Saturday, February 26, 2011

Doggy Delights

How many of you out there in Bloggerland are pet lovers like me?

I love animals, which would come as no surprise to my family.  I have forever been in love with horses...but I don't have much by the way of horse-knitting to do (because 1) I don't own a horse and 2) I'm not really sure what's out to knit for  

I've never minded cats.  My dad had them as I was growing up, the biggest problem for me is my allergies. We've had a few cats in our house over time, but at the moment, we have none. I did find that over time I seemed to build an immunity to whatever it is about cats that triggers allergies.  I still didn't let them near my face, but with frequent brushing and bi-monthly baths we all got along great. :) 

I really enjoy dogs.  They're much easier to own than a horse, you know.  We have 2 dogs.  Eve (Evie), my chocolate, 5-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, and Jax, our black, 1 1/2-year-old black lab mix (we're not sure what the "mix" part is).  Jax is a doofus but we love him anyway. 

Evie is my baby girl.  She was my Christmas present (from myself and from my mom) the year after J & I got married.  She was so teeny tiny!!  It's amazing how much she has calmed down in that short time.  

Anyway - Evie gets groomed every month.  In the summer & fall I keep her trimmed short (a puppy cut) because it's so warm, and also because I'm not very good at keeping her brushed with long hair.  But in the winter, I choose to keep her hair a little longer for a little extra warmth.  Evie's never gotten too big.  On a good day she weighs in at 8 pounds, but usually she sits at 7 1/2.  

The recent warm weather must have really gone to my head, though, in convincing myself it was so close to spring because I told Mom to get Evie her usual "puppy cut."  She looks so good after a sort-of mangy few months with long hair.  I love her cut short!  BUT....the warm weather didn't really stick around and Evie's lost that extra layer of warmth.   So it's decided.  I must knit her a sweater. (I know some of you are groaning out there, but believe me - she truly benefits from such things!)  All her commercial sweaters have been chewed to bits by the lovable, yet sometimes mischievous Jax. :) 

Stay tuned for what's new in Doggy Wear. :) 


  1. Ahhhh....She's adorable! I'm not groaning...little dogs really benefit from wearing sweaters. I knit for my Sofee. She's so tiny, the store-bought sweaters are always too big. She usually gets a new Sweater each year for Christmas. I guess I failed to do that this past that I think of it!

  2. Evie is SO CUTE!! I think it's great that you're knitting her a sweater :)

  3. Aww, Evie is cute! She really needs a sweater. I am definitely not groaning, I've knit a dog sweater before. Pets are a big part of our family and enjoy handknits too.

    I used to be a cowgirl! I broke a few horses and used to compete in the barrels and rodeo queen competitions. BTW, I did see a crochet fly mask for horses on Ravelry. So there you go! JK.

    I love my doggies too.

  4. I think when I saw that Evie's sweater was a WIP, it was for a toddler girl...LOL. What a cute wo-wo. I think knitted doggie sweaters are so cool.

  5. @Kathy...
    I bet Sofee looks adorable in her handknit sweaters! :)

  6. @Armida
    Thank you! :) She's not so thrilled with having to try it on all the time, but she'll appreciate the extra warmth when it's done!

  7. @prettystitches
    That's so cool that you were a cowgirl! :) I would have loved doing that as a kid. When we moved when I was in 8th grade, my parents almost bought a farm. If they had, they had agreed they would get me a horse. But, alas, we moved into town and so it never happened. :)

  8. @Kepanie
    lol, that's funny! :) Now that the hat is done, I can whip out Evie's sweater in no time. :)