We all have lots of socks laying around. If you have a dog or two (or so), then you likely know they love socks. Treat a furry friend or family member by giving them a sock they can actually have. But don't just give them a sock. Make it into a fun toy that will last a bit longer than a sock in its normal state. Plus, get some use out of those stray socks you keep in your drawer for absolutely no reason. Here’s how to make an awesome knotted dog toy from your mismatched socks.
Which types of socks can be used? Pretty much all socks can be used to make a dog toy. Simply gather all the old socks you have around the house, be they old or new, tiny or huge, holy or whole. Make sure they are all clean, of course. The knot tying process will cover up most holes, so your dog can then make more during play.
Make a knotted dog toy from one sock. To make this toy, all you need to do is tie multiple knots down the length of the sock until you can't make anymore. Almost done! You can then fray the ends for more enjoyment by your dog. To do this, take some scissors and cut thin strips in the fabric at both ends of the knotted sock. This also makes the homemade dog toy look a bit more fancy. The longer socks make the biggest toys and the shorter ones are best for small dogs. Length, thickness, and size of the dog toys will depend on the type of socks you have.
Now that you’ve made your knotted dog toy, toss it for your furry friend and watch the fun!
I often get very closely involved in animal rescues, taking them in myself when there's room. I've heard many, many reasons and excuses involved in people surrendering or abandoning animals. The ones I don't understand the most involve things that are normal habits of that particular animal. If you don't like the habits of a particular animals, why bring that pet into your home?
“But my dog is chewing up my furniture.” “You don't understand, the cat is chasing herself around the house at midnight.” “The puppy tears up my papers and books.” Yes, I've heard all of these stories and more. In fact, I've heard worse.
But the fact is, these are all normal behaviors for an animal. Did you do any research before falling for that cute face?
It takes time, patience, and love to house train a new pet and some things are just normal animal things that no amount of training will change. Pets are going to do pet things before, during, and after the house training process. Dogs may chew up something you love instead of the expensive chew toy you buy. Cats may sharpen their claws on your favorite chair. They both may have accidents on your white carpet or get fur all over your beloved new outfit.
An animal is more than just a decoration. Did you not know this was a living, breathing being that wouldn't just fall at your command automatically? It is your job as the pet parent to help teach them new things to chew on, keep tempting things out of their reach, and to love them at least as much as they love you.
If you don't like the habits that some animals have, don't bring them into your house and get upset when they don't conform. They didn't ask to be there but you promised them a loving home.
*I originally published this elsewhere (no longer published there).
Each time I foster or adopt another animal, I feel like I am being interrogated. Why am I helping another animal? Can't someone else do it? Why can't I say no? Can't I just let the owners deal with it? Just send them to the shelter.
Every 10 Seconds an Animal Dies in a U.S. Shelter
That's correct. Animoto has a non-graphic video that highlights the issue. Just letting the shelter handle it is not an option for me when people come to me needing help. Unless the shelter is no-kill or can guarantee that an animal will not be euthanized, this kind of thinking can lead to an animal's death sentence. Even then, that isn’t an ideal situation.
The Shelter Life is Not Luxurious or Meant to Be a Permanent Home
How would you like it if your parents decided that once you weren't a cute baby anymore or you “misbehaved” or inconvenienced them, they took you to a place where they locked you in a cage all day and your chance of survival was up in the air? Sound inhumane? Of course it is. It's no different for animals than it is for humans. If you wouldn't treat a human that way, then why would you do the same to a helpless animal that depends on you for their safety and security – one that you willingly brought into your home to begin with?
Can't You Just Turn Away and Let Someone Else Handle it?
Asking me why I don't just look away is like asking me if I have an ounce of heart at all. If you asked me this question, do you? Looking away could be the difference between that animal dying or living. Pardon me for having a heart, something which more people seem to need when it comes to animals. No, I can't just turn away. I would have to question anyone who could if they have the means to help.
Do You Have to Take ALL Animals Offered to You?
No, I don't – and I do turn animals away when I don't have room, because I have no choice. But whenever I have the space and ability to do so, I am going to help. Period. I am only one person so there is a limit to how many I can help – and anyone who knows me can clearly see that I stay within a reasonable limit. Sometimes I find the animals new homes and sometimes we are able to adopt them. So yes, there will be rotation, due to the ones that are temporary residents. However, I have never gone over the legal limit of pets for my area, so I am well within my rights to help as I am able. Deal with it because it's not going to stop. And I will open my animal rescue to help even more once I earn and raise the necessary funds.
