Homemade Dog Treats – Only Two Ingredients!

RadioFence.com Homemade Dog TreatsBaby food and flour. That’s all you need to make an easy, yummy, and healthy treat that your dogs will love! What could be easier? 

Dog treats are expensive! And it’s close to impossible to find ones that don’t have chemicals and hormones that can harm our dogs. These treats are organic, take just a few minutes to prepare, and only cost $3.38 for 120 treats! Who said eating organic is more expensive? 

Baby Food Dog Treats - So Easy!
Yields 120
Only 2 ingredients and less than $4.00 to make 120 treats in just minutes!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 4oz jars of baby food
  2. 2 C whole wheat flour
  1. Combine the two jars of baby food and two cups of flour into a mixing bowl and mix until dough it formed
  2. Roll dough out into desired thickness - I rolled it out to about 1/4" thickness
  3. Use a cookie cutter to create treats, or tear quarter sized pieces from the dough for quicker, misshapen treats
  4. Place treats on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  1. Make sure you are aware of what human foods are toxic to dogs and read the baby food label to make sure it doesn't contain any toxic ingredients
  2. I used organic baby good and organic whole wheat flour for 100% organic treats
  3. You can use regular flour, coconut flour, brown rice flour, etc - just make sure you read the instructions on the flour label to see if you need to adjust the measurements
Adapted from Daily Dish Recipes
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Step 1: Choose Your Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 2  4oz jars of baby food
  • 2 cups of flour (your choice of type)

This step of choosing your ingredients is actually very important. As you’ve read in my previous posts, there are many human foods that are poisonous to dogs, and it’s very important that we watch what they eat so they don’t ingest any of them. When you buy your baby food check the label for the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain any that could harm your dog. 

RadioFence.com Homemade Dog Treats - Only 2 Ingredients!We buy all organic food, so I chose organic chicken and brown rice baby food plus a jar of organic sweet potato baby food. The type of flour you’d like to use can be your choice. I usually bake gluten free for the dogs by using coconut flour, but I chose to use whole wheat this time. You can use regular flour, rice flour, coconut flour, etc. Just follow the guidelines on the bag for converting from regular flour to whatever kind you use if it applies. 

Step 2: Mix Your Ingredients In No Time

RadioFence.com Homemade Baby Food Dog TreatsMeasurements:

  • 2  4oz cans of baby food
  • 2 C flour

It’s that easy! Just dump the two cans of baby food out into the bowl, measure your two cups of flour, and add that to the mixture. I stirred my ingredients with a spoon until they were properly mixed and ended up with a slightly sticky dough that held together beautifully. My terrible baking curse may be over! 

Step 3: Roll The Dough

RadioFence.com Homemade Dog Treats Using Baby Food

I loved how easy the dough was to roll – with other recipes I had to flatten the dough by hand because it was the wrong consistency. 

RadioFence.com homemade dog treatsHowever thin you want to roll your dough is up to you. The thinner the dough, the crispier the treat. I rolled mine out to be about 1/4″ or thinner.

Step 4: Make Your Shapes

RadioFence.com homemade treatsIf you’re feeling creative you can use a cookie cutter to make your treats into shapes. It’s the only time consuming part of this recipe, so if you want to keep it short and sweet from beginning to end you can speed up the process by just tearing pieces off into quarter-sized portions. 

RadioFence.com homemade dog treatsYou can see that I started out ambitious and cut most of my dough into stars, but at the end when I only had a little bit of dough left I just tore off misshapen pieces. They all are going to taste the same, and the dogs will eat them so quickly they won’t pay attention to the pretty shape anyway. 

Step 5: Bake!

RadioFence.com homemade dog treatsThis is another part of the recipe that can changed depending on your dog’s preference. I baked mine at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and had a semi-crunchy treat with a softer center. If you’d like them to be crunchier, bake longer. And if you’d like them to be softer, bake for a shorter time. I was pleasantly surprised to count 120 treats that all fit on just two baking sheets! I can’t think of any recipe I’ve tried where I made that many treats so quickly with only two pans in the oven. 

Final Step: Enjoy!

Zoey from RadioFence.com Homemade Dog TreatsZoey was the first to approve the new treats. She loved them! 

RadioFence.com Homemade Dog Treats Laci Getting A TasteLaci was quick to jump in front of Zoey to snag a taste. She went nuts over the treats!

