We Like: “A Cheerful Pet” Felt Toys

felttoys1.jpgSaffron loves the felt tomato and sunflower made by A Cheerful Pet that we got her. In fact she couldn’t wait while we were taking photos of the new toys.

These are different from any dog toys I’ve seen before. They’re made of boiled wool dyed with natural dyes. The result is lots of durable, fun, pretty toys. (Note: Saffron “pruned” the stem & leaf off the tomato pretty quickly, so the tendrils and fringes on some of the toys may not last, but the remaining felt ball isn’t going anywhere. These toys are surprisingly strong. They’re washable even, just hand wash and air dry)

felttoys2.jpgThe sunflower is a favorite for shaking and biting. I think the wool smell also makes the toys attractive. The tomato rolls and bounces like, well…a ball. And those are fun! The humans here think the toys look really nice, in fact, they look like art. Which I like to see lying around the house a lot better than frighteningly colored rubber hamburgers.

A Cheerful Pet toys are designed by 19 year old Rebekah Steubing and her mom Cheryl and are made in Nepal, where the Steubings first learned about the craft of boiling wool.

A Cheerful Pet has so many fun toys—colorful fish, jack-o-lanterns, Frizees (frisbees), Tugzeez (the green one looks just like a big piece of bull kelp!), balls, and the tomato & sunflower we got. They also have pet throws and coats in all sorts of wonderful colors. Proceeds from the sale of the PUMA collection benefit the PUMA orphanage in Nepal.

I’m waiting to hear back on who manufactures these fun toys. It’s my understanding this is also part of the company’s outreach to Nepal. I’ll let you know what I find out.  (Update:  Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back from them, so I can’t tell you who makes the toys.)

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