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.
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I had a Boxer who loved crocheted stuffies. His fav was a crochet lion he 'borrowed' from my daughter.
As Emilou writes, you do need to keep an eye on stuffed toys given to dogs, especially those dogs who are know to be chewers. A daily toy check is a good idea no matter what kind of toy your dog has-just like children, a dog can do some serious damage to his/her toys in a very little period of time, and thereby endanger themselves by eating stuffing and embellishments.
PLEASE be careful with stuffed toys. Especially with powerful chewers. We've experienced a very expensive and traumatic stomach surgery due to the stuffing becoming bound up in our dog's intestine. Best to remove the stuffing, and stitch it back up before giving it to your friend. Add an empty plastic water bottle for a fun crunchy sound. Also remove any plastic button eyes/noses and take the toy away when it starts falling apart, or if you see your pet eating it as opposed to just playing with it.
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