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Companion of the Heart
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Gary and Ella proudly show off their 6-year-old, rescue dog, Pauli, who is a companion of their heart. Having a dog adds exercise and humor to Ella's and Gary's quiet life. Included in this little-brown-fur package is an affectionate dog who likes to sleep with a slipper and eat buried peanuts!
Gary was born at home in Cottage Grove, 72 years ago, and has lived and worked here his entire life. His bride, Ella, was born in Georgia, and lived in Cottage Grove since she was a toddler. The couple met on a blind date. "It was my sister, Arlene's, fault," laughs Gary. "She lined us up! Arlene, an Avon dealer, thought her customer, Ella, and I would like each other. She was right. We've been married 40 years and have two sons, Darren and Keith."
Before Gary leaves on errands, he gives Pauli a snack. Now, she expects one. She also knows that a new toy is coming home when Gary and Ella go shopping.
"We love spoiling her!" said Ella, "Her eyes light up when she sees a new toy! Last Christmas, we bought several toys for her and for our son Keith's dog. Before we could stop Pauli, she took every one of those toys out of the bag, carried them into our bedroom, and scattered them all over our bed!"
Cut the arms off an old sweatshirt. If the wrist end of the sleeve is too tight to pull over your dog's head, cut the cuff ribbing off and leave the reinforced stitching behind. Often, the cuff is stretched so that it mimics a turtleneck.
Straighten the tube along the length of your dog's back, then trim the sleeve even with the tail. Now the warm jacket completely covers the dog's back.
"Fit" your dog into the designer sleeve-tube. Avoid nicking a squirming dog: When your dog is not wearing the coat, cut a small horizontal slit for the front legs to emerge. Take the sleeve off and cut out a "V" on the underside to prevent the dog from getting wet while urinating (widest part of the "V" closest to the tail).
Dress all your dogs to the K-nines: Copy the new jacket pattern for your other same-size dogs. These sweaters keep older and short-haired dogs warm in winter and dry when it rains. Each sweatshirt produces 2 Body-Stockings, so you can dry a wet one while the other is being worn.
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