In the past, we’ve written several times about purchasing children’s toys at thrift stores and garage sales and turning them into dog toys. Remove the eyes (often they can be pulled out with pliers) and any other choking hazards (watch for hard plastic noses) and loose parts and you’ll have an inexpensive dog toy.
But there’s one more item to watch for: plastic pellets. A growing number of children’s toys are filled with small, hard plastic pellets used to weigh down the stuffed animal so it will sit upright. Often the pellets will only be found in the seat of the animal; other times, you’ll also find them at the end of the stuffed arms and legs.
The pellets are numerous! Recently our dogs had a toy frog with an interior box that made ribbit sounds. We’d pulled out the hard plastic eyes and thought, with supervision, the toy was fine for the dogs to enjoy. It only took minutes, though, for Irie to rip into the frog and find a packet of plastic pellets we’d missed!
We thought that we’d completely unstuff the toy … and quickly found out just how many places those hard plastic pellets can hide! Instead, we pulled out the talking box, put it inside one of their favorite chenille stuffed animals (sans eyes and nose). Now we have the only cat that ribbits!