I could almost bet you a million bucks that you couldn’t watch my Ollie boy walking around without a smile crossing your lips. You see my Ollie boy doesn’t walk quite as much as he wiggles. Or waddles, maybe. His chunky butt sways and moves in a way that makes you realize what a 4 legged duck would walk like. It’s quite honestly one of the cutest things ever and just about everybody that passes by on his nightly walks tosses him a smile. They can’t help it. It’s just too cute.
But we’re in the process of trying to turn that chunky butt into something a bit smaller. Don’t worry, no matter what his size, our Ollie is always a funny walker but he needs a little less jiggle in his wiggle so he can be a happy and healthy boy! To start him on his way we’re doing 2 things. We’re changing his food and increasing the amount of exercise he gets via the neighborhood walk.
For a while now we’ve been feeding all of our dogs and cats better quality food than we have in the past. After paying attention to the ingredients lists we’ve realized that our pets are eating things we never would ourselves and we just can’t abide by that. So we’re pretty happy to have recently learned of Tender & True™ Pet Nutrition. It’s the only pet food company that goes beyond pet food into “super food” that is USDA certified organic food for dogs and cats that is sustainable and antibiotic-free. Free of corn and soy and without any artificial additives of any kind Tender & True bases their ingredient list off of the nutrients pets specifically need.
After learning all of this of the company we were pleased as punch when our bags of Tender & True™ Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe, though Carly, our fish loving pup might be super down with Ollie LOVES when I cook him liver so we might pick up one of the Organic Chicken or Turkey & Liver Recipes. Oh, and since the food is good for any dog of any age or size we don’t have to have 2 different bags of kibble for our pups who vary very much in size and age, because Tender & True is suitable for any age – no puppy blend, mature adult blend, etc.which I’m finding super convenient.
Along with the healthier diet I mentioned that we’re walking both of the pups more often. This is great for a few reasons… I love to walk around the neighborhood as does Rob and if you think it makes us happy it makes the dogs ecstatic. We were just joking about how we go the same route every time and, yet, they never seem to get bored :) Granted my little tough stuff Carly tries to “lead the way” automatically turning and heading the right way, hopping off of the sidewalk onto the street at the appropriate times, it’s all quite cute!
While we’re out we often get called to with all sorts of positive sayings. Now our pets are cute, maybe it’s because as their pet parents we think they’re the best things since sliced bread, but I’m pretty sure that popular opinion would say we’ve got some good lookin’ dogs.
It also can’t hurt that I know how to accessorize! These two have some of the cutest collars you have ever seen.
It’s like this huge deal and I have a drawer with matching sweaters for the colder days
and especially lots of Halloween costumes that can be worn any time of the year if you’re adventurous enough :)
So today I’m going to show you how to make the sweetest every accessory for your pup. I figure it’s the perfect thing since we’ve swapped up foods and we’ve started going on evening walks that we treat as the dogs “dessert” it makes them so happy :) And what dessert is complete without sprinkles? The wrong kind! Ha!
For this project you will need:
- Heat transfer vinyl scraps
- New (or very clean) leash
- Iron (regular sized or craft iron
- Protective fabric or Teflon sheet
- Sprinkles cut file
Grab your HTV scraps and place them glossy side down on a cutting mat.
It helps when setting up your cut file to pay attention to how the pieces appear in the grid on the other side.
For your sprinkles you can use this free cut file I made for my project. You’ll need to play with the size of sprinkle for your size leash/pup.
Peel away the excess HTV from a few sprinkles at a time to prevent from any mistakes/accidental sticking together.
Trim out single sprinkles and place them as you choose on your leash.
Place fabric or a Teflon sheet on top of the sprinkles and use an iron (either a large, standard iron or a mini craft iron will work) and adhere the HTV sprinkles onto the leash.
In trouble areas (like on seams, not so much here but the photo is for visual purposes only) you can apply your iron directly to the plastic sheeting over the HTV to help it stick like it needs to. Work quickly, though, because it can quickly warp the HTV below.
Once all of your sprinkles are on the leash roll it up and go through each sprinkle to make sure it is properly adhered. If it bubbles or tries to pull away, use your iron to permanently set it in place. I did this with Carly’s leash, but not Ollie’s, and we’ve already had a few casualty sprinkles I thought were stuck down enough.
All you need is love and a dog (or two!) And if they have super sweet collars that’s all the better, right?
Right! With our new, healthier diet and regular “dessert” after supper walks we are well on our way to being a healthier family, both dogs AND humans. Somebody has to hold that leash after all, right? :)
Want to put your pets on food you can feel good about feeding them? Find Tender & True near you