RadioFence.com Pet Products JemJem’s hound dog nose told her these treats were worth a try, and she couldn’t get enough!

RadioFence.com Pet Products Jem and Laci Homemade Dog TreatsThere’s nothing more satisfying than making a treat for my dogs in my own kitchen with ingredients I can trust at a price that can’t be matched by store-bought treats. What a great day!

Other Amazing Homemade Dog Treats:

Easter Dangers That Can Poison Your Dog

 RadioFence.com Easter Dangers That Could Poison Your DogEaster is a great time of year full of egg hunts, bright spring flowers, yummy chocolate bunnies, baskets full of goodies, and fun family dinners. But for your dog, there are many things we enjoy that can really harm him from the food you prepare to the flowers you decorate with. Yes, there really are spring flowers that are poisonous to dogs! And they’re some of the most popular ones you see this time of year. 

Jem from RadioFence.com smelling the spring flowersPoisonous Spring Flowers 

I was so surprised to learn that some of the most common spring flowers are actually poisonous to dogs! Laci seems to eat anything she can get ahold of when she explores outside, and the other dogs are just as curious. I’m so glad I know now that I need to watch out for these flowers in the spring time and make sure they don’t ingest them!

Vets Now warns us to look out for poisonous Spring plants and flowers. These include:

  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Spring bulbs
  • Azaleas

RadioFence dogs avoid spring flowers because they're poisonous!I went to our local grocery store, Publix, to buy my Easter goodies and easily found all of these flowers, so they’re definitely popular this time of year! That means we have to be extra careful to keep these plants out of reach for our dogs if we buy them, or avoid bringing them home altogether. If you’re out for a walk with your dog or visiting a friend’s house and spot these plants, make sure to keep your dog away from them.  Jem from RadioFence.com curious about the Spring flowersSigns that your dog may have ingested a poisonous plant include:

  • Excessive salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • “Drunk” symptoms

If your dog isn’t acting normal or has any of these symptoms, you need to take her to the vet as soon as possible. 

Poisonous Easter Candy

Easter baskets almost always have some kind of candy in them whether it’s chocolate, jelly beans, or sugary sweets.

RadioFence.com dogs exploring their Easter BasketAs dog parents, it’s vitally important that we familiarize ourselves with the foods that are poisonous to dogs. During the Easter holiday, the most common ones to worry about are:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins in your fruit bowls and baked goods
  • Macadamia nuts when you’re making cookies
  • Yeast dough for baking
  • Xylitol in candy

Jem and Zoey from RadioFence.com love Easter!I would say that Xylitol is probably the poisonous ingredient that dog parents overlook the most or are unaware of. It’s an artificial sweetener that can hide in many foods that you may not think could hurt your dog. Be extra careful leaving any sugar candies or chocolates within your dog’s reach and teach children that these sweets are for humans only and not to share with a begging dog. And never underestimate a dog’s will to climb on the furniture to reach a sweet treat that she isn’t allowed to have! 

Dog-Proof Your Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt is the perfect opportunity for a dog to sneak and indulge in sweets and candies that are poisonous to him.

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com love Easter egg hunts!Unless you’re compulsive about counting how many eggs you hide and making sure all of them were found, chances are a few are going to be forgotten and left behind.

Jem from RadioFence.com on an Easter egg huntYour dog is sure to find these, and from my personal experience the dogs had no problem opening the eggs and getting the treat that’s inside. It’s scary to think that your dog could eat candy that’s poisonous to him so easily and you wouldn’t know it until he becomes ill and shows symptoms. 

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com on an Easter egg huntIf you’re having an Easter egg hunt with dogs around, the easiest and safest way to avoid any complications is just to fill the eggs with items that are safe for them to ingest. Rather than filling the eggs with chocolate that could make your dog sick and melt in the sun or candy that can spoil and poison your dog, fill them with cute little trinkets that kids will enjoy finding just as much as candy. Then you can reward the kids with candy later if you wish. The fun part of an Easter egg hunt is searching for the eggs anyways, so what you fill them with won’t change that!

Buddy from RadioFence.com's first Easter with us!We put our homemade dog treats in our Easter eggs and set them up specifically for the dogs to have their very own Easter egg hunt, and they loved it! Definitely a fun Easter activity for the whole family to do as a tradition from year to year. 

Our new rescue dog Buddy that you see in the picture above is spending his first Easter with our family, and he acted like he couldn’t be happier! He was such a ham for the camera and acted like he was a famous model – it was so funny that I wish I had it on video! I’m so happy he loves participating in the blog just as much as Zoey, Jem, and Laci!



Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats

RadioFence.com Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Our dogs love the store bought sweet potato dog treats. But I can’t ignore my realization that we could save a ton of money by making our own homemade dehydrated sweet potatoes for them. Plus, homemade means I can control where the sweet potatoes come from. I can get organic ones from our local farm for less than I spend on the store bought bag of treats!

Organic sweet potatoes make the best dog treats!With all of the controversy recently over treats making dogs sick, I love the fact that homemade treats are free of preservatives, fillers, chemicals, and any other unnecessary additives. I know my dogs will benefit most from the treats that come out of my own kitchen, and these treats are so easy to make with only one ingredient – organic sweet potatoes!

Our RadioFence.com dogs love homemade dog treats!Our dogs are intrigued by anything that they think is “human food.” When I brought the sweet potatoes out, they were immediately zoned in on getting a taste before they even knew what it was.

Our RadioFence.com dogs love homemade sweet potato treats!Before I make any new homemade dog treat recipes for them, I place the ingredients in front of them to see if they approve to spark their curiosity. I barely got the sweet potatoes on the floor before they snatched them up and ran off to devour them!

Jem from RadioFence.com loves sweet potatoes!Sweet potatoes are so sweet on their own that they don’t need anything else added for dogs to approve of them as a favorite treat. Our dogs didn’t even require them dehydrated before they were obsessed!

Laci from RadioFence.com loves sweet potatoes!Imagine how much they’ll love them once they are cooked!

Step 1: Tools You’ll Need

We have a food dehydrator, but if you don’t own one you can easily dehydrate the sweet potatoes in your oven. I’ll demonstrate how to dehydrate the treats using an oven today so everyone can try these wonderful treats. 

Step 2: Choose The “Perfect Potatoes”

Choose the best sweet potatoes: choose ones that are similar in size so they will cook at the same rate.

Step 3: Wash, Dry, and Cut The Sweet Potatoes

My pups were trying to be thoughtful and figured that “washing” the potatoes meant using their tongues and teeth to scrape the bad parts off the potatoes. Thanks for the help guys! Aren’t they the sweetest?

Jem cleaning the potatoes with her tongue!If you’re going to cut the potatoes into strips by hand, the first step is to cut the top of the potato to create a flat surface to rest on the counter to stabilize it for cutting the strips.

RadioFence.com cut the top off the potatoCut the rest of the potatoes into 1/3″-1/4″ thick slices. You can use a mandolin for easier, more precise cuts and set the measurement to exactly 1/4″ if you’re a perfectionist! 

Cut the potatoes with a mandolin or knifeYou can also use a food processor to cut your strips if you don’t have a mandolin. I decided to make my treats 1.4″ thick using the mandolin so they would be crunchy.

RadioFence.com - Cut the sweet potatoes into strips

Step 4: Bake For 3 Hours

Baking instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Place treats on a cookie sheet
  • Bake for 1.5 hours
  • Flip the treats
  • Bake for another 1.5 hours for a total of 3 hours. 

RadioFence.com Bake the sweet potatoes for three hoursBaking the sweet potatoes for 3 hours will create a nice and crunchy treat. If you think your dog would rather have a chewier, softer snack then bake them for less time.

Yummy sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comThey may be slightly soft when they first come out of the oven, so let them cool completely before you serve them to your doggies.

Zoey and Jem from RadioFence.com patiently waiting for their sweet potato treat

Step 5: Enjoy!

Our dogs went crazy for the sweet potatoes before they were dehydrated into a yummy crunchy snack… so I expected them to freak out when they finally came out of the oven.

Our dogs from RadioFence.com couldn't wait for the sweet potatoes to be done!Zoey is usually the most reserved of the bunch and patiently waits her turn while the others act frantic, but I was shocked to see her react the craziest over these treats! 

Zoey from RadioFence.com freaks out for sweet potato treats!Jem was patient and let Laci and Zoey get most of the treats, but she wasn’t shy for long and jumped at the chance to try the treats. She was so crazy over them that I couldn’t catch her picture!

Jem from RadioFence.com loves sweet potatoes!The dogs would be so polite and patient for a second as I reached for another treat…

RadioFence dogs patiently waiting for their treatsBut the anticipation was killing them and they couldn’t resist any longer…

Laci and Zoey love sweet potato dog treats!They went NUTS over these treats and couldn’t keep their composure!

