Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Pooch Pouch

The Pooch Pouch with Frisbee, Chucker and Tennis Balls

We have a young border collie.  This sentence pretty well defines the activities of our days.  Trace is very smart, very focused, and needs a lot of exercise.  Or, as anyone who owns a working dog knows, he needs a job.  All the time.  We are fortunate to live near a very good off-leash dog park where we can take him to run, to fetch, to retrieve, even to swim.  He makes me think of a football player as he dodges other dogs, weaving in and out, in order to catch the ball with a graceful leap in the air.
Joe used to carry the balls in a plastic poop bag which he secured to the loop of his jeans.  He got very frustrated when the bag tore or snarled.  “Can’t you make something for me that will work better than this?” he said in exasperation.  So I thought about it and came up with what we are calling the Pooch Pouch.
Large enough to hold all necessary play toys, small enough to hang from your belt loops

Even if you don’t have a dog, but love to garden, for instance, this is a pretty useful piece of equipment.
Jean top cut in half before being sewn together differently

I took a pair of Joe’s old jeans, worn out at the knees, and cut the top part in half, then sewed the two halves together so that the front now has the rear pocket of the jeans, and the back is now the front pocket of the jeans. 
Pooch Pouch with all its toys and Spring Clips ready to attach to your jeans

Frisbee, balls, toys, towel, go inside the sewn together halves.  Treats or poop bags can go in the rear pocket (now the front). 
Front pocket with phone and car keys.  Side loop holds the Chucker

The front pocket of the jeans can hold car keys, cell phone, protected from falling out by being snug against your hip.  Two spring links are attached to the pouch loops, and then attached to the jeans.  I used some of the rest of the cut up jean to make a loop for the Chucker.
Repurposed and recycled, Joe's old gardening jeans are newly useful.
Joe loves his new pouch so much he was able to sell one to a dog walker at the park.  So now, I’ve made a bunch of them, cutting up old jeans I bought at Goodwill.  I keep them in the car when we go to the park so that maybe I can sell one to another dog walker!

1 comment:

  1. Necessity is the mother of invention! Brilliant. I love your ingenuity. I have no trouble believing you'll sell all you make.