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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Paper Pups to Copy Cut and Fold

husky dog cut out

 

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment is part craft and remembrance—two of my favorite combinations.

I recently ran across Hiroshi Hayakawa’s book, “Paper Pups – 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold” and couldn’t wait to see what I could do with the enclosed templates, particularly the Siberian Husky. The book contains a wide variety of breeds, including a few accessories like a dog house and dog sweater. This paper crafting book combines origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting) to create three-dimensional dogs

You’ll need only to score, fold, and cut the print outs you make of the templates in the book. You are free to color and personalize the dogs as you see fit. You can try it out with some free projects available online at Lark Crafts. You can create a Chow Chow, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Schnauzer, Puli, Saint Bernard, long-hair Yorkshire Terrier, Dalmatian puppy, or the Basset Hound hat and pipe accessory set.

The book is beautifully laid out, and thanks to the text and illustrations, one shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed to start the craft. There are beginner templates to start with, but the Siberian Husky is an intermediate template. I struggled with a few folding lines, but I eventually got it.

These paper crafts are not only great crafts to engage children in (with adult supervision), but they make a wonderful project to help one memorialize a pet. I certainly enjoyed making this little pooch. The time it takes to make one certainly provided me with the quiet concentration necessary to sit and reminisce about Tristan, our beloved Siberian Husky. The 21st of July was the three year anniversary of his death.

This pencil colored miniature version does not do justice to the real deal, but he certainly makes me smile as wonderful memories are brought to the forefront of my mind. That is time well spent, I’d say.

Happy Tuesday!

husky dog in wheelchair

 

coloring husky dog origami template

tools for origami

 

husky origami

 

paper pups book

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Kitten Play Time

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment gets you right in the middle of kitten play time in Cat World at Best Friends Animal Society. You’ve got no excuse to virtually love these kittens, even those with allergies can safely participate. How can you resist watching kittens tumble over one another and chase their favorite toys? Yeah, I can’t think of a better way to put a smile on my face in under two minutes, either.

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Rescued Beagles Have Their First Day In the Sun

If the summer heat and stress of life has you down, this video featuring seven beagle dogs being able to enjoy grass and sunshine for the first time in their lives is sure to bring a breeze of joy to your face. These beautiful four year old dogs have lived their entire lives in laboratory cages, being used as test subjects. The Beagle Freedom Project secured the freedom of the dogs, and the television crew from ABC affiliate WJLA tagged along to record this momentous occasion.

Good luck, sweet pups, may your futures never give rise to remembrances of your past. Kudos to the Beagle Freedom Project and all of the foster families who have stepped up to take in these dogs.

Made our Tuesday ten times brighter just knowing these pups are able to have their day in the sun.

Happy Tuesday!

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Firefighters Save Lives

This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday installment highlights the bravery of firefighters who help those who are in need of a hero, especially our animal friends who may find themselves unable to escape their burning surroundings. Find out if your local fire station is outfitted with pet oxygen masks, if not, this would be a wonderful fundraising effort for a school, rescue, or community group. Your fire department can request one kit donation from Invisible Fence through their Project Breathe Pet Oxygen Mask Donation Program.

Our thoughts are with the families of the nineteen firefighters who died fighting a wildfire in Arizona on Sunday.

As we near July 4th, please be careful with your celebrations, including cookouts, fireworks, and parties. Remember that your pets don’t understand what all the fuss is about and the loud noises and unfamiliar people coming in and out may be too much to handle. Keep your pets safe and give them a stress-free environment.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Happy Tuesday!