Zoey and Laci going crazy for sweet potato treats!Zoey has never been this excited over a treat in her entire life!

Zoey from RadioFence.com loves sweet potatoes!Jem couldn’t even enjoy her treat in peace without Zoey hot on her tail trying to snag it…

Zoey trying to steal Jem's treat!After seeing how much the dogs loved these treats, they will now be a regular staple in our household for years to come! They’re simple, inexpensive, easy to make, and the dogs couldn’t be happier. Plus they’re so healthy! 

The RadioFence.com clan loves sweet potato treats!Store the dehydrated treats in the refrigerator and discard them after 3 weeks – although there’s no way these yummy treats will last sitting in our refrigerator that long with these hungry hounds! If you want to store them for longer, you can freeze them for up to 4 months.

Why Are Sweet Potatoes So Healthy For Pups?

Sweet Potatoes have the highest amino acid content of any starch which are essential to your dog for maintaining healthy, strong, lean muscles. The high fiber content is great for the digestive system. They also have increase antioxidant activity in your dog’s body which are needed to get rid of free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases. Sweet potatoes also get rid of fatty cells in the liver and help keep other vital organs healthy. Wow! I feel great knowing that this simple homemade treat will have such great lasting health effects on my dogs!

Easy Dehydrated Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats
One of the purest, healthiest treats you can give your dog - and so easy to make that you'll never buy them from the store again!
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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  1. Organic Sweet Potatoes: choose potatoes that are all similar in size so they will cook at the same rate, and buy as many as you think your dogs can eat!
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. If you cut the potatoes by hand: Cut off one piece of the potato to create a flat surface to rest on the counter and stabilize it for cutting the slices. Cut the pieces into 1/3"-1/4" thick slices.
  3. If you're using a mandolin: You can use a mandolin for easier, more precise cuts and set the measurement to exactly 1/4"
  4. Place the strips on one or more baking sheets
  5. Place in the oven, bake for 1.5 hours
  6. Flip the sweet potatoes and bake for another 1.5 hours for a total of three hours
  7. If you think your dog would rather have a crunchier treat, bake for longer.
  8. Let cool, and enjoy!
  1. The lower the temperature of your oven, the longer they will need to bake. If you bake them at 175 degrees, they can bake for up to 8 hours.
  2. Store treats in the refrigerator - discard them after 3 weeks
  3. You can freeze them for up to 4 months
Adapted from Dogington Post
Adapted from Dogington Post
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The Shelter Dog That Changed Our Lives Forever- Who Rescued Who?

Buddy from RadioFence.com They say things in life come full circle. Everything happens for a reason. You don’t choose your fate, it chooses you. And most importantly, never say “never.”

There are times in our lives when surprises, big or small, come our way unannounced with no warning. We make plans and imagine our future only to find it can all change in an instant, and our lives take a different course that we never saw coming. Things we “never” imagined for ourselves turn out to be the blessings in our lives that we’re most thankful for and never knew we needed. 

The surprising “never” of our family’s fate walked into our lives on four legs, covered in fleas and ticks, malnourished, battered and bruised, with a heart of gold and a tail that has never stopped wagging since the moment we met him. 

Buddy from RadioFence.com Pet ProductsI was driving to a doctors appointment one Wednesday afternoon when a dog that reminded me of Jem walked across the road right in front of my car. I quickly pulled over to check if he had an ID tag for me to call his home. When I jumped out to look for him, I couldn’t find him anywhere! I was so worried that I missed my opportunity to reunite him with his family. After no luck finding him, I got back into my car and shut the door. In my rear-view mirror I saw big brown eyes staring back and me and heard the sound of a tail thumping against the seat. I had left my car door open when I was looking for him, and he jumped in!

Buddy from RadioFence.com Pet ProductsHe chose me. I couldn’t believe how fateful it felt that he walked in front of my car and then made his choice to jump on in to join me on whatever road was ahead of us both.

Buddy from RadioFence.com looking forward to a new futureMy first impression of him was “wag more, bark less.” He was such a sweet, quiet, gentle, obedient, and overly happy boy who never stopped wagging his tail. His unwavering positivity was so inspiring because I would expect a dog in his condition to be as emotionally damaged on the inside as he appeared to be on the outside, but he acted like he was the luckiest and most grateful boy in the world just to be alive and in the care of someone who could potentially give him a future. 

