Making the Pocket Critter Interactive Dog Toy

When I set out to design the Pocket Critter Toy, I zeroed in on creating something that would give dogs a mental challenge — a problem to solve — in order to get a treat. Rather than handing a dog a biscuit for sitting, with this toy the dog would have to nose around until they discovered the treats, then figure out how to get the treats out. The timeless-yet-cuddly materials I wanted the interactive toy to be soft and cuddly. So with this in mind, I focused on choosing fabrics that would be thick and strong yet soft and…

Designing the Pocket Critter interactive dog toy

When we got the DNA test results for our dog, Pipsqueak, we learned she’s part Jack Russell Terrier. And terriers like to participate in earthdog trials, where they use their keen sense of smell to hunt down little rodents (typically a rat in the trials). This fascinated me to no end, but our dog is shy and likes to stick close to home. So when she snatched up a little stuffed javelina toy that had tumbled onto the floor one day, we were delighted. To her, it looked like a little rodent — her terrier instincts were kicking in! We…

Solving life’s little problems

Among our we-just-adopted-a-dog supply run was a pouch to hold clean-up bags. And it wasn’t good. So I set out to design a better solution and created this little Dopp-kit-like zip pouch. It’s so much nicer to use and I’m always prepared at walk time. When something doesn’t work, I like to fix it. That’s how the Road Trip Leash Pouch was born. Check out the leash pouches available in my shop >