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  1. Dog Eye Safety

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    Dogs can't seem to resist the urge to stick their head out the window of a moving car, but allowing them to do so can lead to injuries. Dirt and debris can fly right into a dog's eye and cause serious damage. 

    The best idea is to crack the window enough for your pet to enjoy the sights and scents of the outside, but without their being able to face directly into the wind. 

    One other option is to outfit your dog with goggles specially made for canines (available at pet stores). They may look comical, but they keep the eyes safe.

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    Get more information on Doggles.

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    Martha Stewart Living Television
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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. Simple Pet Pillow

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    It's a dog's life -- and a cushy one at that. This soft bed, suitable for small pooches, can be refreshed with a quick switch of covers. You'll need 2 same-size dish towels, 2-inch-thick foam (cut 4 inches shorter and narrower than the towels), and iron-on Velcro fasteners. Lay towels on top of each other, good sides facing. Sew 3 sides, about 1/2 inch in from towel edges. Turn inside out, insert foam, and iron the fasteners to the open side. For a neat appearance, fold that end as if gift-wrapping a box and use the fasteners to keep in place.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2007
  4. 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
  5. Cat Birthday Hat

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    Fancy hats and a "cake" make a birthday purr-fect. For hat, make a paper cone, and then stitch on a pom-pom and add a thin elastic cord for a chin strap. For collar, attach Velcro dots to the ends of pom-pom fringe. Turn out canned food for a cake. Pom-pom fringe, in 3/8 inches, $2.59 per yd., mjtrim.com. Pom-poms, 1/2 to 2 inches, $10.24 per 8-oz. pack, by Darice, from createforless.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November
  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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