Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to Take Your Pet Anywhere as a Flat Pet

   Do you love sharing Instagram and FaceBook pics of you and your pets in wild and crazy locations? They are always fun, and I have seen dogs travel to some incredible places. If you are traveling by car and your pet is up for a road trip, that’s great. But let’s face it, there are some places where your best friend is simply not allowed. Neither of the Bayou Boys are able to fly in the cabin of an airplane. That means if our vacation is by plane, they get left behind because we refuse to put them in cargo. Still, I can't help but think of all the fabulous photo opportunities I’m missing!
   If only there was a way to bring them…but how? 
I have two words for you 
   A flat pet is a cutout of your pet that can travel anywhere you go. They are easy to pack in a suitcase and don't take up as much room as a tee shirt! They are easy to slip into your carry-on too. That way you won’t miss the take-off selfie with your bestie!
How to Make a Flat Pet
Materials: photo of your pet, custom yard sign, Exacto Knife, cardboard, glue, tape
Step One: Take a front view photograph of your pet sitting or standing. The picture needs to include their entire front body. Don’t cut off the feet or the tops of the ears. The full body makes your Flat Pet look like your real pet is sitting next to you. 
Step Two: Measure your pet in the same position as in the photo. You can adjust the size of your photo on the yard sign template at your favorite printing website. I had to rotate Bentley’s photo so I could get the correct height. You want to make your Flat Pet as close to the actual size of your pet as possible. *If you have a Great Dane, you should probably downsize it. You don’t want to be toting a billboard around the entire time. Once you’re happy with the preview, place your order and wait. *You don’t need to order the optional metal stakes.
Step Three: When your parcel arrives, it is time to turn the yard sign into your Flat Pet. You will need an Exacto knife and a steady hand. Prepare your cutting area by placing a hard-thick surface under the sign. Exacto knives are extremely sharp and can cut into the bottom surface. 
S-l-o-w-l-y cut along the outline of your pet. Brush off any “splinters” or rough edges. 
Step Four: Your last step is to make your pet sit. It’s easy and you don’t have to bribe your Flat Pet with treats. We used a box to make ours, but any thick cardboard will work.    
   Cut out a shape as shown in the photo. Carefully make a straight fold in your stand. Stick bent straight fold to the back of your Flat Pet with “temporary” tape to test its stability. Adjust the stand as necessary until your pet is sitting proudly. You don’t want Ruff or Fluffy to fall over, so make certain that it tilts slightly back. Mark the spot where you want to glue your stand and remove the tape. Use strong glue and for extra security; add adhesive tape. *I carry the tape on vacation in case of an accident.
Flat Pet Bentley pictured here with the world famous Tillman the skateboarding dog. #ForeverTillman
   Pack your Flat Pet in a cardboard folder.  We made ours from a box and held it closed with rubber bands.  I placed him in the bottom of my luggage and he arrived unscathed. 
   With a Flat Pet, you can take your best friend to the finest restaurants or when you decide to skydive for the first time! Flat Pets never bark and they ALWAYS look at the camera. They are the next best thing to having your real pets next to you. 
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  1. Flat Bentley are almost as cute as da real thing!

  2. Now you can go EVERYWHERE with your mom, Bentley!

  3. We talked about you guys at dinner last night and there were photos of you and flat Bentley from Lake Las Vegas on the slide show. Wish you were here.

  4. That's cool, I'll have to try and make one of my cat Jake.

  5. I have a flat Sammy that I made so he could visit Cat Scouts friends, but this looks much sturdier.

  6. Bentley looks pretty real in some of those photos!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  7. Thanks for this info - been wondering about how I could take one of both of my girls with me to places that just don't get the benefits of having dogs around. Me and sis are in the early planning stages of road trips around Kansas visiting old fashioned soda fountains that I want to blog about - have to get flats Lady Shasta and Miss Maizie made so they can go with me. And yes, flat Bentley looks so real I'd be tempted to pet him.
    Mom Kim

  8. Bravo bravo we love it
    Hugs madi and mom

  9. Wooftastic fun!
    3 bum swings! 3 more!

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia


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