Max and I decided that we had to make a little project. He was a bit irked with the whole alpaca nesting ball. He loved the smell but did not want the squirrels to be able to play with it and use the fine smelling fiber. I explained to him that the birds would also use the fiber, that made him feel better. Then we got an idea, what about a Max fur nesting ball? He was game. He thought it was pretty funny that squirrels might be using his fur to make a cozy nest. He also got a good brushing so it was a win win situation for all.
First you start off with a very willing participant.
Gather little bits and bobs of yarn you have been saving and you know you are never going to use. Cut up into small pieces.
Brush your dog like a mad woman getting every bit of fur possible off of him. Max appears to shed a whole dog everyday, so fur is not an issue here at my house. For a smaller dog save up the fur from a couple of brushings.
Mix bits of yarn into the furry pile, trying to spread them out evenly.
Try not to bore the stuffing out of your furry friend, while stuffing all the furry friends fur and bits of yarn into a small grapevine ball. I purchased mine at Joann's for just under $5.
Let the furry boy smell his creation before it is placed in the tree.
Tie in ribbons and string, and tie to a low tree branch.
Pretty isn't it?
Here is the alpaca nesting ball, someone has been investigating!!!! My only thought after I put this up was what would happen in the rain? Well I got my answer pretty quick as it rained the following morning for several hours. When I got home from work I ran out to see if I had a mess on my hands and look....
Max's nesting ball made it through pretty good. I turned around to see the alpaca nesting ball and it was missing, looking down I saw this.
Oh boy some little creature has been messing with the nesting ball. Max and I hung it back up and it is good to go. Wouldn't this be a great project for kids? I think I am going to collect more Max hair and do this with the two little girls I work with, then they can watch and see if some of the fiber and fur ends up leaving their nesting ball headed for a bird or squirrel nest.
Have a great day.