Monday, November 30, 2009

Pictures are in!

Some humans on Long Island, NY sent in the first set of pictures of shelter blankets being made. The pics really show how easy it is and they look like they had lots of fun!

Here the two fabrics are placed together. The pretty sides go on the outside.

Then, the fabric is lined up so all the edges are close together.

Next they cut out the corners (they used 4" Squares on a large blanket)

Next the strips are cut around all sides.

Then the they made the ties.

Viola! A completed blanket!

Wow! They made a whole pile!!!

Hope you have as much fun making yours as they did!! That's Lex, Lar, Drew and Matt. Their fingers don't even look tired :)

Don't forget to send in your pics of completed blankets! We can't wait to see them!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tis the season for giving!

Hi dawgs! An Occassional Dog Blogger here with some news your humans can use.

We'd like them to join us in a giving project for dawgs waiting for great new homes at shelters all over the dawg world. Dawgdom is sponsoring a shelter-blanket project that young and old can do quickly and easily.

This project is designed for people of all ages and is great to do as a family project. The blanket is made of fleece and requires no sewing skills. Make one, or many, and bring them in to Dawgdom at 441A Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.

If you don’t happen to live nearby, you can bring your blanket(s) in to a shelter in your town that accepts blankets (not all shelters have the facilities to wash them so call ahead and ask). Google “Animal Shelters” or “Humane Society” to find one near you.

Dawgdom would love to share your good work to inspire others, so take a picture
  • while making the blanket
  • of the finished masterpiece
  • and/or of you dropping if off at the shelter.
Then send your pics and story to us! Post on our Dawgdom Facebook page, email us at OR comment here on the blog and attach a link to your story.

Supplies Needed:

  • A pair of good scissors (If your scissors are dull, it will take a lot longer to complete!) OR rotary cutter and mat
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Two coordinating pieces of any fleece . . . Xsmall 17” x 17”; Small 21” x 21”; Medium 27” x 27”; Large 36” x 36”


  1. Cut off rough selvage edge on both sides. (This is the side that is machine finished, not cut.) Trim only as much as necessary, usually not more than 2 inches on each side. At this point, make sure that your cut sides are relatively straight.

  2. Lay your fleece wrong sides together, with edges matching up. (Often times with fleece, it's hard to tell which side is the wrong side and it often doesn't matter which side you use as the front or back.)

  3. Cut a 3”x”3 square out of each corner (through both layers of fleece) and discard

  4. Make 3" cuts into fleece at 1" intervals around all four sides. (no need to be exact, but if you’d like you can use a tape measure placed above the 3 inch cutting area.)

  5. Tie overhand knot close to blanket edge by using one strip from the front and one strip from the back to create finished fringe edge - then tie again. Tie every other set of strips around all 4 sides. Then flip the blanket over and tie the remaining sets of strips. Make sure you make two tight, overhand knots for your fringe.

Happy blanket making. We are thankful for a great community of followers who are always working to make a dawg's day!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Hey, this is Fred and I am the newest pack member in the DAWGDOM household. I joined the group a few months ago and thought, now that I am settled in that I should tell you about the great rescue group I came from. Amy Ranucci, a nice lady, runs Waggin' Tails Pet Rescue out of Schenectady. They have great foster homes from Albany to Saratoga and work really hard to make us safe and comfortable while we are trying to find our forever homes. I started out in a Penn. Shelter and ended up being fostered in Saratoga. My foster mom and sisters kept bringing me into DAWGDOM. Finally, Dave and Sara agreed to bring me home. Waggin' Tails is a great place to adopt a dog. There are adoption clinics at DAWGDOM and boy do those bring the crowds - Cute Loving Dogs, what more could you ask for? Check out Waggin' Tails Website for Available Dogs and more!