He came to me very grubby, with holes in his paws and only one ear.
I could see there was a beautiful dog inside waiting to be discovered.
This is Trix having his first dry bath
He also has what I would call a 'hang dog expression' due to lack of stuffing in his neck.
I cleaned him up, brushed and combed him and got his coat to a reasonable condition. It would never look as good as new, because originally I think he was mainly white. The oats work well, but not that well!
His paws were given a few stitches which tidied them up nicely and I restitched his little stubby tail as it was coming off.
I then set about sorting his ears out. As you can see he only had one, so I had to make another somehow.
There was no way I could find matching material, so the only way was to use his one ear to make two.
Luckily it was double sided and not lined with a different material. I split the ear and made new inner ears out of ultrasuede.
I was pleased with the result when I restitched them to his head.
He then had a bit of new stuffing to lift his head and I discovered a squeaker that needed mending. I got it to work fine until I put it back. Once inside him it needed a sharp tap to make it work. His stuffing isn't as firm as before, so the squeaker moves a bit if it is just pushed gently.
He needed a ribbon or collar and I remembered a little red one that I had in my ribbon box. I had got it from a craft fair a few weeks earlier thinking that it would be ideal for a toy dog someday.
That day had come and Trix now wears his 'bling' collar with pride. Isn't he a handsome boy?
|It can't be seen on these photos, but his |
collar has faux diamonds on it