For Brenda -- this site has a ton of adorable crochet patterns (some free -- all very cheap). Since I saw the adorable ones you had in your recent shoot, thought you may want to check it out.
I plan on making one for my little shih tzu. She loves to lay on the prayer shawls I make for others (no fear -- I thoroughly wash and dry before they are given away!). I also like the idea of using leftovers and making for an animal shelter. My nephew (who is no longer with us) loved the animal shelter and it would be nice to make several and donate in his name.
How-to Tunisan crochet! Crochet that looks like knitting. A really good tutorial.