Do you have a dog who loves sticks? Like, is an actual stick connoisseur? Have you ever wondered what it would be like for your canine buddy to have his own repository of sticks to choose from? New Zealand toolmaker Andrew Taylor did—and his clever “stick library” is a huge hit at the dog park.
Taylor, 59, was trimming trees when he came up with a way to put the branches to good use. He collected and sanded the branches so they would be smooth. Then, he made a box engraved with the words “stick library” and deposited the sticks inside. The idea? Dogs who like playing fetch would be able to borrow a stick whenever they wanted.
Taylor was partially inspired by his own dog, a big fan of sticks. “Our dog Bella had become a stick lover because she ripped to shreds any balls or toys,” said Taylor’s daughter Tayla.
“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,” Tayla added.
“He decided to call it the stick library because it implied that you return the stick once you’re finished with it.”
Taylor took the box to the new dog park once it opened, and it’s been a hit with dogs and their owners ever since!