If you can't deal with any of this, I'm sure you can find the exit without my help.
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by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
This holiday season, while some pets have a warm and cozy place to spend the holidays, there are countless others who won't get that chance. Since my kids and I already donate to shelters each time our knotted toys are purchased, we decided to make a holiday goal that falls in line with that.
Purchase a toy for your furry friend to help out homeless pets. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the purchase of our knotted and braided dog toys on Etsy will go toward helping homeless pets.
How will this differ from our usual fundraiser? We always donate a portion of our proceeds to help homeless pets. But this holiday season, we want to do something extra special and bring holiday-themed care packages to pets in shelters local to us. We can't do it ourselves, so we need your help to do it. All you need to do is purchase your furry friend one of our toys at just $5 each and share the link with your friends.
What will be in the holiday care packages for homeless pets? This will depend on how much we raise. But we intend to include some of our toys, holiday pet treats, pet food, and a pet blankie.
What happens if we don't raise enough? In the event that we don't raise enough to make care packages, we will simply donate the funds to local shelters as always. The more purchases made, the more pets we get to help, whether we send care packages or not. So please share, share, share. The homeless pets will thank you.
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
The first and subsequent posts on this blog were supposed to be different than what they will now be. The feelings behind them, the concept, and the overall feel and purpose will be the same. But something will be missing from what was originally intended.
Friends, family, and others who follow my work will know all about Buddy, the dog we rescued from the streets. He was the inspiration for this website and this blog. This blog was intended to be about my adventures and misadventures as a "supermommy" to Buddy, my kids, and the hamsters and guinea pigs we've rescued. But while there is now a big hole in that plan - and our hearts, the blog and site will live on.
You see, Buddy was not abandoned as we initially thought.
He did indeed have a family who loved and cared about him and the very believable information we received about him was partially false. Yes, he did have some horrible things happen to him. But those things were most likely not caused by his original owners, who missed him very much and were searching for him the whole time.
On the nightly walk I take Buddy on, I decided to turn a different way than usual when going around and through our apartment complex. That decision -- made in all of a second or less -- changed all of our lives.
Buddy's uncontrollable whimper really threw me off. It started suddenly and he never had done this before. I looked in the direction he was looking and pulling me in. All of a sudden he just took off running, only controlled by the fact that I had him on a retractable leash.
The little girl was crying and calling him another name. I at first thought she had to be mistaken. Buddy likes all kids. Maybe he just wanted to play. Out came the mom and dad as well and from the conversation and evidence they showed me, I knew what I had to do. My heart was both broken and happy at the same time.
These were Buddy's original owners and I couldn't take him from them again. The things they knew about Buddy and the piles of pictures and other evidence all pointed straight to him, not to mention the extremely obvious bond with the little girl.
That was last night and very sudden. As I sit here gathering the rest of Buddy's things, vet records, registration, microchip info, and more (to bring over to Buddy's owners) I am crying mixed tears. Some tears are happy ones because Buddy is now where he belongs. But others are very sad because there is a hole in my heart -- and in the hearts of my children -- that will never ever be filled.
In time, we will all heal and grow. But right now, we are just working on making things right for Buddy. Though we still get to see him, our family dynamic will never be the same, all because of one tiny little angel named Buddy that found us suddenly one evening and left just as suddenly another.
He came to us for a reason, that's certain. For what, we are too shaken to think about right now. But the one thing that is and always will be certain is that Buddy gave and received a huge amount of love. We will miss having Buddy in our household. But from here on out, the focus is moving onward and upward with a new and different type of relationship with Buddy because after his ordeal, he is finally back where he belongs.
About the Author:
Lyn is a freelance web journalist and the Community Advocate at Yahoo! Contributor Network She's also the founder of Write W.A.V.E. Media, parent company to LifeSuccessfully.com and several others. She enjoys helping freelance writers succeed and supports advocacy through journalism. Lyn has been published all over the web with major media companies, as well as smaller businesses and organizations. Contact Lyn for guidance in the world of freelance writing.
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Lyn Lomasi & Richard Rowell are life & business partners. Owners of the Write W.A.V.E. Media network, they are your content superheroes to the rescue! Running their network, tackling deadlines single handedly, and coaching fellow writers & entrepreneurs to be thought leaders is their top priority. While rescuing civilians from boring content and marketing, they also conquer the world, living the RV life with their awesomely crazy family and telling The Nova Skye Story. They also strive to one day cuddle with lions and giraffes. Until then, they’ll settle for furry rescue kitties and doggies.
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