You love your dog -- and your dog loves your new sofa. Create fur-free zones the way Martha does, with accordion-style willow fencing from a garden center. (This is not to be used as a baby gate.) Attach two or three large eye-screws to both sides of the doorjamb. Sand unfinished ends of fencing, link into eyescrews, and ignore your dog's baleful looks. Willow lattice fence, $15.15, mastergardenproducts.com.
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My hamster looks bored in his cage. He's 2 years old -- should I introduce a new hamster in his cage to keep him company?
On a hamster's report card, the teacher always checks "does not play well with peers," as hamsters are solitary animals and prefer to live alone. Remember that hamsters are nocturnal animals, so they sleep all day and are active at night -- your "hammie" may not be as sedentary as you think. You are probably not watching him at his most active times.
More than 20,000 people from around the world check in on author Terry Golson's chickens each month via streaming video on hencam.com. Three live webcams run at all times on Terry's Little Pond Farm in Massachusetts, giving viewers a peek at eight beautiful hens (Lulu, Buffy, Betsy Ross, Coco, Petunia, Marge, Tina Turner, and Siouxsie), one lop-eared rabbit, and two twin goats.
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SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128
If you take your pet on vacation this summer, add a tag like this one to her collar. That way, if she strays, people will be able to reach you.
Print your contact information on card stock. Using a 2-inch circular craft punch or scissors, cut out card stock and 2 pieces of clear self-adhesive shelf liner. Sandwich paper between pieces of liner. Punch a hole for a key ring to attach to a collar.
SourceMartha Stewart Living
Cats are known for being clean and tidy, but their food can get messy. Martha contains spills by placing her cats' food dishes in a tray. A galvanized one for plants, available from garden centers, does the trick nicely. The system will keep your home neat and make cleanup easy. This works well for your canine friends, too.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2009
Keeping your dog's paws clean is simply a matter of a little preparation prior to walking out the door.
You'll need a towel or Spotless Paw glove and a shallow container filled one-third of the way with room-temperature water. Place these items by the door you'll use upon returning. Once the walk is over, dip each of your dog's paws into the water. Dry them off and let your dog go about its business.
This practice is especially useful during the winter months when sidewalks and driveways are often covered with ice-melting agents.
Get more information on the Spotless Paw.
SourceMartha Stewart Living Television
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