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I’ve heard recently that prices in local op shops (opportunity shops) and secondhand stores are on the rise with a trend towards ‘shabby chic’ and ‘vintage’ clothes.

Another trend is ‘re-purposing’ – taking a textile garment and making it into something else for an entirely different purpose.  For example, a friend ‘re-purposed’ a flannel onesie into a dog coat for Izzy.

Earlier this year, at summer camp (northern hemisphere summer), the kids of Southwest Airlines employees re-purposed a heap of old Southwest Airlines t-shirts.  They made them into dog toys for Texas-based animal shelter Operation Kindness!

Southwest Airlines t-shirt

The outdated t-shirts from Southwest Airlines became…

T-shirt dog toys

…700 dog toys!

(Photos courtesy of Operation Kindness Facebook page)

Operation Kindness logo








What a great summer camp project – the kids learned to recycle and supported a good cause, too.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wordless Wednesday, part 52

Thanks for the toys and the newspaper Oct 2014Blog Hop

Darla’s story – what every owner needs to understand about dog toys

This video comes via the Center for Pet Safety, a registered 501(c)3 research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal and consumer safety.

Darla was the victim of a poorly designed dog toy purchased at Walmart by her unsuspecting owner.  Darla ingested nylon fabric that wrapped around her tongue and proceeded into her digestive tract causing peritonitis.  She fought for her life for over 3 days before losing her battle.

You can read Darla’s story by clicking on this link.

Dog owners must understand that dog toys are not subject to recalls and the burden of proof and legal remedies rest with the dog owner in cases like these.

I’m sharing this story to spread the word about this dog toy and to remind everyone to be careful in their selection of toys.  Toys sold at discount retailers are particularly suspect, such as those in New Zealand that are imported from China and are not well made and use paints and dyes that clearly rub off when being chewed.

Read Darla’s  story and then give your dog a hug – and promise to keep them safe from deadly toys.