Last Saturday, we lost our sweet dog, Riley. He was our family’s first pet, and saying goodbye to him was rough.
On Sunday, my husband and I buried him at the edge of the woods, sobbing as we tossed shovelfuls of dirt and snow onto the shell of our old friend.
On Monday evening, after a much-too-quiet afternoon at home, I asked my husband what he thought about getting another dog. Typically the more reasonable of our partnership, he suggested we wait six months and then discuss it so we don’t make an emotional decision. Reluctantly, I agreed.
On Tuesday, we brought home a puppy.
Does this make us impulsive?
(Because if seeing this face every day means I’m impulsive, I want to be impulsive forever.)
Despite his tendencies to mess on the floor and make a general racket through the night, we’re quite smitten with our little Scout.
We’ve hit up the pet store a couple times already this week for treats and toys, but every time I set foot in the place, I’m appalled at what they charge for a ball or a tug toy. Most of what I saw was in the ten-dollar range. Seriously? For something that’s going to get slobbered on and mangled and destroyed?
What I really wanted for our pup was a nice toy for tossing around and playing tug-of-war. The classic rope bones have been deemed unsafe by vets (you know that whole linear intestinal foreign body thing), SO being the crafty and frugal gal I am (laugh if you know me), I hit up the local craft department for some fleece remnants and set out to make my own.
Here’s what I whipped up.
The long thin rope on the left with several knots is made from six 60″ strands braided together (two strands per section).
The thick “bone” in the middle is made from six 30″ sections braided together (two strands per section).
The squiddy looking guy on the right is made from twelve 30″ strands. I braided the center, joined the ends together, then wrapped it tightly with a few fleece strips and hid the knots in the middle of the bundle.
With each one, I pulled the strips taut as I braided so the finished product would be nice and dense for those murderously sharp puppy teeth.
I think Scout approves.
I know these two do.
The best part is, three tuggy toys cost me fifteen minutes and just over two bucks.
That’s all, guys. Really. That’s the excitement of my Saturdays lately. I may top it off with some Everybody Loves Raymond reruns if I can stay up ’til eight.
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