Foster updates: Okowa and Koten

Goodbye Okowa

Goodbye Okowa

Okowa has finally been adopted! It is such a wonderful news because  Okowa had already spent one year in the ARK shelter in Osaka. A lot of people have doubt adopting her because of her age. But one month after she moved to Tokyo, she finally found a forever home. Her adopter is a lovely young couple who already has a couple of chihuahua. We are so happy for Okowa.

Okowa and Fuwawa

Okowa and Fuwawa

After Okowa left, we took care of Koten, a five tears old male Maltese-Poodle mix. He only spent one week in our house because someone is already got interested in him. Koten started his trial period a couple of days ago, I hope everything will be fine and they will fall in love with him. His time in our house didn’t go very well because he and Fuwawa didn’t get along.

Koten the Maltipoo

Koten the Maltipoo

Koten has been passed around to different owners before so he always asked for attention. I think he feels insecure all the time. On the other hand, Fuwawa is easily stressed so Koten’s behavior got on her nerves. I had to separate them, otherwise Koten would bark at Fuwawa, and in turn she would start urinating out of fear.

This week was rather stressful for all of us so I was kinda relieved now that Koten is no longer here. I feel a bit guilty though for feeling that way, after all he was just a neglected dog who wants some love. I hope now he is getting all the love and attention that he deserves!

Dog onesies

Dog onesies Dog onesies

Winter is not the most enjoyable time for a 7 years old Chinese Crested and 14 years old Chihuahua, I made them these onesies so they can do their daily activities comfortably. When I say daily activities, it means sleeping all day on their heated dog bed.

The pattern is Dog coverall by MillaMilla, size M for Fuwawa and size S for Okowa.  The onesies have open tummy and backside elastic around the tummy so they will stay in place. The pattern actually has waist seam so different fabric can be used to make it looks like separate top and pants. I omitted the seam and joined the pattern to make  simple onesies.

I made a muslin first for Fuwawa’s onesie using old T-shirt and it turned out that the bodice had to be shortened a bit. This version is made with stretch flannel in leopard print. Okowa’s onesie is made with leftover zebra print jersey from my dress. The fit is okay except that I had to shorten the legs a bit and tighten the elastic. The zebra print is also a bit thin so I plan to make another one for Okowa. I would consider this one a muslin.

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They don’t seem to thrilled about wearing the onesies though, but I guess no dogs ever get excited about clothes anyway. The good thing is they don’t shiver anymore in the morning when we just got out of the bedroom. The onesies also amused a lot of people who saw them in their daily walk so that must be another good thing, right?

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Pattern is Dog coverall by Millamilla (PDF) size S and M.

Zebra print Lady Skater dress

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To tell you the truth, I’ve never heard of Kitschy Coo before they released the Lady Skater dress pattern a few months ago. Every version of the dress that popped up around the net is looking so good that I couldn’t resist joining the bandwagon.

Here’s the description of the Lady Skater dress pattern from the Kitschy Coo website: “This funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, scooped banded neckline, a curved flared knee-length skirt, and options for trimmed cap sleeves, or banded ¾ length sleeves or long sleeves. It’s designed to flatter the figure with a waistline that hits at the natural waist and a skirt that gently skims over the lower waist and hips.”

I made the long sleeved version in size 2 with shortened bodice alteration of about 2.5 cm. My fabric is rather transparent zebra print jersey that I bought locally. The instructions are very clear and even come in two versions, one version with step by step photos, and the concise with only a list of steps. I think this is great because I can read the whole thing first and then use the list as a reminder along the way.

Zebra print lady skater Zebra print lady skater

I also love the instructions to stabilize the shoulder seams and waistline seams with clear elastic. I think I’m going to use this trick the next time I’m sewing knits. Almost all the seams were done on my serger except for topstitching the neckline binding and finishing the hem. I use knit blindstitch setting on my sewing machine for the hem.

Zebra print lady skater Zebra print lady skater

It was quite a quick project and I love the result! The skirt flares nicely and the fit is great. Too bad the zebra print fabric is rather transparent so I have to wear something underneath, but I can see more Lady Skater dresses in my future! Please excuse my shoeless feet in tights. I took photos in the tatami room so I couldn’t wear shoes except for some slipper boots. You can also see that I still have some leftover to turn Okowa into a zebra!

Zebra print lady skater Zebra print lady skater

 Pattern is Lady Skater dress pattern by Kitschy Coo (PDF), size 2.

Okowa the Chihuahua

Okowa the Chihuahua

Okowa the Chihuahua

We’ve got a newcomer yesterday! Meet our new foster dog, Okowa the Chihuahua! Okowa is a 14 years old female chihuahua who had to go to ARK shelter since her owner was hospitalized and can no longer take care of her.

It is very sad to think that she has been loved her whole life and then had to live in a shelter in her old days. Okawa has been staying in ARK Osaka shelter for a year before she was moved to Tokyo in hope to find an adopter. Despite her age, she has no medical issues except for being toothless. Her coat is soft and shiny, she is also housebroken and has no behavior problem whatsoever.

Small dogs usually get adopted very soon here, maybe because Japanese houses and apartments are quite small. So it is quite unusual that a small dog with no particular problem like Okowa doesn’t find a home for such a long time. It is just her age that make people worry to adopt her, I hope she will find a loving home soon and she can spend her old days happily.

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Fuwawa was not particularly excited about Okowa though. Maybe because Okowa was not interested to play with her. She also took Fuwawa’s heated bed for herself and Fuwawa was too soft-hearted to take it back. She kept looking at me with questions in her eyes. Poor Fuwawa! I’ll make you a new bed later!

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Okowa’s profile on ARK website. Posts about Okowa in ARK blog: 1, 2, 3.