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This Stick Library for Dogs Is the Purests Idea in Existence

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Andrew Taylor from Kaiapoi in New Zealand loves two things: woodwork and his dog Bella. Ok, he probably loves more than two things, but for the sake of this story those two stand out. He brought recently those passions together with one genius idea: a stick library for dogs. 

A stick library works pretty much the same as a regular library–but you know, with sticks not books. Andrew used his skills to build a cute borrowing box full of perfectly selected and sanded sticks for dogs to pick up, have a play with, and return when they’re done. Anyone who has spent the better part of a picnic walking around looking for the dream stick will appreciate the elegance of the idea.

The stick library came to the world’s attention when Andrew’s daughter Tayla shared it on TikTok, explaining: “Bella loves sticks so dad made a stick library for the new dog park. Happy doggo”. Sharing the post on Facebook she explained “… there were no good sticks at our new dog park in Kaiapoi. So my wholesome dad made a stick library so all the doggos can enjoy a good stick.”

Speaking to Metro she reflected on the stick library’s warm reception in the neighbourhood: “All the dog owners appreciate it as they all have experienced the ‘good stick search’ which isn’t always fruitful … it’s an idea that just makes sense to them.” Apparently, it’s even attracted the attention of at least one stick-loving cat–which is the best story of community togetherness we’ve heard recently.

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Written by Wendy Syfret
Wendy is Head of Media at Scratch. Which is a good fit, because she's never met a dog she didn't like. Although she has a special place in her heart for muts: three legs, one eye, missing fur, bit of a weird walk? The scruffier the better. Her favourite dog in the whole world though is her terrier-mix Stevie.