Girl Scouts, earn a badge for making homemade pet supplies
Obtain the Senior Textile Artist Badge while in social isolation
As a former Girl Scout of five years, I’ve lost count of the number of times I volunteered for fundraising, painting everything from walls to ceramics, going on history tours, and helping charitable organizations. And my old uniform is flooded with cookie badges, selling anywhere from 500 boxes to 1,000 each year (thanks Mom!). With the recent need for humans to have cloth face masks to help prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it makes absolute sense that parents would busy their children with creating any of the three options available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But what can pet-loving Girl Scouts also do to earn their Senior Textile Artist Badge while they’re sitting at home and unable to go to any Girl Scout meetings? First off, this is definitely worth a moment to lend kudos to (then) 14-year-old Girl Scouts Kylie Greene and Hailey Amos of Central California South Council Troop №376, who raised $2,400 to buy pet mask kits for all 37 Bakersfield fire engines. Thanks to their hard work, in 2017, they helped save a dog named Jack who got caught in a house fire.
But what else can parents (or any other legal guardian) do to keep their restless Girl Scouts busy? According to the official Girl Scouts blog, troop members can earn the Senior Textile Artist Badge by “making something for everyday use.” This includes pet beds and blankets, toys, and homemade dog treats.
Create a No-Sew Dog Bed: Miss Frugal Mommy has one of the easiest ways to create a dog bed with a handful of supplies (two fleece choices cut to 1-1/2 yards each; 30–50 oz polyfil; fabric scissors; measuring tape). These supplies can hopefully be ordered by drive-thru from any fabric store (assuming it’s still open as an essential store) or purchased online. Daisies and Brownies will need help with the scissors, but this do-it-yourself project mainly involves tying and stuffing. Click here for instructions.
These beds can potentially be donated to dog shelters or other dog owners in need. For pet owner recipients and shelter owners who are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 from human-to-human contact, click here for laundry and soft surface instructions.
Create a No-Sew Dog Blanket: The instructions for creating a do-it-yourself dog blanket are similar on Design Milk. The puppy paw patterns or polka dot patterns will be especially cute for a pup’s crate or hanging out on the floor.
Create Dog Toys: While there are certainly some toys that should be used with extra caution (ex. dog antlers), Bark Post has 33 different ideas for do-it-yourself dog toys. My favorite one by far is a simple T-shirt wrapped around a plastic bottle, primarily because it gives all that plastic waste a second life as entertainment for a hyperactive pup. As much as we’d like to believe those flimsy plastic bottles with numbers 4–7 on them can be recycled, they often cannot.
Make Homemade Pet Food: There will be dogs with allergies who simply cannot eat even some of the most amazing homemade pet food. But let’s be honest here. Outside of legitimate pet health concerns, I’ve met my fair share of dogs who were “only” served filtered water and homemade hummus and roast chicken meals who would eat anything off the ground. And unfortunately, I’m no stranger to tricking dogs out of eating other dogs’ poop from nearby grass. So it’s up to each Girl Scout to decide how fancy she wants to get when it comes to particular homemade pet food meals. I have a hard time believing the average dog won’t like your scrumptious DIY meal.
All Recipes has a meal so simple you may already have the ingredients at home. You’ll need water, turkey, brown rice and mixed vegetables. There is a recommendation for dried rosemary, but I’m not convinced anybody’s dog will bark until it’s in there. Click here for the recipe. There are plenty more all over YouTube.
To my fellow scouts, wash your hands, be safe and stay productive. Make new (fur) friends, but keep the old. One (has) silver (fur), and the other is gold.