyone could sleep soundly at night again. That is until Mom decided she wanted her pillow back!
So instead of relegating me to the couch at night (I’m much too important to sleep on the couch!), Mom came up with a DIY Solution so that we could all sleep comfortably again.
Mom made me this super cool bumper type pillow to keep me in the center of the bed at night (and from kicking everyone) so that she could take her pillow back. So far it’s been great, and I’m even enjoying having some of my own space at night too!
Since I’m sure there are a lot of dog’s out there that share the giant dog bed with their humans I thought I would share just how my mom made it:
A DIY Solution for Sharing the Bed with Your Dog!
What you need:
Step 1: Cut your fabric into 12 inch x 8.5 foot strips. This makes the size pillow you see me pictured with, and if your fabric is not long enough for 8 feet you can cut more than one strip and attach them together (which is what we did). My pillow turned out to be a pretty good size, but mom said if she made it again she might make the thickness a little bigger. Also, you can certainly adjust this size for different sized dogs, bigger sides and longer for big dogs, and maybe a shorter length for smaller dogs.
Step 2: Fold your strips of fabric length wise in half with the inside facing out and stitch along the long side to create a “tube” of fabric.
Step 3: Cut two circles out of your fabric 6 inches in diameter. Again this size can be adjusted depending on how big you plan to make your pillow.
Step 4: Cut a slit in the center of each of the circles for your ribbon to slip though and then attach with the sewing machine.
Step 5: Sew one of the circles onto the end of the fabric tube you created. Make sure if it’s still inside out that you sew the correct side onto the end.
Step 6: Flip your tube of fabric right side out and start to fill with stuffing. Since this pillow is over 8 feet long we found it helpful to use a broom handle to push the stuffing down the the bottom of the fabric so that it was tight and compact.
Now suddenly from my perspective you have a new snake buddy! But we’re not done…
Step 7: Now attach the other circle you cut to the end of your tube. Likely you will have to hand-stitch some of this to close it off completely.
Ta-da! You now have a pillow that can be used to corral your dog anywhere you like. The ties at the bottom are super helpful in keeping the pillow together (so I don’t kick my way out at night).
And as a bonus it can also be used to tie up the sides to make the walls of the pillow higher if need be.
I’ve really been enjoying my new “bed nest” and it’s definitely helped give my entire family a great nights sleep. In fact I’ve gotten so used to sleeping in it that when I had to sleepover at the farm the other night without it that I picked a spot at the end of the bed and curled up out of the way of everyone for the duration of the entire night. I guess I’ve just gotten so used to sleeping more independently that it’s what was most comfortable!
Does your dog share the bed with you at night? Do you think you’d co-sleep better with one of these pillows?
Trips to my local hardware store are a pretty common occurrence for me. I’ve come to look forward to perusing the isles for all the special DIY materials mom and dad are looking for for their next big project.
The employees always seem surprised with how well behaved I am and how unfazed I am with all the loud noises going on in the lumber department.
I just smile and nod, because I’m pretty much sound proof at this point thanks to all the DIY projects mom and dad take on!
Is your dog completely unfazed by loud noises like me?
As many of you may already know, I spend most of my weekdays working as a shop dog in a custom framing shop. For the past 7 years I’ve had the very important duty of shop greeter, making people smile on a daily basis! Even though I’ve been doing an amazing job, mom says this year I’m going to get a little help with my job when my new sister comes to the shop to help me handle all my duties. To make some room at the shop for an extra “employee” it was time to make some updates to our work space.
So here’s what my shop used to look like:
Things were about to change though….
Over memorial day weekend dad came in with all his tools and a whole stack of ikea boxes and we got to work building. I spent some late nights at the shop that weekend, but in the end it was worth it!
The new design table for all my customers to order their framing on turned out fabulous, even if dad built it a little too tall for us short “people”.
With a whole new look to my store there was only one thing left to do….
Now that things are back to business as usual, I’m back to my post at the front door waiting to greet all the customers.
And you know what, I’m really starting to love this new bigger space. There’s even more room now for me to stretch out for belly rubs!
So what do you think, do you like my shop’s new layout?
It’s that time of the month when you can live vicariously through me and all of my favorite napping spots! Here’s where I’ve been catching some Zzzz’s the past few weeks:
What’s your favorite spot this month?
Check out where else I’ve been sleeping in my “Oh the Places You Sleep” series!