If you follow me on social media, then you probably know ho much I love my little fur-baby. Bitly is my best friend and constant companion. When it comes to treats and toys for “my baby” I like to make my own… that way I know exactly whats it them and what they’re made of. I love making Bitly her own toys and today I’ve got an easy, no-sew, scrap fabric DIY dog toy to share with ya’ll
Bitly is definitely in love with this quick and easy toy I whipped up for her. All you need to make one of your own is some strips of scrap fabric!
Take 8 to 12 strips of fabric, about 20 inches long. Lay them on top of each other.
Tie a knot about 2 inches from the end. Tie a second knot 2 inches from the first. Tie a 3rd knot 2 inches from the middle one.
Trim the ends 2 inches from the knot. Pull the fabrics apart and “fluff” the ends.
Isn’t this dog toy cute? And its so simple! The best part is you can tuck little treats in between the knots too! Bitly loves tossing her new dog toy around and trying to dig out her treats 🙂
Have you heard the story of how we ended up with this adorable ball of fur? I wrote about it here. The lady that gave us the 1.5 pound ball of fluff that swiftly stole our hearts, said she was a Rat Terrier. Some days I wonder if thats entirely accurate. I’ve thought about having a DNA text done on Bitly to see exactly what her ancestry is and to know if there are any genetic issues I need to be prepared for in the future.
I was so excited when I was asked to share about the upcoming Wisdom Panel 3.0 Events happening in Texas, I jumped at the chance!
Q: What is WISDOM PANEL® 3.0?
A: Wisdom Panel® 3.0 is the next evolution of the canine DNA test from industry leader,Mars Veterinary, which features the potentially life-saving Multi-Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1) genetic mutation screening.
Q: How does the DNA test work?
A: Testing your dog with Wisdom Panel® 3.0 begins when you use the cheek swabs to collect aDNA sample from inside your dog’s cheek, and then send the swabs into the laboratory. Once yoursample is received at the lab it is scanned into the Wisdom Panel database and assigned to a batch for testing. The swabs then undergo processing to extract the DNA from your dog’s cells which are then examined for the 321 markers used in the test. The results of these markers are sent to acomputer that evaluates them using a proprietary algorithm designed to consider all of the possible pedigree trees in the last three generations. These trees include a simple pedigree with a single breed (a likely pure-bred dog) all the way up toa complex tree with eight different great-grandparent breeds. The algorithm uses information fromthe extensive Wisdom Panel breed database (more than 10,000 samples!) to fill out these potential pedigrees. For each of the millions of combinations of ancestry trees built and considered, the computergives each a score representing how well that selected combination of breeds matched to your dog’s data. The pedigree with the overall best score is selected and provided to you in your dog’sindividualized report. Reports take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time a sample is received for analysis tobe completed.
Q: Why is it important to understand the genetic makeup of my dog?
A: With millions of mixed-breed dog owners in the U.S., having access to reliable breed ancestry information can be critical for the nutrition, training and overall healthcare of their furry family member. Understanding the breeds that make up their dog enables much more targeted care andin some cases provides lifesaving information
The Wisdom Panel will be at the following events to share more information about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 and educate on the benefits of Canine DNA testing:
August 1-2: Amazing Pet Expo in Austin, TX – swabbing
TBD October: Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, TN – swabbing
TBD December: Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Los Angeles, CA – swabbing
If you can make it to one of the local events, You can get your dog swabbed for just $39.99. I’ll be getting my pup tested and I can’t wait to find out the results.
This post has been Sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. All opinions are my own.