Hands down, Falcor’s favorite thing in the whole world is a tennis ball. Unfortunately it’s somewhat hard to adequately play with a tennis ball in my townhouse so he’s tragically forced to play with other toys. Some of his favorite back-ups include plastic water bottles he steals out of the recycling bin and stuffed animals which he immediately de-stuffes then carries around for weeks. (Think I’m kidding about his love of these items? Notice his presence in the background of every picture in this post.) Obviously the former are free and the latter I pick up at thrift stores and nowadays preemptively de-stuff to keep him from swallowing fluff.
A few weeks ago I took him to a friend’s house so he could play with her dog while the humans ate dinner and mocked the X Factor. Falcor immediately took to one of his buddy’s toys, something called a bottle buddy, which featured a de-stuffed animal with a plastic water bottle inside. I knew he needed to have one at our house but of course I didn’t want to spend $8 on something I figured I could make myself. So I grabbed a thrift store stuffed animal, an dried out empty plastic water bottle, scissors, a seam ripper, a needle and some thread.
Meet Tigger who’s about to really regret that I brought him home with me. First I ripped out a seam far enough to make a medium sized hole in a very unfortunate place.
Start to rip out the stuffing before encountering an electronic thing-a-ma-jig that used to make Tigger’s candle light up. Cut it out and continue pulling out stuffing.
Next, slide the plastic bottle inside and feel vaguely guilty about exactly where you made that hole. Also note to self to buy a longer stuffed animal less time. Sew the hole closed.
Momentarily enjoy your hour’s worth of work.
Give to your dog and attempt to take a good picture but fail due to all the flailing.
Fifteen minutes later admire the carcass of your creation and be glad you didn’t spend $8 on dog toy.