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I consider myself very lucky that my sisters are my best friends and two of them live in town. My sister, Alice, is a talented photographer and when she has an all day shoot, I give her dogs a mid-day break.
Her dogs, Darla and Franny, are two of the nicest dogs you could hope to meet! I love her dogs, and I want to treat them to be happy this holiday season. Her girls definitely expect me to give them a treat every time I see them.
Alice takes them on walks weather permitting, but I wanted to give some things to keep them entertained when the weather isn’t cooperative. Winters can be pretty harsh around here, so it is important to keep dogs entertained and busy inside. A tired dog is a happy dog!
I made these cute snowman toys for dogs with a few simple items that most dog lovers have around the house. Never leave your dog unattended with homemade toys. This toy is not intended for strong chewers! For a more durable DIY toy, check out our DIY t-shirt chew toy.
white sock (tube or crew)
tennis balls (squeaky ones are more fun)
scissors or cutting utensil
optional: shoestring or ribbon (for scarf)
First, put a tennis ball in the sock and push it down to the bottom of the sock.
Add the second tennis ball, then, tie a string around the sock just above the first ball. Cut off the excess string.
Tie above the second tennis ball, don’t worry if the heel is showing.
Fold sock over itself, then tie.
If using long socks, you may need to repeat this process again.
Tie top of the sock with string, it should resemble a peanut.
Next, fold the top of the sock over to make a cap.
Now tie a scarf, and voilà it is a snowman!
Finally, draw a snowman face with a permanent marker. I considered using felt for the facial features, but worried dogs would ingest or choke on the felt pieces.
Franny and Darla appreciated the snowmen, but their eyes really lit up when they saw the other treats I brought.
I picked up treats at WalMart in the Pet Care aisle and made the tug toy.
The PEDIGREE® Marrobone® Mini Beef Flavor Dog Snacks are a good size to put in a rubber food puzzle toy. You can also hide one under the snowman’s hat. I like that they are made in the USA and Canada.
I also picked up a special treat for Franny: a large PEDIGREE® JUMBONE™.
Franny was so excited, she didn’t even wait for the okay to start chewing. Darla, however, worked really hard and maintained self-control.
Franny loved her decadent treat!
I’d love to know what you’re giving your dog for the holidays or “just because!” You can find some great ideas here. If you need small gifts or stocking stuffers, Walmart has a fun holiday stocking solver!
Thanks to Alice for the great photos!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits as well as business profiles and product photography.