Friday, March 26, 2010
Homemade Dog Toy #3
Since the ropes have come out of our Tug-A-Jugs I decided to try a replacement. Similar to one of the homemade dog toy that I made previously, I started by just cutting strips of fleece off of an old chewed up blanket. Side note, I like fleece for use as blankets and toys instead of rope. When rope toys are chewed the little strings can get wrapped up in the dog's intestines sometimes requiring surgery to remove. However, fleece does not pull apart in threads. It just comes off in pieces that ball up and pass right on through. Back to the toy, tie one end and start to braid. Slip the loose ends through the end of the Tug-A-Jug and then knot the other end. There were a few complications. First, you have to make sure that your braid is small enough that the food will still fit through the opening of the bottle. This will depend on your food. Unfortunately, to make the braid small enough, it meant that the knot was small enough to fit through the opening too. So I knotted it 3 times to make the knot bigger, but because fleece is stretchy and gives it would still come through the opening if pulled too hard. Time to try it out, I filled both jugs with food and gave them to the boys. They both struggled to get the food out at first then pulled the braids out and gobbled up their food. I would say this experiment was not a success. But at least they had two braids to play tug with after dinner.