One of the families of a dog I've been petsitting for many years separated last spring and I wanted to make sure neither one of them ended up without at least a token representation of their dog Spike. These two stuffed Spike plushies were completed May of 2015.
Spike is a schnauzer-poodle cross and is my pretty-pretty princess. He walks around puddles, hates weather, and his favourite thing is towels fresh out of the dryer.
What you also need to realize is that he normally destroys toys with gleeful abandon. I wanted to get some photos of him with his clones before gifting them and assumed I would have to be very careful they didn't get chomped. Spike was a perfect gentleman and only nosed them gently a few times. He posed very happily and he even helped me do the wrapping (making sure the string didn't escape).
These plush are entirely designed and handmade by me. There are two sizes because my initial pattern ended up with an oversized head. Instead of remaking a whole lot I just adjusted my body for the second one larger, and the second head smaller, and matched them up accordingly. That decision saved me a whole lot of grief! The material I used is actually from a fancy blanket that was cheaper and closer to what I was looking for than any of the faux fur I saw. It has a really neat texture that almost manages to capture Spike's real fur.
Now whoever Spike is away from still has a mini-Spike to keep them company! <3