It's not difficult to make a dog happy. A tummy rub, a ball and best of all... a good stick usually does the job. However, finding a good stick can be a little tricky, you need luck to be on your side that day. Andrew Taylor made a few dog owner's lives a little easier by creating a 'stick library' for pups in the mood to play.
The residents of Kaiapoi, New Zealand, received a nice surprise when they saw the new institution set in place, which was basically a wooden box that says 'stick library' on it. Thankfully, Andrew went the extra mile.
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When he was trimming his trees by his house, he thought to himself 'who would love these branches I just cut off and am about to throw to the trash'? The answer was simple... DOGS! He then cut and sanded the branches until they were perfect for a four-legged fluffy friend. According to his daughter, Tayla Reece, this kind of creative good deed is typical behavior for her dad.
She explained that "Our dog Bella had become a stick lover because she ripped to shreds any balls or toys. While trimming the trees, my dad found himself with a lot of dead branches and knowing from experience how hard it can be to find a good stick, and that the new dog park was opening soon, he had the idea that he would save them and put them in some kind of box. When the park opened on November 30, mum and dad took Bella and sure enough there were no good sticks. Dad is the type of guy that is always thinking of things to make, so the next day he found a suitable crate and made the sign for the top.
He decided to call it 'the stick library' because it implied that you return the stick once you're finished with it."
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Needless to say, it proved to be very popular amongst dogs and their owners and after Tayla took a video which didn't take long to go viral.
"I first shared the video to our Kaiapoi Residents Noticeboard on social media, where people thought it was a really awesome idea and shared pictures of their own dogs saying thank you or heading down and using the stick library. Shortly after that, I made an event asking people to meet me at the dog park on December 11 to celebrate the stick library and get some photos. Approximately 50 people turned up with their dogs and one guy even brought his cat. As people started to arrive there was a disbelief of how simple the idea was, but it's one of those ideas no one had thought of.
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All the dog owners appreciate it as they all have experienced the 'good stick search' which isn't always fruitful, it's an idea that just makes sense to them."