Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pooches: On Dogs and Minimalism

As we were getting rid of things when we were getting ready to sell our condo, we had to make some difficult decisions about what to do with the pups' things and be really selective about which things would stay and which would be sent to storage.
We knew we had to pack up much of Mr B's collection of stuffies, but we weren't sure how he was going to feel about it:
We let Mr. B decide which stuffy he wanted to keep in the house. Characteristically he choose the giant pink heart. While we thought he would miss his other toys, Mr. B seemed fine just carrying his one toy. He was always searching it out and carrying it around with him.
So when we moved into our home we thought Mr. B would be excited to be reunited with all of his toys. But we realized, he doesn't really need all of his toys. He just grabs whichever one is closest, and loses interest so now we have toys scattered allover our house. 
Which made us realize that maybe we should be more minimalist.

Maybe we just keep buying Mr. B toys to make ourselves happy while Mr. B is happy enough with just his one toy?
How many toys do you think a pup really needs?

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13 comments:

Sam said...

I'll admit we have multiple toys that I rotate - that way there is a load of toys in the washer, toys stored away, and toys out for them to play with. We rotate them and the pups always think they are getting new toys. It works out pretty well.

Monty and Harlow

KS said...

We just adopted a second dog (foster failed, actually), and have realized that the only toy that matters is the one that one of them is currently chewing. We could have three identical bones, two Kongs, and an Everlasting Treatball all scattered around the dining room, and they'll still spend the entire day stealing just ONE item back and forth from each other.

Two French Bulldogs said...

They better not get rid of any of your stuffies
Lily & Edward

Rachel @ My Two Pitties said...

I love that Mr B carries his stuffie around and hangs out with it. Kaya just rips them up and Norman ignores them. I stopped buying them toys a long time ago. Kaya loves a tennis ball and for some reason Norman loves a broken tennis ball.

Stayzz said...

my pits love to carry around stuffed toys two however we really only have two toys for our dogs.

Teak has his big red Kong ball
and Jetta gets a huge rope toy that they tend to share anyways

toys are pretty minimal in our house but that's probably because we have way to many kid toys to really think about the dog toys - and most toys we buy teak destroys right away. haha.

Amy Jo said...

We have an entire toy box full of dog toys. Which is silly because neither of the dogs can get to anything on the bottom so they only ever grab whatever is the last toy to be thrown on top. My husband has said that whenever I buy a new toy, I need to discard of an old one...it obviously hasn't happened!!!

Lisa said...

Leroy has a ball that leaks, a hot dog, and a plastic 2L bottle. But if he gets a paperboard or cardboard box? Game over and I have a mess to clean.

Baltimore Purrs and Wags said...

OOOHHHH, I cannot *wait* to hear about your new adventures in the new neighborhood! Will there be feral cats to terrorize Mr. B? With more space, does Ms. M still treat Mr. B like furniture? Will you be fostering? Lots of pictures please!

maddeelou said...

I am impressed by Mr. B's toy collection. Baxter is the ultimate Destruct-A-Bull and no soft toy lasts more than 5 minutes with him.

ohmelvin.com said...

That pile of stuffies is pretty impressive! Jake has a ton of stuffies too but I think he'd be fine with one. I just like shopping!

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

We thinks dogs need a lot of toys so they do not get bored. That way the favoritest toy doesn't wear out as fast either because you can encourage play with other toys.

It's fun to see their cute faces when a toy they haven't played with in forever comes out.

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Mr. B did you get your tepee back????

K-Koira said...

I've been debating clearing out our dog toy collection as well. I've already cleared out quite a few of our collars and leashes and harnesses. Other than multiple Kongs, which are useful for stuffing and freezing, the dogs don't really need more than a few toys- a few for chewing on, and a few for playing with.

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