Why Dogs Of All Ages Need Toys

This blog post is sponsored by Tall Tails! No matter where we are in our travels, home is home. 

Tall Tails keeps our boys comfy on the go and makes them happy. That makes us happy. America’s Premier Provider of Super High Quality Washable Dog Blankets. High Quality Dog Toys, Washable Blankets & Beds. Shop online at www.talltailsdog.com

It’s no secret that many of us think of our dogs as our babies.

And although we love them like children, the truth is, they require many of the same mental and physical growth and stimulation to be a fulfilled individual.

Have you ever worked on a crossword puzzle to relax, or read a book for enjoyment? Dogs are no different. Even though they don’t care to read a book, they do need outlets for boredom and enjoyment. Toys provide that at all age levels for dogs.

When we adopted Brickle and Digby from the shelter, neither knew what a toy was or even what to do with them. Did we demonstrate? I admit I did! It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever done! They soon had their favorites, although they didn’t last so long. We actually had to put a sign by our door for guests not to leave their shoes out. Yes. They thought those were toys too!

So when Tall Tails sent us some toys for the boys, I was excited. We are particular on what dog toys we give them and have our own set of standards. The toys must be made from natural materials. The toys must be nontoxic with no artificial colors. Tall Tails fit all of these requirements.

But do dogs really need toys? Of course, toys are not needed for survival. But they provide benefits to dogs of all ages.

Puppies of course need something to chew on, or they will find something to chew on. The durable Natural Leather & Wool Toys from Tall Tails are perfect!

Whether your pup wants to play a rousing game of fetch, tug-of-war, or lightly nibble for a little while, Tall Tails toys use only sturdy natural materials and stitching to craft their toys. In addition, there are no toxic chemicals, artificial coloring, or simulated flavoring used in the making. If we spend the money to get our dogs toys, we believe they should last and be of the highest quality.

Digby knows many of you think that he is a Labrador Retriever! He is actually a rescue foxhound, so his new favorite toy from Tall Tails made us smile. A fox? You got it. What did the fox say? Digby loves him and even carries him outside.

Tall Tails Plush Toys w/ Squeaker are durable yet fun! he adventure indoors too! Throw, squeak, snuggle, repeat — this plush toy is made with you and your pup in mind. Their plushies make for paw-fect comforting companions. In addition, their squeakers are sewn into a separate pouch and stitched into the seam for extra protection.That’s best for Brickle…his fish won’t be destroyed anytime soon!

Yes. Brickle and Digby aren’t young puppies anymore. Some may even call them seniors! So why are dog toys important to seniors? Their favorite toys provide comfort and mental stimulation when they aren’t able to physically do as much as when they were younger. We like Tall Tails toys for seniors because many are brightly colored and the materials are varied. You wouldn’t want to do the same crossword puzzle every day. So give your seniors a choice. There are so many from Tall Tails to choose from! We think these may be the most impressive dog toys we have tested in terms of quality and attention to detail. That also makes them the perfect gift along with Brickle and Digby’s favorite Tall Tails blankets.

When our dogs are happy, we are happy. Seeing the boys ask for their blankets on a cold day and watching them relax with their favorite toys makes me feel like I am doing something right.

Tall Tails has put together a Gift Guide section within their website to provide customers with options for every budget. No matter what time of the year it is! That makes it easy to narrow down your choices. Digby says his choice after his nightly yogurt barktail is his blankie and fox!

Just like children deserve to grow into fulfilled individuals, so do our dogs. Give puppies toys and watch them grow. Then continue to keep your senior dog’s brain active. Every age of our dogs will bring challenges. But they are more than worth it. We thank Tall Tails for the care that has went into all their products!

A dog that has regular mental and physical stimulation is a happy dog, and happy dogs have very happy owners. Who’s up for a game of fetch?

Head on over to www.tailtailsdog.com to start shopping today! And don’t forget to visit and to “like” their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram!

Rachael Johnson, Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this post is #sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own. 

Let’s Get Lost

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Have you ever felt lost? Have you ever been lost?

As we were walking in the forest here at Cedars Of Lebanon State Park, we followed the path of many trails.

There are lots of trails here to choose from. So many in fact, it’s important that you watch the signs and take notice of the colors that have been painted on the trees. Each trail has a different color. So if you lose your way, you can look for the colors. But what happens if you can’t actually find the colors on the trees? Then what?

That’s what happened to us yesterday. We got off the trail to take a picture, and when we went to continue to our hike, we couldn’t tell where we were or where the trail started. Everything looked the same.

That’s when Girl Person said we needed to take a breath and just sit still for a moment and think. There are a lot of sinkholes around here too. And you have to be more than careful. If you fall, you are gonna be stuck down there for awhile. And if you’re like Girl Person, you may have forgotten to charge your phone.

But once we sat there for a moment, and stopped worrying that we were lost, we looked up. We looked around. We were all alone except for the trees and the forest. We were able to hear ourselves breathe. The sky seemed bluer. The forest seemed more alive. Everything was vivid and real. And we knew that even though we were lost, we had found a bit of peace. And we were happy to be lost.

Even though being lost made us feel more alive and grateful, we knew we couldn’t stay lost forever. We had breakfast to eat. So we concentrated. It seemed we were better able to do that once we had regrouped. And we finally found our way again.

Yes. We had lost time, and breakfast was a bit later. But we weren’t sorry about it. Being lost may seem like a mistake sometimes. Just like when we feel lost in life. The persons have been feeling like that lately. Very lost. So lost that they find it impossible to get back on track. Have you ever felt like that?

Life has a way of twisting and turning and leading us on paths we don’t want to be on. Sometimes we do get lost and we can’t find our way. We all have those times.

Don’t feel you are alone. What can lead you back to where you truly want to go? You only know that. So stop. Get lost so you can find your way again.

It may be scary and hard. It may cause you to doubt your strength. But you have it. We all do. Find it.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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