This is so simple, yet so clever! Saffron LOVES interactive, food dispensing toys. I think she’d prefer that all her food required some work to get to it, given how excited she gets when she sees me filling her Tricky Treat Ball or hiding a chew treat in a box.
This DIY interactive toy just requires a muffin tin and 6 smallish balls.
I LOVE this! Nami and Pepper are very lucky rats to have such a wonderful person, Abby, taking care of them. I wish all pets were so lucky! Abby has clicker trained them to do a bunch of tricks—some tricks are pretty lengthy or complex. The diving for peas trick is awesome. (Instead of a clicker, Abby, clucks her tongue to mark the behavior she wants from the rats.) I also love Abby’s DIY props for the different tricks—cute and clever.
Abby and her rats’ relationship is so much richer because of this training. Her rats have learned to pay closer attention to her and they have much more interesting & stimulating lives than if they just sat in a cage all the time. And I’m sure Abby has a deeper understanding of her rats since she’s had to think about what they’re capable of and how to communicate with them. So cool!
I like goats (not so much sheep), but I’m not sure I could live with this. Some of them seem like they haven’t gotten the hang of caprine or ovine language. Others just seem to have an attitude problem. Enjoy! (thanks, Holly!)
I love Valentines—so pretty! Here are a bunch of DIY Valentine’s Day projects for you to make for the pups you love. Just add a squeaker or mylar, if your dog likes crinkly toys. All of these patterns are free. Be nice and don’t use patterns to make things to sell if the author asks you not to. These people have been really generous in providing all these patterns, so consider supporting them if they have etsy shops, stores, books, or patterns for sale.
sewn heart-shaped dog bed—enlarge a heart template to the right size for a bed for your dog, sew according to the instructions, & stuff with appropriate filling such as a foam layer with batting layered on top.