Aug 6 2019

DIY: T-Shirt Rope Toys

Summer is sizzling and that means more indoor time for our furry friends. As we kick off our summer DIY series, we’re teaching you how to repurpose your old t-shirts into rope toys perfect for any pup on a hot or rainy day!

All you’ll need is two old t-shirts and a pair of scissors. If you have a few more old t-shirts that need a new purpose, use them to make a super colorful rope toy!


Cut slits about an inch wide at the base of each t-shirt. Tear along each slit with two hands to the top of the t-shirt, then cut to make a strip.

Gather the strips and tie off one end, leaving about 2″ as fringe.

Divide the strips into thirds and braid them together. When you’ve braided most of the strips, tie off the opposite end, leaving about 2″ unbraided.

Toss it to your pup and watch them have a grand ol’ time!

For dogs who struggle with separation anxiety, bonus points if you pick t-shirts that smell like you! Feel free to get creative with fabrics, textures, colors, and sizes to make your dog a perfectly personalized rope toy (or two!).

Happy crafting!

Pet Adoption Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


May 21 2019

DIY: No-Sew Catnip Toys

Author Terry Pratchett said it best: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” What better way to feed into your cat’s ego than to present them with toys made by you with love and adoration? As the second installment in our summer DIY series, these easy, no-sew cat toys will make your cat feel like they’re on top of the world. Also, your cat will probably look super cute while playing with them––is that selfish?

For your catnip toys, you’ll need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Cotton balls
  • Loose catnip
  • Yarn (optional)
  • Scissors

Start by cutting your fabric into squares roughly 5 x 5 in each. Use old t-shirts, your grandma’s leftover sewing scraps, or that fabric you bought to make something super cute and totally forgot about. Just make sure it’s soft and colorful.

Place a few cotton balls in the middle of your fabric squares, then sprinkle some loose catnip on top. Customize your cat toys by adding more cotton balls for a little extra squishy-ness or sprinkling a bit more catnip for added enrichment.

Pull the corners of your squares together, packing in the cotton balls and catnip. Tie off the toy using leftover strips of fabric or yarn, leaving a good-sized pouf on top.

Toss the toys to your cat and watch them go wild! If your cat is particularly dog-like, this would be the perfect time to introduce the game of fetch. They’ll have a blast!

Happy crafting!

Pet Adoption Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


May 16 2019

DIY: Summer Pupsicles

Homemade frozen dog treats are the easiest way to keep your dog entertained and cool through these hot and humid Midwestern summers. For the third installment in our summer DIY series, we’re teaching you how to make delicious yogurt and berry pupsicles that your dog will undoubtedly scarf down in minutes!

For your pupsicles, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup whole blueberries
  • 1 thinly sliced banana
  • Milk Bones or thick pretzel sticks, one per pupsicle
  • Silicone dog treat molds or ice cube trays

Start by combining all ingredients. Depending on the size of your treat molds or ice cube trays, scoop 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into each mold.

Leave your mold or ice cube tray in the freezer for about an hour or until the pupsicles are halfway frozen. Place pretzel sticks or Milk Bones in each pupsicle and return them to the freezer for another 2 hours.

When they’re completely frozen, pop a pupsicle out of the mold and serve! These make for a perfect cool-down after playing with those amazing t-shirt rope toys.

Most dog-appropriate foods can be frozen, so these treats are super customizable. If you’re wanting to further expand your dog’s palette, try out peanut butter and canned pumpkin, chicken broth and chopped veggies, mashed banana, and more! Remember to ensure that any foods you’re considering for your pupsicles are safe for dogs to eat.

Happy crafting!

Pet Adoption Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


May 16 2019

DIY: Frozen Kongs

Have you depleted your supply of berry pupsicles? Is your pup begging for more frozen yumminess? We’ve got you! For the last installment in our summer DIY series, we have all the supplies for an icy twist on a classic dog treat: frozen peanut butter Kongs. Like the pupsicles, these frozen Kongs are totally customizable, but we’ve settled on a delicious chunky monkey recipe. Not only are these treats yummy and dog-safe, they also make for a great enrichment activity!

For your frozen Kongs, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 Kongs of any size

Start by mashing together the banana, peanut butter, and yogurt. Depending on the size of your Kongs, scoop enough of the mixture into each Kong to fill the cavity.

Freeze the Kongs for 2-3 hours or until the mixture is solid.

When frozen, pass a Kong off to your pup! Remember that frozen Kongs can become messy as they melt, so they’re best enjoyed outside on a sunny day. Get ready for lots of peanut-buttery pup kisses!

When the frozen filling has disappeared, wash the Kongs and save them for playing or more frozen recipes. Try out some canned pumpkin, or add some of your dog’s kibble or favorite treats. Your dog will never be bored with a frozen kong between their paws!

Happy crafting!

Pet Adoption Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


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