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Man builds stick library at local park so every dog has one to play with

Dog picking up a stick dog-happy
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Andrew Taylor believes no dog should miss out on the fun. That's why he created a 'stick library' at the park to make sure every pooch has one to play with!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 15/10/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Taylor, 56, lives in Kaiapoi, New Zealand, with his wife, daughter, and a little Jack Russell called Bella. The gang enjoys daily trips to the local dog park, where Bella loves to find a stick and carry it around like it's the most precious thing in the world.

But during a recent visit, Taylor realised that some of the other dogs weren't as good at finding sticks as Bella. And as loving as she is, Bella never shares her stick with anyone. Taylor didn't like seeing the other dogs miss out on the fun, so he built a 'library' that lets pooches borrow a stick.

Free sticks for everyone!

The stick library is a little box that sits near the park gate. The dogs pick up a stick when they arrive, have some fun, and put it back when it's time to go home. As of yet, no 'naughty' pooches have tried running off with a stick. But let's be honest, it's only a matter of time before one cheeky pup tries their luck.

When asked about the rent-a-stick service, Taylor said:

"All the dogs seem to appreciate it. They've all have experienced the 'good stick search' which isn't always fruitful." 

All sticks are subject to strict safety measures

Taylor smoothes down all the sticks to prevent splinters breaking off during a chewing session. Broken bits of a stick can jam in a dog's mouth, causing nasty infections. If swallowed, they can cause intestinal blockage. Vets recommend using a chewy toy or ball for games of fetch.

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