Nigel approves of the many toys that were distributed in the kennels yesterday to all of the dogs who love squeakers , squishies and cuddly plush animals. Don't the toys look like they could have come right out of the stuffed animal aisle at Toys R Us or off of my daughter's bed? They could have. They are all "kid" toys that our wonderful volunteer, Kathy, miraculously converted into dog toys.
She took off the swallowable eyes and accessories, opened them up and added squeakers and cracklers to their stuffed bellies and limbs, before sewing them up and christening them dog-ready . Some of the totally recycled dog toys have three or four squeakers, others have squeakers and empty water bottles. The menagerie of bears, bunnies, frogs, and other critters made for hours of fun for shelter dog. Nigel, on the other hand, preferred a quiet nap on his bed in my office. Creating dog toys out of discarded stuffed animals would be a GREAT project for scout troops, service clubs, and religious classes looking to help the animals at the League. Toys with beans don't work, but those toys packed with cotton and batting can be made dog-ready by anyone with a needle and thread! Thank you Kathy!!