He didn’t have a collar or ID tag, the vet didn’t find a micro chip, and Animal Control and the shelters had no reports of a missing dog that matched his description. He was officially a stray without immediate hope of a family.

Buddy from RadioFence.com on a walkI have seen lots of success stories on Facebook of pets being reunited, so I posted his picture with a description of where I found him and his traits such as gender, size, condition, and the fact that he had not been neutered.

Introducing Buddy To The Pack

I brought him home and hesitantly introduced him to Zoey, Jem, and Laci. They can be cliquey at times and unfriendly to new guests that threaten their pack, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how welcoming they were to him. Laci jumped all over him like they’ve been best friends for years, Zoey wagged her tail as she sniffed him, and Jem only gave a few curious howls. Our dogs welcomed him so easily and accepted him in a way that felt like they knew him all their lives. I had a fateful feeling that was their way of telling us this new dog was always meant to be here with us. 

Buddy Meets The OthersI was also worried how he might react to them since I had no idea what kind of trauma he had been through in the past or if he had dog aggression. I was so impressed with how gentle and kind he was with our little dogs as he towered over them sniffing them curiously and wagging his tail.

Buddy from RadioFence.com sharing dinner with LaciHis tail has never missed a beat since we met him. He could be standing outside all alone and he would be wagging as if to say he was happy and content no matter what he was doing or what the circumstances were.

I was sad for him when I noticed he didn’t seem to know how to interact or play with our dogs or their toys. It was like he had never learned how to be a dog, and maybe he was never given that chance. We would try to play ball, fetch, or tug of war with him and he seemed confused like a new puppy being introduced to a toy for the first time.

Buddy from RadioFence.com didn't know how to play with toysHe was cautious, looked for approval, and aimed to please us. He would look up at us for permission before going inside the house wondering if he was welcome. He was extremely smart and attentive from the start. He even knew the general commands like “sit, stay, come, no, etc.”

Buddy from RadioFence.com Knows "Sit"He loved being in the car more than any other dog I’ve met. We’d take him on as many car rides as we could, and when we got home he didn’t want to get out. He wanted to stay in there for hours by himself just parked in the garage. It was his comfort zone. He could only be coaxed out with a treat, and even then he needed a lot of encouragement before he would give in. We wondered if he felt most comfortable there because he associated it with being rescued. Maybe he figured if he stayed in the car we would have to take him with us if we ever left, and he wouldn’t be abandoned again. 

Buddy from RadioFence.com wouldn't get out of the carHe had such a selfless spirit and gentle soul from the second he walked into our lives. We didn’t know what to call him or if we should name him. Naturally we would say, “come here Bud,” or “hey Buddy, good boy!” His friendly spirit led us to instinctually call him Buddy as a term of endearment, and after a few days the name stuck. 

Buddy’s Past In The Kill Shelter Is Revealed

 The day after finding him, two women came forward on Facebook saying he was their dog and his name was Elvis, but he may not know his name because they had only had him for less than a week. They said he dug out from under their fence while they weren’t home. They had just started a non-profit out of their house with a mission to rescue dogs from kill shelters. They arrived at the kill shelter 30 minutes before the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized and rescued them from that fate.
Buddy's rescue from the kill shelter

Minutes Away From Being Euthanized 

We called the kill shelter that “Elvis” came from, and the woman on the phone couldn’t speak more highly of him. She said he was such an amazing dog that they actually gave him two weeks longer than protocol before they are euthanized hoping that he would be rescued.

Every Creatures Salvation saved him only minutes before he was scheduled to be euthanized. I was speechless and numbed at the thought of how close this remarkable dog was to never walking out of that kill shelter.

Buddy from RadioFence.comBecoming His Foster Family 

The women who rescued him had saved multiple dogs at once and were tight on resources. We asked them if we could foster Buddy at our home. We were attached and didn’t want to see him leave, but mainly we knew it was in his best interest if we funded his journey to adoption. There was a PetSmart adoption event in one week that they originally planned for him to attend, and he needed to be neutered by then to be eligible.

Surprise Of A Lifetime On The Operating Table

 We scheduled Buddy to be neutered with a wonderful veterinarian in town, and we joked that we should get the operation at half price because he only had one testicle. The veterinarian laughed and warned us that it would actually be more expensive because they have to make an incision in his abdomen to go looking for the other testicle that hadn’t dropped.

