It’s easy to make dogs happy. Try giving them a delicious treat, squeaky toy or a good belly rub and you might even give them zoomies. But do you know what the majority of dogs probably love the most? Sticks! No matter how small or large, canines just can’t stroll past a good piece of wood without grabbing it. The best part about sticks? They are sturdy enough and won’t get chewed up fast, they are easy to carry and so much fun when the owner throws them. If you’ve ever seen a dog with a stick, you’ll know exactly how happy it makes them.
A 59-year-old dog owner named Andrew Taylor knows it very well. His dog’s excitement about sticks brought him an interesting idea. The crafty man decided to create a ‘stick library’ and place it in the park so all local dogs could borrow a stick to play with. “Our dog Bella had become a stick lover because she ripped to shreds any balls or toys,” said Taylor’s daughter Tayla.
The man who lives in Kaiapoi, New Zealand, collected quite a few sticks after trimming trees at the side of his house. He sanded them to make them smooth and clean for the dogs, then proceeded to make a box to put the twigs in.
He engraved the box with “Stick Library” encouraging people to return them once their dog is done playing. “He decided to call it the stick library because it implied that you return the stick once you’re finished with it,” Taylor’s daughter explained.
After the box was put in the park, Tayla even invited people to attend a meeting to try out out the new box. Around 50 people with their pets showed up.