Ear Ear, It’s ScrapHappy March 2021

Terriers have little perky ears that stay out of the way and remain, generally, clean and dry. Spaniels, on the other had, have huge ears that get into everything – wet grass, brambles, drinking water, their dinner… you get the picture. And one of the problems with having such big ears is the large surface area leads to a lot of heat loss when they get wet and cold. Not only that, they get dirty and, if not kept clean and dry inside, can be prone to fungal infections.

Daisy loves to snuffle about in the long grass when we are out for walks, so requires very careful ear drying (as well as everything else) when we get home from a wet excursion. I have previously experimented with a spaniel hood made from the sleeve of an old waterproof jacket, but sadly, she seems to be able to get her ears out of it with ease. The answer, of course, is something elasticated. So, I present the Spaniel Snood:

It is made from a scrap of fabric from a broken umbrella, given to me a while ago by my friend Sue A. (who is a great maker from scraps). It’s just a tube with elastic at both ends to hold it in place. Her ears stay clean and fairly dry (it turned out not to be quite as waterproof as expected) and there is a lot less drying required when we return from our walkies.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me), Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2 , Nancy, Bear, Carol and Noreen

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28 Comments

  1. What a great solution! Did it take Daisy long to adapt to it?

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  2. The only thing that could make it any cuter is if you stick a great big yellow and white crochet daisy on the side….

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  3. Brilliant! But hat does Daisy think?

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  4. Impressed she can hear through it – I’m useless if I put a hood up! Smart idea, and fab use of scrap.

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  5. Great idea. I’m imagining another one with the ‘face end’ gathered with a frill, like a shower cap.

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    • Oh, that would be so cute… I could make it in yellow and white like a daisy… Sue is sure to have some suitable fabric. Mr Snail says the current version makes her look like she’s about to enter a clean room.

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  6. Going Batty in Wales

     /  March 15, 2021

    Lucky, lucky Daisy!

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  7. That’s so clever! Well done 😀

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  8. Daisy looks very stylish in her snood, maybe she needs another one with a pattern, lace and flowers. She could become the talk of the town!

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  9. make it real cute and then every dog owner will want one…(trying to get back to more than reading blogs, but making a comment…getting to feel a bit better, but expect to have some “slumps”)

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  10. Charli

     /  March 18, 2021

    I love the name of it.. The Spaniel Snood! Genius!

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