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I'm an artist, environmentalist, animal lover, gardener, recycling nut, a high school teacher, crafter, Mom, Christian and widow who reads a lot in between figuring out how to do things.

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  • It is interesting that I was searching for quilt as you go and I found you as the author again. I am also a widow of 4.5 years (30 years we were married) and a teacher (art). I hope your journey through the grief and loss of your husband is lessening.

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  • I'm glad to re-read this instructable. I still have Ivan although as a Great Dane he is technically even at 9 going on 10 a VERY senior dog indeed. (Great Dane's have a life expectancy of about 7-10 years.) The enclosed squeaker toy that I made lasted more than any toy I have bought, ever. I have currently a rescued (from the neighborhood) boxer, and another rescued from the shelter blue heeler, pit, and other mix and my big boy Ivan who is now a toned 160 boy as this helps his heart, joints and overall longevity. I applaud you to hear you are rescuing pits. They are the most often dog in animal shelters, at least in urban environments, and the least often adopted. Hannah (blue heeler pit mix) is a sweetheart even though she has two aggressive/protective breeds and she was a rescue at 3?…

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    I'm glad to re-read this instructable. I still have Ivan although as a Great Dane he is technically even at 9 going on 10 a VERY senior dog indeed. (Great Dane's have a life expectancy of about 7-10 years.) The enclosed squeaker toy that I made lasted more than any toy I have bought, ever. I have currently a rescued (from the neighborhood) boxer, and another rescued from the shelter blue heeler, pit, and other mix and my big boy Ivan who is now a toned 160 boy as this helps his heart, joints and overall longevity. I applaud you to hear you are rescuing pits. They are the most often dog in animal shelters, at least in urban environments, and the least often adopted. Hannah (blue heeler pit mix) is a sweetheart even though she has two aggressive/protective breeds and she was a rescue at 3? years. And since she is a black dog who was frightened by the shelter and had been there for over 3 months, she hung back and was almost missed.After a week, this very shy dog with some aggressive tendencies did a 180 change.

    Thanks for this comment- yes tennis balls can be dangerous, and in fact any toy that you don't supervise properly can be dangerous. My great dane has a humongous mouth and so I cannot buy rawhides (and ethically and medically it isn't advisable either) because at a certain point they end up lodged at the back of his throat and I have to reach in and grab this slimy messy gooey piece and pull it out meanwhile since all dogs seem to love this chewable, he is resisting even though it is choking him.

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  • I like the scrap-i-ness of your quilt!

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  • I love your ideas!! Have you considered changing your instructable to say natural flea repellant for dogs? I only ask this because of my journey with fleas in a multiple pet household in a really flea/tick dominant part of the country (Houston) where we don't have much winter usually. I've not had a problem with fleas before this year for about 5 years. I like to use natural elements as much as possible. However this year there was no winter cold and suddenly even though doggies and kitties are mostly indoors, I had fleas BIG TIME. When I noticed, I did the natural route for several weeks (your solution and a few others) and learned quickly that cats are VERY different as far as dogs and are more sensitive to essential oils. However when most of my furry friends started pulling out their…

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    I love your ideas!! Have you considered changing your instructable to say natural flea repellant for dogs? I only ask this because of my journey with fleas in a multiple pet household in a really flea/tick dominant part of the country (Houston) where we don't have much winter usually. I've not had a problem with fleas before this year for about 5 years. I like to use natural elements as much as possible. However this year there was no winter cold and suddenly even though doggies and kitties are mostly indoors, I had fleas BIG TIME. When I noticed, I did the natural route for several weeks (your solution and a few others) and learned quickly that cats are VERY different as far as dogs and are more sensitive to essential oils. However when most of my furry friends started pulling out their hair (dogs and cats) and the cats were sitting on the highest perch possible even though it meant they would fall off of their perch over and over again, I did the responsible thing and went to my vet and got the best topical/oral flea medication I could get- in my case both as I have a Great Dane who the topical doesn't fit so well and a semi-feral cat whose only option is topical on the sneak. I think your flea collar idea is a flea repellant? for my area. It will work for most populations but the mostly tropical areas like Houston. I wish there were a natural flea collar for these areas. (And by the way growing mint is one of the easiest gardening things ever, it will usually take over!! You could grow your mint !)

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