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D.I.Y. Craft: Make Your Dog a Scarf!
By Natalie Gagnon
From Modern Dog Magazine
Visit your local yarn store and find a bulky weight (weight category 5) yarn that catches your eye. For a warmer cowl, choose a yarn with a high wool content. Also have in mind how long you’d like your cowl to be and how many times you’ll want to wrap it around your dog’s neck.
- 1 or 2 balls of bulky weight yarn in a colour of your choice (buy one ball for a shorter cowl, two balls for a longer one)
- Crochet hook at the recommended size on the label of your chosen yarn. For bulky yarns use a K–10.5 to M–13 (metric equivalent: 6.5 to 9mm).
- With your chosen yarn, complete as many chain stitches as needed to reach the desired length of your cowl.
- Ensuring that your chain is not twisted, slip stitch through the first chain to form your cowl into a ring. Do not turn.
- Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch in top of first single crochet. Do not turn.
- Repeat step 3 until your cowl is the desired width.
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
* Cool Idea: To spruce up your cowl, add a border on either side in a different colour, weave some ribbon through the stitches to embellish, or for the more advanced crocheter, add a decorative border in a fancier stitch—we like reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch) as shown.
For more cute crochet ideas, check out more patterns by Natalie on NattypatCrochet.com.
This article was written by Natalie Gagnon from Modern Dog and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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Do You Have the Same Personality as Your Dog?
We've all heard the old cliché that people look like their dogs. Turns out we act like them too! A new study shows that people and their dogs tend to socialize, eat, and learn new skills in very similar ways.
According to the Natural Balance Canine Personality Study, a survey of over 1000 American dog parents conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights, we love dogs who are, more often than not, just like us.
Study Findings Show That:
1. People Choose Dogs Who Act Just Like Them
- 66% of extroverted people have extroverted dogs—and there's a 65% chance that an introverted dog will have an introverted human parent.
- If you're a choosy eater, your dog is 3 times more likely to be one as well.
- If you identify as a lifelong learner, there's a 72% chance your dog will be good at learning new tricks.
2. Dogs Display Complex Emotions Just Like We Do
- Dogs' personalities are highly nuanced and they experience many emotions that are all too familiar to us humans.
- If you're hurt or late coming home, 90% of dog parents believe your dog is worried about you.
- 79% of respondents said dogs can feel embarrassment, while 93% are certain they've seen their dog smile.
3. Dogs Strongly Influence the Emotions of their Human Parents
- According to 79% of dog parents surveyed, their dogs consciously and actively attempt to comfort them.
- 55% reported that their dog looks at them with loving eyes that communicate deep emotion.
- 52% said their dog is able to accurately sense when they are sad.
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