Salt Dough Paw Print Ornaments

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I’ve been having fun with salt dough, especially since I found a simple and reasonable recipe for it! We’ve made handprint snowmen, and we had some fun with the neighbor kids a few days ago, that may or may not end up as a blog. So I decided to go another step with it.

Our dogs are part of our family. They drive us crazy, and sometimes make traveling a little complicated, but they are our fur babies! Juliet is our oldest dog. She was eight years old when we adopted her from the rescue. A lab/rot mix, she is very sweet and was very well trained! It was hard to believe she was abandoned. We’ve had Juliet for six years now, making her a very old fourteen year old dog. She has some health issues, and I worry every time Christmas rolls around, that it may be her last. I wanted to take time to make a cute ornament this year with her pawprint.

Taking some of the salt dough:
•1 cup flour
•1 cup salt
•1/2 cup water
Mixed to a playdough consistency
Roll it flat on a piece of aluminum foil. This recipe is a little sticky, which can make it difficult to avoid clinging fur. The best way to avoid this is to sprinkle a layer of flour over the top of your dough.

Be gentle with your fur babies, many of them do not like their paws played with! After you get a good impression, you may have to press firmly, poke a hole in the top for hanging purposes and let it dry completely. This take time, up to a week to set completely.

After it has dried, use a sharpie, or other permanent marker, to write the dog’s name and the year on the ornament. Then you string a pretty ribbon through the hole and you are all set! A cute ornament to go on the tree and show everyone how much you love your dog.

Happy crafting all!

Flea Removal

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Everybody meet Beast Boy. The newest addition to our family. He’s an adorable little boy, a beautiful sandstone colored cat. We’ve been debating for a few weeks now if we were ready for another kitten. We had to put a kitten down a few months ago due to internal problems that were too intense to fix. I was going to discuss with Tony, the possibility of getting one from the next street over. They had a sign for free kittens, which is usually how we get them.

He instead brought home this little monster with him. We apparently had the same idea. He just skipped the discussion.

The little guy needed a bath, I get so annoyed with people who let kittens get so dirty and gross! I gave him the standard cat bath and while drying him, I found fleas all over him. Ugh!

We’ve lived here for eight years and never had fleas, we were not going to ruin the record now! I pulled up one of the pictures on my life hacks board, sadly no link to credit, and read that you combine:

•1 cup Dawn dish soap
•1 cup white vinegar
•4 cups warm water

It makes kind of a soupy mess, which I forgot to take a picture of. Then you scrub it into the fur and rub it in for about five minutes. The kitten did not deal well with this as his second bath in 15 minutes.

For cats I would recommend cutting it down to
•1/4 cup Dawn
•1/4 cup vinegar
•1 cup warm water
Although it was nice to have enough in the bowl to dip the kitten in.

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At first, after rinsing and starting to dry him, I thought this was a failure. So sad! However, in a little under an hour, the fleas began working their way away from his skin, eventually falling off dead.
We did pick up flea collars for all of our little zoo, but now that it’s almost 24 hours later, I can’t find a single flea.

I will call this a big success, and it’s much cheaper than over the counter flea treatments. When trying this, don’t be discouraged if the fleas don’t fall off instantly, it does take a little time to kick in. It will also leave your pet fluffy and soft.

Enjoy the tip for your furry friends, I hope it helps!