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From: icemncmth
Date: 04-03-2007, 11:01 AM (1 of 9)
I am new to sewing. I work with a dog rescue and we make belly bands for the boy dogs. We do this because a lot of the dogs will mark when they get into new homes.

A belly band is a 5"+or- wide cloth band that wraps around the belly of a male dog and it has velcro to hold it in place. You place a ladies sanitary napkin on the inside of the band and it goes under the belly of the male do. If he marks the napkin is there to catch the mess..

This work very well and that is how I actually became interested in sewing. The lady that I help is in her 80's and
makes quilts for each little dog (we rescue Westies). Another ladie embroiders their name on the quilt.

There are several ladies including my wife that help. Most cut fabric or trim the loose threads. I wanted to do a little more so I started making the belly bands in my spare time.

I can post a pic of one if anyone would like to see what one looks like.
User: icemncmth
Member since: 03-28-2007
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From: lendube
Date: 04-03-2007, 03:35 PM (2 of 9)
I'd like to see please. An interesting concept. Don't you have problems with the dogs tearing them off (or trying to?)

I admire you so for volunteering your time for the animals. I'm a huge animal fan and I own 6 rescues out of the 7 animals I have.

A lot of my sewing is for a local dog groomer. I really don't know if this is something she might be interested in. She's more likely to know of people that would have a need since she works with other organizations.

thanks, :up: Lennie
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From: Reta J
Date: 04-03-2007, 03:42 PM (3 of 9)
wow, thanks for the idea. I have a male chihuahua (name is Mo) that is about 14 years old and 3 females, 1 chihuahua, 1 black lab, 1 ACD Blue Heeler. All rescued from various sources. The only time I have problems with the male "marking" his terratory, is when the lab or heeler comes in season. Poor Mo goes crazy, lol, I swear he hums the song "She's so high above me". Now I know what to make and put on him for when they are in season. Thanks so much for telling us about these bands.
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From: dmoses
Date: 04-03-2007, 04:08 PM (4 of 9)
That is interesting, and a great idea! I wouldn't mind seeing a picture.
Take care,
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From: icemncmth
Date: 04-04-2007, 10:46 AM (5 of 9)
this is what they look like. And I get funny looks a the store when I fill up a cart with the napkins!

The little guy wearing one was just rescued from a puppy mill!
User: icemncmth
Member since: 03-28-2007
Total posts: 9
From: Bama
Date: 04-04-2007, 11:02 AM (6 of 9)
What a great idea! :up: I applaud you for helping with rescued dogs. :bluesmile

I'm trying to get my daughter a project going for this summer to sew kennel pads for the humane society here.
User: Bama
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From: icemncmth
Date: 04-04-2007, 11:05 AM (7 of 9)
What is nice is I get scraps from people...and that really helps.
User: icemncmth
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From: lendube
Date: 04-04-2007, 11:34 AM (8 of 9)
Thanks for sharing those. :up:

I can't imagine what people are thinking when they see you at the store! :nc:

I remember how funny I thought it was when I found out that deep sea divers used tampons as filters for their equipment. That was years ago. Don't know if they still do that or not.

Keep up the good work.

User: lendube
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From: paroper
Date: 04-04-2007, 07:40 PM (9 of 9)
Napkins also make GREAT blindfolds. We use to use the old fashioned kind to blindfold our sorority pledges.

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