Dog dad Andrew Taylor lived near a dog park with his wonderful stick-chasing dog named Bella. However, no good free-range sticks were to be found at the Kaiapoi dog park in Kaiapoi, New Zealand. So Andrew did what any handy dad would do.
He trimmed some trees in the yard and headed into his workshop to solve this pressing problem!
When some trees needed trimming on his property, Andrew saw his opportunity to give back to the local dog community. He carefully cut branches in a range of sizes, ensuring each one was gunk- and splinter-free.
Andrew also made sure that each stick possessed that particular little bend that causes it to bounce when thrown. We love his attention to this specific detail.
Andrew placed his perfect sticks in a leftover shipping crate. He wood-burned a little sign declaring the “Stick Library” open to one and all, with the caveat that the sticks should be returned after use for the next dog to enjoy.
Andrew’s daughter Tayla caught her dad during his up-to-then secret mission of bringing joy to his local dog friends.
She shared videos of the process on her social accounts, bringing him worldwide fame for his fantastic idea and generosity of spirit.
Thanks for making the world a better place for dogs, Andrew! We love your spirit.
Check out Andrew’s radio interview
Hat Tip: Laughing Squid