A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
One of the things I worried about when I decided not to use my furnace was my furkid. He’s so tiny (2 pounds) and so close to the floor that he’s cold all the time. Heat rises so the floor is the coldest part of the house.
He has his favorite blankie that he works very hard at making into the best spot to lay everyday. He’s so protective of his blankie that when I put it into the washer he sits in front of the washer and dryer until I give it back to him.
Now that the weather has gotten colder, I simply had to do something for him to stay warm other than a blanket. I went to the thrift store and bought a furkid version of an electric blanket. It’s a heating pad. Evidently people don’t donate heating pads because there was only one. Or maybe more are buying them from a thrift store? Anyway, I used some scrap batting and made a new cover for it.
I turned the heating pad on to get it warm then carefully slipped it under his blankie so as not to disturb the way he had carefully arranged it. He watched me intently….. as if to say, why are you disturbing my blankie this time?
When he sniffed to inspect what I had done, it didn’t take but a second for him to realize it was very warm there. I swear he smiled at me! He then curls up to enjoy the warmth. Usually it’s very hard for me to take his picture. He doesn’t like the camera. This time he didn’t move.
He barely moved from that spot the rest of the day. I keep it on the lowest setting which should be enough for a kid that has on a fur coat. If I notice him shivering a lot then I can increase the heat for just a little while. It’s not good to lay on a heating pad constantly with a high heat setting. The blankie between him and the pad should be enough to shield him from too much heat but I’ll turn it off when I see he’s not using it or been on it too long.
If dogs can smile…. he’s doing it a lot more now.