DIY Personalized Dog Pillow #ThrowBarkDogChow

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A family unit never quite seems complete until there is a four legged family member wagging their tail nearby. I always tell Toby, our family dog, just how lucky he is that he ended up with us for a forever family. Toby came to us 2 years ago almost to the day,  after being left on my best friends porch at only 6 weeks old. And just like the rest of the members of this family, we have to celebrate his birthday too.

Last year I personalized Toby’s food dish and leash. This year, I thought I would give him a special, one-of-a-kind pillow for his bed. You see, Toby loves my girls just as much as they love him. We can’t go anywhere without him trying to herd them or keep them in his line of sight at all times. Now he can be with them at all times, even while he naps when the girls are at school.

This is the easiest gift to make, especially when you can find everything you need at Target. First I had to stock up on dog food and since he’s a little guy, we like to get him Purina Dog Chow Small Dog. Purina Dog Chow has 90 years of proven nutrition in high quality food that is made by fellow dog lovers.

As you can see, these little girls are definitely dog lovers too and if this photo isn’t proof, I don’t know what is. These girls love their little brother Toby. I love that Toby thinks of us as his familia. My girls are making memories every day as they play with Toby and go on walks and take long drives together. He is going to be part of their childhood memories forever. I remember my grandma was never a fan of dogs, and my parents are not fans of pets either, but this next generation of Latino families love their dogs and have included them as part of the familia. So much so, that we celebrate their birthdays as special occasions. I know my parents don’t understand how much we love our pets.

To make a personalized pillow for your pet, here is what you’ll need:

  • A pillow
  • Pillowcase
  • Iron on transfer paper
  1. Take a photo that shows how much you love your pet.
  2. Print on the photo transfer paper.
  3. Iron the pillowcase to smooth out the wrinkles.
  4. Iron the transfer onto the pillowcase. (Follow directions on the package)
  5. Remove the backing from the transfer and stuff the pillow.

That’s all you need to do to create a personalized pillow for your pet. Next, place the pillow into a basket that your pet will fit in and fill it with a few new squeaky, chewable toys.

Check out Toby’s new bed! Filled with new toys that him and the girls can play with together. When I look at this picture, all I see are hours of fetch and giggles followed by comfy napping and puppy dreams. Of course, once my girls saw Toby’s new pillow they wanted one for themselves too.  He knew this spot was just for him and jumped right in. This little guy is special to us and we are special to him. This little guy is familia.

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