(courtesy Margaret Duclos who takes amazing pics of her dogs, including the gorgeous Royal)
Today’s post is in honor of the little girl bunny pictured above who recently showed up in a friend’s garden. After several days, they were able to trap her and, though they put out ads for her, her owners haven’t claimed her. I wonder if she was someone’s Easter bunny who got dumped. Boo! She’s has a wonderful home now though—Margaret has already started clicker-training her. Yea!
It’s really important to provide your rabbits with physical and mental stimulation. They like to explore & play and providing toys is a great way to keep them occupied & happy. It gives your bunny appropriate outlets for chewing, digging, shredding, etc. and helps prevent destructive behavior.
Check out this totally kickass post on making your own rabbit toys! There are a bazillion ideas for entertaining & safe toys for your bunnies—most DIY and low-cost. (Note: it looks like the links to Amazon are affiliate links, but the author did put a lot of effort into gathering good info.)
Fun toys for the kitties you know. Mice, olives, & owls—Oh my! Just add some catnip to their stuffing and you’ve got some sweet gifts!
Very dapper mice to sew for the discerning feline. And a great way to upcycle out-of-date menswear hanging in the back of a closet or at your favorite thrift store. You can hand stitch these or use a machine. I wouldn’t use beads for eyes—just embroidery floss. You’ll need:
Assorted menswear fabrics (such as wool suiting, cotton shirting, corduroy, and cotton velvet)
2yds (1.8m) sport weight or baby weight wool. Mary Jane used Jamieson and Smith 2ply jumper weight #83 dk olive, FC11 bright olive, and #9436 Dale of Norway Baby Ull pale olive (Baby Ull, a superwash yarn, won’t felt much, but it will get fluffier)
1.5 yds (1.4m) Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumper weight #125 pimento
Rope toys can make great tug toys for dogs who are heavy chewers. Since they have some heft to them, rope toys make good toss toys too. They’re durable and can be pretty colorful. To make these rope toys, you can buy new rope, use scrap rope, or you can upcycle retired climbing rope—ask at climbing gyms or climbing stores for retired rope. Let the knotting begin!
The first group of toys uses the Basic Crown Knot. (How To Video I, Video II)