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Oprah Goes to the Dogs and Puppies Behind Bars

Friday, May 15th, 2009

We love how so many celebrities are advocates for helping puppies and dogs. As you know our house is full of rescued dogs so we love to hear how others get that need!

 

Oprah Winfrey is one of those wonderful celebrities. A few months ago Oprah added to her pack by adopting a couple of shelter puppies. We are sad to report that the adopted puppies were both diagnosed with the deadly parvo virus. One of the puppies didn’t make it, but one of them did. This month, and next, Sadie will help Oprah out with alerting the public to all sorts of animal needs both for dogs as well as for humans!

 

Tomorrow, May 15th, Oprah will air her TV show and dedicate it to the dogs. Actress, Glenn Close will also be on. She is a huge dog advocate – we know this from the FetchDog.com website she is affiliated with! Both celebrities will be promoting all sorts of topics around puppies and dogs. Our favorite one, for the moment, is on the topic of service dogs. A wonderful organization, called Puppies Behind Bars, focuses on helping dogs and people. The puppies are actually behind bars with prison inmates. The inmates are trained to raise these puppies to become service dogs for wounded US veterans. We love the intertwining of needs and issues all addressed by this one program.

 

Anyway, to help promote the Puppies Behind Bars organization, we wanted to give you information on how and where you can help the dogs and people involved in these projects.

 

One is going to the Puppies Behind Bars site and donating directly:

puppies behind bars - donate

The other is with some great new dog and puppy chew toys. They are called DogTags and they are chew toys for both puppies and dogs. And, you know our dog and puppy safety concerns! These dog chew toys are made with safe all natural, non-toxic rubber. What’s also cool is that they are molded using the same shoe molds used to make the soles of military boots. We like that connection!

dogtags from fetchdog

FetchDog is donating $2 of their proceeds from sale of each chew toy. Pretty nice!

Oh, and if you have a special project or item that helps our dog and puppy community, let us know, we’ll gladly create a post about it at DogToyStuffz.com.

No-squeaker eco-friendly dog toy – Sydney’s all time favorite

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I can’t believe I found it…my all time favorite dog toy that has no squeaker in it. It’s a little different from the rope ball I found a while ago for my dog Sydney but it sure is close enough – it has an extra rope handle that the original rope ball didn’t have which makes it easier for tossing to my dog – and a little less slobber to come in contact with!! !! It’s a soft string rope ball dog toy but the rope is untwisted, leaving it more like a big furry, soft blob of a toy. Sydney, my Australian Shepherd (you can read more about her and why we started the DT Stuffz website by going to our About DogToyStuffz page) is the reason why I love this particular no-squeaky dog toy so much!

This cotton ball no-squeaker dog toy has been her absolute favorite of all her “puppies” (she responds to them when I tell her to “go get your puppy”!). She loves to carry it around with such care and sleeps with it at her head. She won’t let any of the other dogs ever come near to this fluffy plush puppy toy. It’s funny, because if any dog toy I give her has plastic or any hard surface, she is fine with the others playing with it. But this soft toy really is like one of her puppies, no other dog is allowed to come near, move it, or touch it without her ready to attack and protect.

Any time I have seen these, and it’s rare, in a pet or dog store, I buy them all. But because we have such trouble finding them online, we are sharing our next best favorites that are made of rope and string, even some softer than others. We’ll keep looking online for our favorite string ball. And we will add them here the minute we find any. In the meantime, check out some of our rope dog toy selections below. Many come in all sizes for small dogs to large ones. We actually like to have various sizes and will trade off toys when Sydney has slobbered too much on one – or it was left outside one too many times. She seems to like the size difference since it’s like a new baby for her each time.

I do have to be careful how I introduce the new dog toy because she will hoard them all. One of the other problems I have had with this rope dog toy is that it can be pulled apart. But, even if the small rope bits are swallowed they seem to easily come out without any problem – mainly because they are such short rope pieces! If you are at all worried about your dog swallowing string pieces then you might take a look at some of our other non-squeak dog toys we like. I just know that Sydney loves these and they are hard to find. I love them for her!