Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our First Completed Snuggle!!!

Woo Hoo! We just finished our very first Oddball Pet Snuggle.

Presenting.....(drum roll)....."Paws and Claws"!

Paws and Claws Complete 2

Sunday, November 2, 2008

"Paws and Claws" is growing!

Our first Oddball Pet Snuggle, "Paws and Claws" is getting longer now! Three knitters have worked on it so far, and it looks colorful and cuddly! (It reminds me of striped taffy. Yum!)
Paws and Claws after misha rf

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another Pet Story

One of our knitters, kellyh57, has shared the story about her family dog, Bailey:


"When my husband and I got married, we lived in an apartment with outrageous pet rates. I really wanted a dog since I'd always had one growing up, but I had to go without! A year later we bought our first house. The first thing we did was start looking for a dog!

We went to the big animal shelter the next weekend. I went over to see "Baby." She was the cutest little thing! She was about 11 months old and a cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix). She was really timid and hid at the back of her cage. We got her out and took her into another room to play with her. She was really fun and I was in LOVE!

Typically, if pets are brought in for any reason, they are euthenized after the 5 day waiting period. If we had not picked her out, she would've been gone on Monday! It just breaks my heart to think that she'd have been a goner if it weren't for us!"

Updates on Our Blankets

Bad Sandy! I haven't posted in a long while. Hopefully, this will make up for it.

Our latest snuggle is named "Forever Friend", and has been cast on and sent to the next knitter.
Forever Friend

"Puppy Love" is growing quickly, already worked on by 3 knitters:
Puppy Love after gmmarton

"Kitty Cuddles" has two sections completed, and has already been visited by one kitty!
Kitty Cuddles after Spikey with Mikey

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Catnip Toys for Some of Our Pets!

I decided to make some catnip toys to send for the pets that belong to the next knitters for our pet snuggles. I'd never made catnip toys before, and didn't know WHERE to buy catnip. But, I figured it out, and was pleased with the way they all turned out:
Catnip Toys - Ready to Go

I might make some more of them to send along with our blankets when they are completed. I imagine that they will be appreciated by the cats at the animal shelter.

Here are some photos of the cats who received the ones I've made so far!
Mulder with Catnip Toy
That's Mulder, who always "drowns" mousy toys in the water bowl. Ha!

And here are some of jdee's cats enjoying their play with the toys:
jdee's cats with catnip toys

Spikey's cats all liked the toys as well. Here's her story:
"Our boys went nuts over the toys! Luke claimed the blue and white square one, immediately pouncing on it and rolling around like a wild man. My husband and I were laughing too hard to get a picture. He NEVER plays with toys, being an ex-feral kitty. But he absolutely loves this!Spike claimed the orange mouse, batting it and chasing it down the wood floor in our long bedroom hallway like a pro hockey player. Even poor, old, sick Mikey got in on the act, claiming the green and purple mouse for his very own, rubbing his face on it and carrying it around like wild prey he had caught. It brought a tear to my eye. Thanks. He is falling asleep on his pillow right now with it in the crook of his front leg."

It's so nice to see my little knitted gifts were appreciated! :D

More Pet Stories!

Here are some more stories about the pets that belong to all the knitters participating in our knit-along.

KnittinMitchie has 3 dogs in her life. Two of her dogs live with her mother, but she visits them often. They are Chocolate Labs, named Cooper and Cocoa. KnittinMitchie says, "The labs are SPOILED to the core......Mom got Cocoa after I moved out and got Cooper last Thanksgiving after my brother graduated HS. So they're our replacements."
KnittinMitchie's Cooper and Cocoa

Her other dog is a Terrier Mix - 7 years old. "3 year old Michelle loves to play with him."
KnittinMitchie's Michelle and Pudgy

Another of our knitters, "misha rf" shares her pet story: "We recently got a dog, Maggie. We also have 8 cats (my husband is the crazy cat lady, not me--only 3 of them are mine). We really don't need any more cat toys. Most of the time, we end up taking them away from the dog! I suppose we should be happy that *someone* will play with them..."

And our last pet story comes from "sgtpam", who shares about her dog: "I named her Shebah (as in queen of…). I got her (or she got me) as soon as she was ready to leave her birth mom, December of 1999. Her mom is a full shitzu. The papa is an adorable full miniature silky terrier. When they brought them to work to put them up for adoption, I just fell in love with the runt of the litter. I had just bought my house and was ready to move in…so, she and I moved into my new house together.

She does not, however, love my new knitting obsession! My lap and attention have belonged to her for so long that she just doesn't think she should have to share it! As soon as I get settled in, that's when she decides it's time to play or cuddle. She's getting better about it long as she gets a treat first. She also insists on an appetizer before she'll eat dinner....yup, she's just a little spoiled. But, she's a great dog.

The first picture is one of the first I took of her as a puppy. The other is one is from when I spent Christmas in Tennessee a couple of years ago."
Shebah as Puppy

Shebah Older

Friday, September 26, 2008

Stories of Our Pets!

