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Food Toy Fun

Sometimes we can’t always meet the exercise needs of our dogs, so when you can’t exercise the body, try exercising the mind instead. There’s all kinds of ways to do this, including good old obedience training in the house, but another thing that most dogs likeKibble Nibble is interacting with a food toy.

There are some great commercially available food toys, such as the Kong Wobbler, the Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble from PetSafe, or a number of puzzle toys and slow feeders. all of which make the dogs work for their dinner.

If you’re not ready to invest in these options, there are also a number of ways that you can make your own food toy to give the idea a try. All of these ideas should be used under your supervision, since not all the hand-made toys are as durable as the commercial versions.

One of mBaxter-w-muffin-tin-smy dog’s favorite food toys is the muffin tin game. Simply take an old muffin tin, put a few pieces of kibble in the bottom of each muffin well and then cover each well with a tennis ball or other kind of ball. The dog has to lift the ball out of the well in order to get to the kibble. Once they clear all the balls, refill the muffin tin and start again.

Another idea is to cut some holes in a sour cream or yogurt container. Be sure to file down any sharp edges. Put the dog’s dinner in the container, replace the lid, and then stand back as the dog rolls the container around in order to get the kibble to come out.

A similar idea is to cut holes in a cardboard shipping box, interlace the flaps shut and let your dog move the box around to get to the kibble. If this is too challenging for your dog, make the holes bigger and along the bottom of the box. Vary the size of the box and the placement of the holes to increase the challenge.

For an even greater challenge, you’ll need a used, clean peanut butter jar and a cardboard tube from a finished roll of paper towels. Drill roughly a dime sized hole in the lid of the jar and cut the cardboard tube to length so that two or three pieces fit in the jar. Fill each cardboard tube with kibble, screw the jar lid back on and then let your dog have at it. As your dog rolls around the jar, the kibble will dispense out of the top. If the kibble isn’t coming out easily enough, make the hole a bit bigger. Here’s a short video that demonstrates how to create this toy: dogfooddispenser.

As with anything new, introduce your dog to the game slowly and with encouragement. They may need your help in the beginning to figure out what they are suppose to do.

Getting Closer…

Now that the weather has been getting better, we’ve been able to move some things along that had been on hold over the winter. Tallman’s Tree Service was brought in to remove a few more trees around the front of the property to allow us to widen the driveway and increase the sight lines.

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Some nice warm days have allowed the exterior of the building to receive the second coat of paint that was needed. And at the end of April the tar pits opened up, which allowed Gifford’s Paving to come in and lay the asphalt down for the driveway and alongside the buildings. Now things are really starting to look good on the outside of the building.

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On the inside there is still more finishing work to be done, but quite a bit of progress has been made in the last six weeks. The interior is fully painted, the finish electric has been done, the plumbing is in, the floors are down (thanks Crazy Tom’s) and Ray has been working on the cherry bead board that dresses the checkout counter.

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Still on the to do list:

A railing along the side of the building for handicap access.

Stairs

Interior doors

Checkout countertop

Sealing the floors

Trimming out doors and windows

Baseboard tiling in the front half of the store

Landscaping

And about a dozen other things, but we’re getting there. No move date has been selected yet, but we’re hoping to be able to relocated the store sometime in June. Stay tuned for specifics.

Siding Goes On

Bill Lamb Construction has been on the job since late December installing the siding on the new store building. This time of year the conditions aren’t always favorable for working outside, so when there’s a good day, they’re out there making the most of it.

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Over the last couple days, Ray installed a new, weatherized door for the overnight care entrance. It still needs framed out and finished, but it will be preserving a lot more inside heat than the old, single pane slider door that use to be there.

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