After reading the rave reviews from other Amazon customers and seeing how much the puppies enjoyed snuggling with this toy, I really wanted to buy a Snuggle Pet for my own puppy. I put it in my shopping cart, and realized the $39.99 price tag was putting me outside of my budget for essential puppy purchases. ....But I really wanted to try this! So....being a long time 'Do-It-Yourselfer" I decided to make my own.
At first I thought about just making a pillow out of fake fur from the fabric store....But then it occurred to me that it would cost less to recycle an old toy from our family collection of a gazillion stuffed animal toys. Most of our plush toys have sentimental attachment for my kids. But there was one little 'Toto' dog that was not a particular favorite. I bought the toy for $5.00 from Kohls last year.
|$5.00 plush toy dog from Kohls|
I looked it over to see if there was any parts that could come loose. The eyes were too secure for me to remove and the nose was soft and made of faux leather. It seemed very well constructed.
So I took out a seam ripper from my sewing box, and went to work removing the seam under the body of the dog. I ripped out the tag, and that provided an opening that was the perfect size for removing stuffing.
The manufacturer describes these Warmers as follows...."Warmers are safe to use, odorless and non-toxic. The Heat Factory warmer is a soft, lightweight pouch containing a biodegradable mixture of iron powder, charcoal, salt, sawdust and vermiculite. When exposed to the air, an oxidation process takes place that generates heat."
They come 10 in a pack and cost $12.66
You can find them in our Shop under Puppy Supplies.
After the 'Heat Factory Operation" you can see that the doggy toy does not look much different then it did in the beginning. I never pulled the stuffing out of the head, because it did not seem necessary to do so. But the body now lies flat so our puppy can easily snuggle into it.
Although not as perfect as the original Snuggle Pet...it still lacks the heart beat....it may not be as handsome...I am still pretty happy at the results. And the price of $12.66 for 10 days of cozy warmth was pretty awesome.
Now to see how well my puppy likes it!