After seeing she wouldn't get far away from that "baby", I started watching for new "babies" with no moving parts that could come loose or hurt her. I got them for 25 cents apiece at the end of the day at garage sales. After a couple of trips coming home with one on a Saturday, she knew which friend went with me. If we went out together, she'd wait for me and her new "baby".
In the last few years of her life, she never hurt one of her babies. She would hide them here and there, but if a thunderstorm or other bad weather came, everyone of those babies was in her bed under her!
Also if I brought her a new "baby" from the store, she'd ignore it! It had to have been pre-loved. Her favourite was a pink and purple elephant the same small size as her teddies. That day, the only thing I saw the right size was that elephant and I knew she'd be waiting.
So that's my tip, look for toys that are sold at the end of the day, just a small one for a small dog. Probably not a good tip for big dogs. I now have a Shitzu cross and she takes her babies all over with her too!
By Annie from Kitchener, B.C.
By Trisha from Ventura, CA
Pet toys can be expensive. Making them yourself is frugal and fun.
By VeronicaHB from Asheboro, NC
One day I noticed how whenever my niece would come over she was always missing her stuffed animals and we would always find it in someone's mouth! So I decided that children's toys were just as good for my girls as toys from the pet shop.
I save money by going to the thrift store or yard sales and buying plush toys sometimes for as little as 50 cents. I get less upset when I see the toys destroyed because I didn't pay a lot for them; just be sure to throw the toys in the wash before giving them to your pet.
Look for stuffed animals with stitching instead of buttons because they will pull those off first and may be a choking hazard. When you support your local thrift shop, you are not only saving money but helping your community so you can feel even better about saving money on your pet toys.
By angelarog from Queens, NY
Dogs love stuffed animals to play with and sleep with. Problem is, they are expensive and the ones from the dollar stores fall apart easily. I solve this by buying these from thrift stores for our dog. Even the big ones are only a few dollars, and I figure if they've survived children they can probably survive my dog. When I get them home I wash them in hot water and cleaner and throw them in the dryer. Max is happy and so is my budget!
The style I liked best is a cylinder about 4 inches long with an animal head on top. It's designed for a very small child to grasp and probably stick in their mouth so it's perfect for a dog that weighs less than 10 pounds!
Source: Trial and error, most dog toys are bigger than my dog.
By LittleNana-3 from Sun City, CA