Buddy from RadioFence.com after surgeryWhen we picked Buddy up, the veterinarian said it was a miracle that he happened to make the incision in the location that he did, because as soon as he opened Buddy up he saw a large bubble on his bladder that was moments away from bursting. The vet said his bladder could have ruptured just from playing or rough housing with him and couldn’t believe it was still in tact. He said an injury like that is only consistent with being kicked in the stomach or hit by a car. Both scenarios were tough to stomach thinking about him in either of those dreadful situations. We began to feel like we should be calling him Lucky rather than Buddy!

Is Buddy A Boy Or A Girl?

The surprises didn’t stop there, when looking for his other testicle, the vet instead found a uterus and an ovary. Buddy was a boy on the outside but a girl on the inside! The poor thing went in for a routine neutering surgery and came out with a bladder repair, full hysterectomy, and neutering. We slept with him on the living room floor throughout the night to care for him after this extensive operation. 

Buddy from RadioFence.com recovering from surgeryAdoption Event Cancelled

Buddy’s recovery time doubled once these surprises showed up in the operating room, and the plan to have him ready for the adoption event that weekend was no longer an option. We were going to be caring for him through his recovery for another week or two.

Buddy from RadioFence.com recovering after surgeryWe had all been getting more attached and emotionally invested in him at this point, and on Valentine’s Day Buddy suffered from a seizure in the front yard which scared us half to death. We rushed him to the vet, and once we got there he acted like nothing had happened. The vet said he could just be epileptic, and this may not be the last time he has one. He took a long nap that day because he was so tired from the seizure.  Buddy from RadioFence.com taking a nap

A Change of Heart – Or Was It?

It’s hard to pin point the exact moment when we realized we could never give Buddy up for adoption to another family, or if we somehow knew it all along. But after everything he went through at the kill shelter, getting rescued moments before being euthanized only to find himself on the streets again within days, his surgery, seizure, and how positive he still remained, my dad was the first person to utter the words that we were all thinking -“maybe we should just keep him.”

He had already been through so much and reshaped our family’s structure to include his resilient spirit. I don’t think we could have felt whole again with his absence, and we couldn’t imagine putting him through another huge life change of being re-homed. He is finally home, he has a forever family, and he isn’t going anywhere unless it’s in the backseat with us. 

Buddy and Laci going for a car rideBuddy’s Transformation 

There was a noticeable change in Buddy once we established that he was a permanent member of our family. When we were fostering him, it felt like he didn’t want to play with the toys and join in with the other dogs because maybe he was worried it was just temporary and didn’t want to get his hopes up or get too used to it. After we adopted him, we could notice him letting his guard down. I will never forget the night he opened himself up and learned to play with Laci and the toys in the living room.

Buddy and Laci PlayingHe and Laci have been inseparable and obsessed with each other ever since.

They sleep together…

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com Sleep Together Cuddle…

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com CuddleWatch TV…

Buddy and Laci watching TV!Laugh together…

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com Swapping JokesNap…

napKeep each other company…

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com Hanging OutAnd comfort each other

Buddy and Laci from RadioFence.com Have A Strong BondThey have such a great bond and fun adventures. 

He has finally been given the chance to learn how to be a dog, and he’s probably the purest-hearted one we’ve ever known. He still loves going for car rides, but he trusts that he can go inside with us afterwards until the next ride without worrying he that will get left behind.

Buddy from RadioFence.com Loves The CarWith all of the improvements he has made, our favorite thing about Buddy hasn’t changed since the moment he came into our lives – he still wags his tail constantly without fail. And now he goes to bed every night with a smile on his face.

smileThere are few people or animals in this life that are so wonderful they make you feel indebted to them. It’s like they have done you a favor just by giving you the honor of knowing them. That is how Buddy has made our family feel – blessed, gifted, indebted, uplifted, inspired, thankful. We didn’t choose our fate, he chose us.

Buddy from RadioFence.com's Cheesy Smile

DIY Toy For Dogs That Tear Up Stuffed Animals

DIY Toy For Dogs That Tear Up Stuffed Animals

Zoey was my first furbaby, and I was so excited to welcome her into our family three years ago. I ran out to the store to purchase a ton of new and adorable toys for her. My favorite was the little skunk that resembled Zoey’s black and white fluffy fur. Zoey loved to play with her toys, and they lasted her entire puppyhood into adulthood. I’ll admit I grew sentimental of the toys when I would think about how little she was when she started playing with them and the story behind each toy. I would even get her a stuffed animal souvenir from any vacation I took that she couldn’t accompany me on. 

