Monday, April 21, 2014

New Dog Breed & Colors Added, Also Key Chains!

NEW Irish Terrier Key Chain
          Just as promised NEW STUFF! Took me much longer then I would have liked to of gotten posted but as you know "real life" likes to get in the way. So without further ado I present my new pieces! There are new color options for Collie Rough - tri color and Doberman Pinscher - dark blue. I also have added a new breed, you can now get the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno in a smooth coat and wire coat. You may also be interested to know that I'll been unveiling more later.

Tri color Collie Rough
          The new tri colored Collie was added thanks to a customer request. I know I've said this many times before but there are just so many breeds and colors of dogs that it may take me a super long time to get to your favorites, that is unless you ask me to make yours a priority.

A darker blue Doberman Pinscher
          I thought I was done with adding any more colors to my Doberman Pinscher line until I was contacted by a customer. They just recently lost their service dog and wanted my tag to memorialize the sweet angel. The current blue I had was a light color so they asked if I could possibly make it in a darker blue (as that was the color of the their dog). I was more then happy to oblige and this (see photo above) is the result.

NEW Portuguese Podengo Pequeno smooth coat
NEW Portuguese Podengo Pequeno wire coat

          In between me adding new colors for breeds I already have or reworking old patterns I like to add new breeds. I hope Portuguese Podengo Pequeno lovers will love my newly added designs.

          The most requests I've received has been for a key chain. I must admit I had originally turned down the idea because I had been much to busy. But more requests for it continued to come so I just couldn't ignore it any longer and begin sketching. Before I send out a key chain into the world I needed to test it to make sure it would hold up. I have a family member that carries more keys then any normal person would, they would become my Tester. I started making my designs but in the end each one proved to be flawed. Some designs lasted longer then others but they just weren't right and it was to bad as some were quite nice. I had one last idea but at the point I had spent a lot of time on the key chain project and the whole thing just fell to the wayside. Fast forward to earlier this year, a customer on eBay contacts me after seeing my Irish Terrier crate tag and asks if I happen to have it in a key chain. I did have that new design idea in the pipeline and I took this as a sign to give this project another shot. Well I stitched up the new design and put it through testing and lo and behold it worked! I do have to warn you that not all my dog designs will be suitable to be made into key chains. The dog designs with the long tails, thin legs, etc may not be sturdy enough to be made it a key chain. I'll be going through my dogs and making a decision on which breeds will be offered in the key chain design.

          All these new items will be added to my website, shops, and on eBay but please be aware that it may take me some time to do so. However, you are always very much welcome to contact me to request that I  list them quickly for you.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

African Wild Dogs On My Recent Trip To Brookfield Zoo

Click to enlarge my photo I took at the Brookfield Zoo

          One of my favorite places to visit is the Brookfield Zoo, we've been going there since I could remember. I have loads of awesome memories of this zoo. Most of them start with the typical old person saying "When I was a kid...", gaw that makes me feel old even though I'm not truly. It is sorta weird seeing how things have changed from when you were a kid to now. Anyway despite and in some cases because of those changes I had a great day at the zoo this Thursday.

          My sister has bought a family pass this year to the zoo so lucky me I'll get to tag along from time to time. Provided my camera behaves its self and can take some decent photos or videos I'll be posting some of it here for everyone to enjoy.

          Check out this video (with no sound) I made of the African Wild Dogs playing. The thing hanging from the chain is a slab of pork, just FYI.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rice Pizza Dog Snack Recipe

3 cups cooked rice - cooked in chicken broth or 2 bouillon cubes
1 cup non-fat dry milk
1 egg
1 six ounce can tomato paste
4 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon oil

Set aside cooked rice and combine all the other ingredients. Then mix combined ingredients into the cooked rice. Drop by tablespoonful on greased cookie sheets. Shape with wet fingers into bars, rounds, or other shapes making sure they are all 1/2 inch thick. Bake in 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Make sure not to over-brown. Leave in oven to cool.