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We adopted our one-of-a-kind wacky dog about 11 years ago. She has enriched our lives in ways I never anticipated. She’s very smart and exuberant, which can be a fun and challenging combination. Lila doesn’t realize she’s getting older, she’s still as excited about a walk as she ever was, but I’ve noticed that she doesn’t bounce back after her walks in the cold winter weather the way she used to (but then neither do I). To pamper my senior dog, I’ve made her a DIY hooded towel. I warm the towel up and wrap it around my “baby dog” when she comes in from her cold weather walks. Now that Lila is getting older, I enjoy finding special ways to pamper her.
My dog, Lila, has always been a crazy, in-your-face, fun-loving dog. She’s the dog with the lampshade (or curtain) on her head at the party. I recently learned to appreciate her more than ever as I’ve discovered that I’m growing old(er) together with Lila. Her exuberant outlook has taught me life lessons with my fun-loving dog that I treasure. Can you tell that she’s an important part of our family?
Lila has always lived for her daily walks. When she was younger, I couldn’t walk her far enough to tire her out. Now that she’s getting old(er) (neither Lila nor I like to say we’re old), I can tell that while Lila still loves her walks, she feels the ache of the cold weather more. I want her to continue to enjoy her walks, but I now make sure that I take extra care of her, keep her well and pamper her by having a warm hooded towel waiting for her when we return home.
This is an easy DIY hooded towel project that you can make in less than 10 minutes. Really. For a medium to large size dog, you’ll need a bath towel and hand towel.
While I was on one of my
daily weekly visits to Target (did I see you when I was there?), I knew it was the perfect opportunity to grab just what I needed to spoil Lila. I picked up a happy yellow towel and hand towel and then headed over the dog treat section. I chose Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks as a treat for Lila. They’re crafted in small batches with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And they’re Made in the USA (in Arkansas, to be exact)! Lucky for you and me (and Lila), there’s a Target Cartwheel URL offer for 10% off Purina Beyond Dog Snacks at Target, available from 10/4-10/31 2015.
Start by removing the tags from the towels as close to the seam as possible (you don’t want those scratchy tag edges to irritate your dog when your intention is to pamper her).
Fold the hand towel in half, short sides together. Sew a seam on one of the long edges. I use the towel binding as a guide for my seam.
Line the long edge of the hand towel hood up with a long side of the bath towel. Fold each in half to find the center line and then match those center lines up together. Pin the edges together and sew the hand towel hood to the bath towel. I used the towel binding as a seam guide again.
In less than 10 minutes and with less than 36 inches of sewing, you’ve created DIY hooded towel to pamper your “baby dog.”
I keep a hand towel near the back door so that I can wipe Lila’s feet off when she comes in from a walk during cold, wet winter months. Now that Lila is older and seems to feel the cold more, I throw her hooded towel in the dryer on our way out for a walk and warm it up for about 3-5 minutes (please make sure someone is home when you operate your dryer). When we get back from Lila’s walk, I take care of my “baby dog” by wrapping her in her warm hooded towel. She really seems to appreciate the warmth after a cold, exhilarating walk.
In addition to her warm hooded towel after cold weather walks, I often pamper Lila with a dog treat (or two ). I’m impressed that chicken is the #1 ingredient in Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks and the treats actually look like pieces of chicken meat. Feeding Lila treats that are grain free, with no corn, wheat, soy or poultry by-product meal, is another way to pamper her and keep her well with the best year round snack choice for her.
What does Lila think of being pampered with an all natural snack? Yep, she’s just as enthusiastic about her snack as she is about her walks.
How do you pamper your dog? Join me and pamper your senior dog with a DIY hooded towel.