A year later, we welcomed a floppy-eared, clumsy, howling hound dog sister for Zoey – our Beagle Jem. She quickly established her authority over toys within the first few days. She reasoned that toys were meant to be destroyed upon contact with the quickest speed possible. It wasn’t long before all of Zoey’s sentimental toys were a pile of fluff and fur scraps all across the floor. I doubt Zoey was as sad to see them go as I was, but I soon realized that it was going to be a challenge to find a toy that Jem couldn’t destroy in under one minute. 

Jem's First Night Home

Jem’s First Night Home

Jem is over two years old now, and we still struggle to find her a toy that will last long enough to warrant buying it for her. There just doesn’t seem to be any “durable, indestructible, or long-lasting” toy on the market that she can’t beat. The other dogs learned from example within weeks of Jem joining our family, and they took after her soon enough.

13Now they all destroy toys proudly, but Jem is still the undefeated champ of demolishing them with record speed. Six minutes. That’s all it took for Jem to investigate the new stuffed animal I bought her today and accomplish her goal of de-stuffing it. 

Jem Stuffed Animal ChampionOur living room looks like a teddy bear graveyard on a nightly basis, and we’ve finally resorted to having the dogs play with the miscellaneous legs, arms, and other body parts of their toys that they’ve ruined rather than continuing to buy them hundreds of dollars worth of pretty animals with their heads firmly attached.

Stuffed Animal Graveyard - RadioFence.com Pet ProductsWhenever I watch them destroy their stuffed animals, it seems like the act of pulling the stuffing out of the toy is what has them so hooked. Once the toy is thoroughly plucked, shredded, and flattened, they grow bored and move on to something else.

12What if there was a toy that could satisfy their need to pull the stuffing out, but they could do it again and again without purchasing a brand new toy? That would be perfect for our pups!

Step 1: Purchase Felt and a “Tug & Treat Ball”

1I bought the large pack of felt at Jo Ann Fabric for $5.00 rather than buying each piece separate for $0.50, but I found that it only took 1-3 sheets of felt for the smaller sized ball, so if you’re only making one small toy you don’t need as much felt as I thought. 

Step 2: Cut Strips of Felt

2I wanted the strips to be fairly easy for the dogs to pull out of the holes, but you can judge what size strips you want depending on how big the holes are, how easily you want them to be pulled out, etc. 

Step 3: Stuff Strips Into The Ball

3I made sure I left strips hanging out of the holes so the dogs understood what the toy was made to do. That way they easily pulled one or more strips as soon as they interacted with it which taught them the toy’s purpose. If your dog doesn’t seem to understand the point of the new toy right away like mine did, it works great to stuff small pieces of treats into the toy to entice her to play. 

Step 4: Enjoy!

After the quick 5-10 minute creation of this toy, your dogs are ready to play! Laci went absolutely nuts over the ball as soon as I finished making it, and she had the felt furiously pulled out in under a minute! I loved how quick and easy it was to put the felt strips back into the toy for round two of fun. 

4The stuffed animals in the room quickly became old news, and all of the dogs lost interest in them. This new toy was the latest obsession!

5I was so excited to see Jem love the toy as much as Laci. Our stuffing addict was quickly converted to a felt ball lover!

6It wasn’t long before Jem and Laci had a stand-off over which felt ball was the best, and the competition was fierce.

7Laci felt confident in her choice of the red ball, but you know how dogs are… the grass is always greener when it comes to toys and food. Naturally, Jem thought Laci’s ball was better and wanted to steal it.

8Zoey had the best tactics of them all. While Jem and Laci were busy battling over one ball, Zoey stealthily kept to herself with her own ball and focused on enjoying the new fun!

9Within minutes of making this simple and easy toy, I could already tell it was the new favorite with all three dogs. Success! I was confident that at least one of them would love it, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of them were thrilled by it. This toy was so easy to make, so simple to re-stuff, and so much cheaper than any stuffed animal I could buy for them. Best of all, it’s a sustainable toy that can be used over and over again while still satisfying their love for plucking “stuffing” out of toys.

Your dogs will love you more than they already do when you make this felt ball for them, and I would love to see pictures and hear about your experience with it! Email me your story and/or pictures to kelsey@radiofence.com :)