Looking out the window on this rainy, muddy day, it’s hard to believe just a few weeks ago we were trying to stay cool in the summer heat. Was it just me, or did the summer speed by even faster than usual? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at this, since the first half of the summer was spent training for the Boston Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk (which by the way was an AMAZING experience!). The event was in late July on the hottest weekend of the summer, with temperatures above 100!
Cassie and Moxie were, of course, my training partners, walking with me during the months of training in the rainy spring and early summer. I doubt I would have gotten in nearly as many training miles if not for their company, enthusiasm and spirit!
Once the walk was over, we turned our attention to quality sailing time… culminating in our 11 day sailing trip to Portland, Maine. Of course, the dogs came with us, and are wonderful boat dogs.
Before leaving on our trip, we visited the pet supply store to stock up on essentials, and to pick out some fun toys to keep them occupied on the boat when us humans wanted to get off the boat for a dinner on the town.
We chose the Busy Buddy Twist n’ Treat by Premier. This is a rubber toy that holds small treats, and can be adjusted to control how fast the treats are dispensed. The shape of the toy gives it an off-balance rocking motion when dropped or tossed. Our hope was that the toy would keep them occupied, but calm so they wouldn’t be stressed when we left them alone inside the boat. It was a great choice, as evidenced by the contented silence below the decks as we snuck away for dinner!
The Busy Buddy folks suggest their Premier Buddy Berries Dog Treats and Premier Buddy Oh’s Dog Treats to use with the toy. We didn’t find either of these in stock, but it was easy to find small treats to use. Kibble would also work well in this toy. Just play around with the size of the opening to adjust to the treats you choose. Very small treats will fall out too fast, so size up to what works for you. The label also suggests using peanut butter or cheese bits, but we thought that might get too messy on the boat.
As you can see from the photo above, the toy got a lot of use during and after the trip. It does show bite marks, but nothing major. We notice that this toy is pretty much ignored as a toy unless we add treats to it, which makes sense.
This toy is great for keeping a dog occupied when company comes to the door, to help calm separation anxiety, or even to slow down a fast eater. Be warned that the Busy Buddy will get slobbery!
All in all we had a great trip — that is until Hurricane Katya decided to churn up the seas and make things rather rough on our journey home. Luckily my dogs are much braver than I am, and handled the heavy seas well. We all got to wear our foul weather gear and life jackets for several days, and there is nothing better than cuddling with a warm dog in the v-berth after a stressful day on the water. Good girls!
Want to give it a try with your dog? You can purchase this toy in our online store in the Puzzle Toy section, or go directly to Amazon.com with one of the links below. Have fun!