DIY Dog Toy – Valentine’s Gift Basket for the Pup!


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I know I have shared a lot about Chickadee on the blog lately, but to be honest she wasn’t our first baby. Four years ago THIS weekend we picked up our first child in Alabama. Sweet Max. We adopted him when he was about two years old and fell in love immediately. He is definitely still a big part of our family although he will probably be the first to admit that being a BIG brother isn’t all we cracked it up to be. And although he doesn’t get all our attention anymore we still love spoiling him every now and then! Valentine’s Day in a few weeks is the perfect time to do just that.

Since we brought Chickadee home from the hospital 15 months ago we have been trying to endear her to Max. I must be honest and say he isn’t the biggest fan of being her playtime buddy (she did after all invade his home and steal a lot of his one on one time!). But we keep praying he’ll come around. One suggestion from the vet was for Chickadee to help when we feed Max and give him treats….thinking maybe this will help him view her in a better light! So we decided to put him together a little treat basket for her to give him for Valentine’s Day including a few of his favorite treats from Milo’s Kitchen & Milkbone. 


While at Walmart the other day I grabbed these little steak griller treats, a container of dog bones, and a few toys for the basket! We also included a deer antler, which is fabulous because they last forever & they always seem to calm Max down when he needs a little solo time.


I also decided to make a homemade dog toy for our big boy. And YOU can too!


All you’ll need are an old towel (a piece of fleece would work great too), an empty water bottle, and some ribbon.


Start by removing the water bottle label, top, and little plastic ring. Next, cut your towel so that the length of the towel is long enough to wrap around the bottle and overlap about three inches. 


After wrapping up the water bottle, cut the edges with about 3 inches extra length on either end. Then tie TIGHTLY with a ribbon.

I know it isn’t quite Valentine’s, but I already let Max preview his basket. The Milo’s Kitchen and Milkbone treats were obviously a hit. I will admit Max wasn’t so sure about this new DIY toy at first, but once he took his first bite and heard that crinkly sound of the water bottle, he was hooked!


So do you include your pups in your Valentine’s celebration? #TreatThePups


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