We are back down to two dogs and a cat! (Finally!)
While I loved spending some time with my parent’s pups, Maverick and Mojito… life has calmed down since they went home. We are back to sleeping in (on weekends, anyway), leaving dog food out, using the doggie door to get outside and everything is quiet.
However, while all four dogs were here, I did some arts and crafts! Years ago, when we just had Zoey, I painted her paws and added them to canvas to make a “father’s day” gift for Mike.
While we had the other three dogs, I decided to enlist Mike’s help at 10pm one night to paint some paws with me. We started with Zeus (because I knew he would behave and sit still). I picked some colors and painted the bottom of his paw while Mike helped to hold it up so he wouldn’t accidentally paint the house. Then I randomly moved the canvas underneath each press of the paw.
Zeus (big paws):
We followed the same procedure with Mojito (who I expected to act insane and run away, but to my surprise he was perfectly behaved!) and ended with this beauty.
Mojito (medium paws):
Lastly, we called Maverick over to make some art. (I was sure this would be torture for him, but again- model behavior!) Same steps, except Maverick has a lot more fur around his paws…
Maverick (small paws):
Of course, after the painting comes the cleaning! I just used a rag and some water to wipe off the excess paint until I was sure they were safe to move about the house. I let their paintings sit out overnight to dry and the next morning I woke up to these masterpieces!!
If you’re interested in the details, I’ll show you the paint we used and the spongy brushes that I painted their paws with to make sure all of the pads were evenly coated. It was a quick, easy and painless process. I really love the end result!
Tips? Do this on tile, like your kitchen or bathroom so if you lose control of their paw it’s not so damaging! Obviously, two people are better than one, but if your dog is well trained enough to listen, it is do-able. Again, I painted Zoey’s on my own in our apartment kitchen way back when. Work quickly, the dogs can behave but not for long!
Any other ideas for fun pet crafting? Share in the comments below!