Several of the knitters in our Oddball Snuggle project own pets, so I've asked them for photos and stories to share on our blog.

jdee has more than 6 cats, and shared a bit about some of them:
I have 6 indoor cats, plus lots of strays that we've managed to catch and have spayed/neutered. Some have become friendly, some probably never will, but I love them all. Abby (calico) and Annie (tortie), were from a litter of farm kittens, that my aunt bottle fed after they lost thier mother. When they became old enough, she gave these two to us. Merlin (himalayan) and Morty (orange tabby) were adopted from the shelter in Sulpher Springs, TX, where we took our strays to be fixed and vetted. Mabel (long haired tortie) used to belong to my niece and her family until they hit some financial struggles, and had to move in with her mother in law (her MIL doesn't allow pets in her house). And Max (Tabby kitten) was a stray, found in the parking lot of the bank, by a co-worker of my husband's.
Abby Annie Merlin with jdee Morty Mabel Max

jjminarcik has a dog (Cisco) and a cat (Griffin):
Cisco came as a package deal with my husband. He is a 2 time cancer survivor. He had a tumor on his elbow that has been removed twice. The cancer hasn't spread, but we still keep an eye on him. Griffin is an orange tabby cat adopted from a shelter - he is 4 1/2 and named Griffin after the tv show Family Guy. They eat anything. But Griffin seems to be especially fond of inanimate objects. After we had Griffin for 2 months, he ate a doorstopper and had to be cut open from stem to stern to have it removed. He's weird!

I went through a serious bout with depression a few years ago. The animals stayed with me and cuddled and laid at my feet for months. After that, I got their pawprints tattooed on my back.
Cisco and Griffin

kellee0302 has 3 dogs, Otis, Storm, and Bo:
Otis is 9 years old. He is a testy and fat pug. His manners aren't the best around company so he must be kept away from company.

Storm is 5 years old. He is a beautiful black and silver Siberian Husky with steel blue eyes. He is an outside dog since that is where he prefers to be and loves the snow.

Bo is 3 years old. He came with my husband. He was an inside dog that is thrilled to be able to be outside more since he has come to live with me. I have land to run on. Although he stills enjoys being inside with the family.

They will eat anything put in front of them. I have participated in many volunteer times at our local humane society.

lizardknits is owned by a grey gal in Charlotte, Hannah.

Mulderknitter has two cats, Mulder and Itchy:
Mulder is 12 yrs old - Mulder is diabetic, so can't have any treats really. But they both LOVE catnip and catnip toys! Mulder is the resident cat, and could care less about Itchy, and outweighs him by 6 or more pounds. Watching them fight is like watching a sumo wrestler swat a fly.

Itchy is 3 yrs old - just plays with treats - loves catnip and catnip toys - Itchy was found in our lilac bush at 3 weeks old and adopted by us. He is still quite a wild thing, chases dirt and dust at top speed, and only likes to cuddle on his terms. He is the only cat I know that likes to snuggle under the covers with me.
Mulder Itchy - 3 weeks Itchy - now

Secksiebrat and 1 cat (Ming), and 3 dogs(Sampson, Sassie, and Buster):
Ming is 4 this month. She is part Siamese and mouthy. Ha!
Sampson, 6 who is a Great Pyrenees, Sassie, 5 who is a black lab/shepard mix and Buster, who will be 2 and he is a treeing Feist (same family as a jack russel).

Spikey has 3 cats, Mikey, Spikey, and Luke:
Mikey (buff & white) will be 18 next week. I've had him since he was three months old! He is a love. Not a lap cat but will come up and tap your leg when he wants attention. He is not well right now, but we are managing as best we can.

Spikey (black & white) will be 9 in November. He is our lap cat, sleeps with us, and can't get enough of us. For an unknown reason, he went into acute renal failure when he was 4 or 5 years old. We are very fortunate that the acute episode resolved, but his kidneys still do not function properly and we treasure every day that we have with him.

Luke (gray & white) is our newest baby. He was a feral cat that we started feeding around our house for about 6 months, and we finally caught him in June. The vet thinks he is about a year and a half old. We live in a very wooded area and he has some scratches on his ears and nose, from fighting with other animals, so we are especially glad to have him safe and sound as an indoor cat now. He has transitioned amazingly well, loves to be petted and brushed, and has even taken to becoming Mikey's protector, trying to chase me away when Mikey needs his medicine.
Spikey Luke and Mikey

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Our 3rd Oddball Snuggle - Kitty Cuddles

This morning, I completed the first section of our third snuggle.

Snuggle #3

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Snuggle #2 - "Puppy Love"

Last night, I finished knitting the first section of our second snuggle, called "Puppy Love".
Snuggle #2

Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Knitters and More Blankets!

Woo Hoo! Our Pet Snuggle Project is coming alive!

Now, we have 3 blankets in progress, with 14 knitters involved in their creation.

Paws & Claws
Knitters: Shandeh, Mulderknitter, misha rf, kellyh57, Spikey, and jjminarcik

Puppy Love
Knitters: Shandeh, jdee, gmmarton, mamapaulsel, sgtpam, KnittinMitchie

Kitty Cuddles
Knitters: Shandeh, Spikey, kellee0302, Mulderknitter, Secksiebrat, lizardknits

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Oddball Pet Snuggles!

Yippee! We are starting a new project in the Knitting Help Forum, making Oddball Pet Snuggles for homeless pets in animal shelters. Neat!

There will be 6 knitters on each blanket, and each person will knit for 4 inches. We will be using two strands of worsted weight cotton, and size 10 or 10 1/2 knitting needles. The blanket will stay on the same knitting needles throughout its creation, so that each knitter can just add their own yarn and start knitting.

When the blanket is complete, it will be washed, and given to an animal shelter somewhere in the United States.

Here's the beginning of our first Oddball Snuggle, called "Paws and Claws"

Oddball Pet Snuggle #1