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  1.  a20 Amazing Dog and Puppy Facts

    Bringing a dog or puppy into your family is a huge decision, and here are some things about man’s best four-legged friend that are sure to be of interest to children (and some adults

    1. An adult dog has 42 teeth.
    2. A dog’s sense of smell is more than 1 million times stronger than that of a person.
    3. More than 1 in 3 families in the United States owns a dog.
    4. Spaying or neutering your dog can help prevent certain types of cancer.
    5. If never spayed or neutered, a pair of dogs can produce 66,000 puppies in 6 years.
    6. A dog’s sense of hearing is more than 10 times more accurate than that of a person.
    7. The average dog can run about 19 miles per hour at full speed.
    8. Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
    9. A dog’s nose print is one of a kind, very similar to a person’s fingerprint.
    10. The average body temperature for a dog is 101.2.
    11. With an average lifespan of just over 11 years, the typical dog costs $13,500.
    12. The only sweat glands a dog has are between its toes.
    13. Dogs are omnivorous; they need to eat more than just meat.
    14. Dogs have twice as many ear muscles as people.
    15. Dogs will be submissive to anyone they feel is higher up in the pack.
    16. People have been keeping dogs for pets for 12,000 years.
    17. A female dog carries her puppies for about 60 days before they are born.
    18. It is a myth dogs are color blind; they actually see color, just not as vividly as a person.
    19. Obesity is the number-one health problem in dogs.
    20. Seventy percent of people sign their pets name on greeting/holiday cards.


  2. sleepy fabulous dog beds

    6 Doggy Sleeping Positions That Will Tell You A Lot About Your Beloved Pup

    1. The Side Sleeper
    LittleThings/Maya Borenstein
    If your pooch tends to sleep on the side, it means that they’re incredibly comfortable with their surroundings, are secure with themselves, and are in no way high-maintenance.
    And though your dog may be guarded and alert when awake, she feels blessed to be in your home and company, and has an enormous sense of trust in you.
    Dogs who sleep in this position tend to be happy-go-lucky and fiercely loyal.




    2. The Snuggly Fox
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    The curled-up position is probably the most common. Their paws will be comfortably tucked away under their bodies, and the tails will wrap all the way round til it touches the face.
    By curling up, your dog is naturally conserving her body heat and protecting her limbs, face, throat, and all vital organs, according to BowWow Times.
    Dogs who sleep in this position are gentle, easy-going, and have a naturally sweet disposition.





    3. The 'Superman' Pup
    LittleThings/Maya Borenstein
    Many dogs sleep on their stomachs, but the “super” pups are probably the most adorable of them all. With all of their four limbs stretched out and heads level on the ground, they look like they’re flying through the air.
    This position makes it easy for pups to spring up and get moving, as soon as you call them, or as soon as they’ve woken up, according to Dog’s Best Life.
    Pups who sleep in this position are super high-energy and very easily motivated.



    4. The Crazy Legs
    LittleThings/Maya Borenstein
    Even though this position looks slightly odd, it’s nothing to be concerned about — this just means that they’re very confident and secure with themselves, and with their home environment.
    This makes sense especially since sleeping on the back translates into being the most vulnerable position for a dog. You’ll most likely never see wolves sleeping on their backs in the wild, as this sends a message of vulnerability and submission, according to NextGen Dog.
    Dogs who assume this sleeping position usually tend to be very laid-back and have an independent streak.



    5. The Tummy Curl
    LittleThings/Maya Borenstein
    Dogs that sleep in this position may not be as relaxed, since the muscles are still too tense to enable them to drift into the REM stage of sleep, according to Dog’s Best Life.
    Don’t worry, though — this doesn’t mean that your pup isn’t relaxed in real life. In fact, they may even be the more energetic, adventurous ones in the pack, ready for action and fun at all times!
    Pooches who curl up on their tummies while they sleep tend to be very gentle, but slightly timid and shy.


    6. The Passed Out
    LittleThings/Maya Borenstein
    Many dogs who sleep indoors opt for this “passed out” position. A dog will lie on its back in order to help themselves cool down as quickly and efficiently as possible.
    Most of the time, dogs who have expended lots of energy during the day, or who are overheated, will sleep flat on their backs.
    In addition, really happy, secure, and relaxed dogs will tilt their legs in the air during their sleep.
    Dogs who sleep in this position are highly confident in themselves, and they also tend to be very adaptable to different and new situations.



  3. ant 

     1.  Hello and welcome to our NEW BLOG Page.

    This is our first Blog so we will probably make a few mistakes along the way ....but keep the faith !.

    We have been commissioned to make a Tsar dog bed and the client wants it to faithfully represent the famous Moscow Cathedral.

    So this is going to be an on-going blog charting the design process from the very start of the project through to the finished dog bed.

    The first thing we do is draw up picture of the Cathedral to give us an idea of colour and feel  ,then start to work out our colour pallet for the upholstery fabrics.

    Now we have an idea of what the Cathedral  looks like and the true colours used , we can now start thinking of what colour fabrics and what textures of fabric to use.

    We also we have to keep in mind that this is a dog bed so it has to be practical as well as beautiful...



     2.  We now have a general  idea of what colours to use on this new project.

    Blue and Green would seem to be the strongest as well as Gold and Sienna , we now have to think about how we are going to work these colours in to our Tsar dog bed design .

    We also need to establish what texture of fabric to use  as well.We would normally go through our entire range of velvets satins silks ect  but in this instance our client has specifically asked for a rich velvet.I should also mention at this point that the client is a resident of Moscow hence the specific design criteria.



    Above you can see a photograph of the Cathedral with its fabulous onion domes ,golden finials and  vibrant colours.It was built between 1552 and 1562 The actual design of the building is ment to represent a flame of a bonfire  rising into the sky.The cathedral is now a museum in Red square.

    History lesson over !!

    So our next blog we are going to discuss what colours we have chosen and work out how we are going to use them in our design.


     3.  Colours and fabrics are the next thing we need to address.



    Above are exact examples of each of the Onion Domes and as you can see the most prominet colours are Green & Gold

    This will be our colour palette

    We now need to think about the actual dog bed our client has chosen..

    The Tsar

    If we break down the actual components of this Dog Bed we end up with...

    The Onion Dome shaped back

    2 rolled bosters

    2 bolster supports


    Front & side borders

    Outside back


    We now need to decide on the fabric.

    In this case the client has already specified Velvet ,so the next step is to select the Green and Gold velvets from our extensive range.


    4. velvet selection

     Above you can see the Designers Guild velvet palette we are going to choose from.

    We are going to choose just one one Gold and one Green  velvet from the palette and then we are going to work them in to our design.

    We also have to think about piping and are we going to use it as a contrast to emphasize  the shape of the back -bolsters -cushion ect.

    Also we have to consider the legs and are we going to gild them or put a painted finish through them.

    In our next blog we are going to make templates of the bolsters -inside back-and borders and work out a design pattern.