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Elly's Food Toys and Games
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I’m a big advocate for food toys and puzzles so I put together a video of Elly playing some of her food games. 

I did a blog post with more information about how we play and what I’ve learned over the years.

But if you don’t feel like reading then just enjoy the TriPugMutt playing, snacking, and working on her core and leg strength, balance and proprioception smiley4

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Elly is so smart!! What fun! Of course she’s adorable too. You are a wonderful mom. smiley_clap

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Elly is clearly a pro at all of the games!  I was in awe at how smart she was to pull apart the sections of the activity mat, how nimble she is in using her paws and teeth to unlock puzzles, and her determination to flip, roll, and nudge toys in her hunt for every last treat!  Your work in building Elly’s confidence is so evident and a testament to your love for this very special girl, Karen!  ~ Stacy

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Nice job, Karen, thanks for this!

I like the lids game, and I have a bunch of those containers, so I think I’ll try that soon.

My two cats seem kinda bored lately, and could probably stand to lose an ounce or two, so this is good timing.

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Bravo! smiley_clap

You did such a great job with the video Karen, and explaining everything in Elly’s blog. Like I said there, your house is the Disneyland for dogs, it’s so much fun to watch her play with all the toys. And I agree that the lid game is pretty cool. I’m going to try that with Wyatt. 

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The way she works those food dispenser toys with such specificity  on how to manipulate  each design boggles my mind!

And to watch her pull tje drawers out, know g how to outsmart everything  on that particular  puzzle is plain brilliance!  And that “puzzle” at the end where she so deftly gets into the pockets where the treats are…so clever.

Yeah, she’s  food motivated,  but she is also absolutely  having  a blast too!!   There is only one EllyTrpawdPugMutt, that’s  for sure!! And we love her!❤


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS I was doing some toe tapping with the music.  And also when it got to sort of the bluesy part.  That wasn’t  by any chance Buckwheat Zydico (sp) ……and do you even know who I’m  talking about??


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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LOVED THIS POST!  The video of your Elly is amazing…what a smart girl she is!  My Chance is a front leg amputation tripawd so wondering how some of these games would work for him…he can’t really paw at the toys to uncover the treats.  Guess he could use his nose. 

I saw in your video that the white covers for your Tornado looked like they had a little string or something that Elly used to pull them up.  Did you attach those?  I checked the box and mine didn’t come with any.  I like the idea…might make it easier for him.  Both of my dogs like the tornado but once I put those white covers on them, they are no longer interested.  Of course, they may be just trying to get mom to do it for them! 

Thanks for the video…it’s given me more ideas to try with Chance! 

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Hi Sandra,

Yes I added the strings for Elly, her mouth is too small to get a good grip on those bones for Tornado.  I put knots inside and outside the bones so the string won’t fall out.  Elly is good about not eating things that aren’t food so I don’t have to worry about that with her- and also it keeps me from losing them! 

For a front amp you might try putting the puzzles on a stool or small table around nose height, something small enough he can get to the puzzle from all sides.  That way he could use his mouth and nose to work the puzzle without putting too much stress on his neck.

I’m glad the video was helpful!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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1st Ely is awesome as always!

2nd I love your House!

3rd When are you going to start your training classes in Zoom?

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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