Again, after last week’s heavy content I wanted to keep things light and fun… and less wordy this week.
So, I figured, what’s more fun than talking dog toys!? In a house with multiple dog, I’ve found myself buried under toys sometimes. I often have to get multiples of the same type of toy (because if one has fuzzy dot toy, they ALL want a fuzzy dot toy), more tennis balls than you can shake a stick at, and a crazy number of interactive toys/games. Hundreds and hundred of dollars worth of toys. Some are more well loved than others… some last longer than others… and some hardly ever leave the toy box (and have been demoted to bag of unloved toys in the closet). All that money spent on special toys, doodads, and gadgets and what are the things they love to play with the most (almost, frisbees and tennis balls are the top two toys in our house)? The freebie or repurposed toys.
Earlier this year we replaced an old garden hose with a longer one to reach our garden better. Well, I didn’t want to just toss this hose so I took pruning shears to it and cut it into 12-18in sections to use as toys. These recycled bits of rubber have become a favorite toy of Shayne (who is a tugging maniac). I’ve started using them for foundational frisbee practice because she goes after them with all the enthusiasm as her discs.
Even she’s doing her part to be green and help the earth… right? So here are a few other recycled toys we use… empty plastic bottles (crushed up or used as a treat dispensing toy), plastic bottle covers made out of old jeans, old socks (with knots tied into them), old t-shirts (either with some knots or torn and braided), cardboard boxes, old hand towels (rolled up and turned into tug toys), and old coffee cans that can be used as treat dispensing toys. These are just a few of the ways that my pups are going green (and saving me some green!).
Such a happy face chewing on the garden hose! She’s so proud of herself, it’s cute!