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  1. Canvas Tote Doggie Bag

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    Transform a canvas tote into a "doggie bag." A U-shape cutout lets your small pooch enjoy the scenery. To make it, use sharp fabric shears to cut a dip into the side of the tote. The depth and width of the U shape will depend on the size of your dog's head, but be sure to leave at least half an inch between the opening and the bag's handles. Cut cotton webbing long enough to cover the U shape. Fold webbing over the raw edge, and use a sturdy needle to hand-stitch it to the opening. 

    Boat-and-Tote bag, from $18, llbean.com. Cotton webbing, 1 inch, $1.15 per yd., onlinefabricstore.net.

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    Martha Stewart Living
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  2. Ask Marc: Bored Hamster

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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.

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    Radio
  3. Hen Cam

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    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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    To learn more, visit hencam.com.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128
  4. Ask Marc: Bathing Hamsters

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    I have hamsters and ferrets, and they can get stinky. How often should I bathe my little pets? 

    The animals only get stinky when they're kept in stinky cages, so the cleaner you keep the cages, the cleaner your ferrets and hamsters will be. Pet stores do sell shampoos that work well on both these kinds of pets; however, don't bathe them too often. It will dry out their skin and coats. 

    Wash your pocket pets once a week, and be sure the water is tepid to slightly cool -- most animals don't like very warm water. After the baths, remember to keep your hamster in a very warm place until he or she is completely dry. They chill very easily when wet.

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    Radio
  5. Good Thing

    Martha's Cat-Bowl Tip

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2009
  6. Keeping a Dog's Paws Clean

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    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.

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    Get more information on the Spotless Paw.

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    Martha Stewart Living Television
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