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Simply Irresistible Fetch Toy {For Your Dog}

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This past Friday I came home to waterworks! The incoming pipe to the water heater in my house had busted and my dogs, Ollie and Tawny, were trying to take care of the flood all by themselves. Seeing this is the only real dog-like behavior they have exhibited in awhile, I almost didn’t want to command them to stop!

Yes, my dogs seem to be in denial that they are dogs. When my daughter and I take Tawny and Ollie to the dog park, they stay by our sides, and when a dog tries to sniff them out, they hide behind us. When we take them to the vets, they sheepishly get up on the seats designated for dog owners and look away when the vet comes in. And, forget about trying to play fetch! They are great at walking and running alongside us for miles. But – playing fetch is another story.

Our younger dog, Ollie, wasn’t quite so bad when we first brought him home. At just 6 weeks, he would play fetch and join his sister in trying to snack on all the broccoli and apple slices I would toss them. But, as he’s gotten older, trying to play fetch with him is like trying to get my teen daughter to wake up before 7 am on the weekends. When I throw the ball-n-sock I used to use with him when he was little, he looks at it and then at me, and decides to take a nap with his sister! While, I find myself playing fetch – with myself!

Purina Beyond Snacks at Target

Recently when I was perusing the Dog food and treat aisles at Target during my lunch break, I came across Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks which are made in  Arkansas, USA. As they had Chicken listed as the #1 ingredient, and there were no grains, corn, wheat, soy, or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives listed; I figured I would bring them home and offer them as a treat alternative to the DIY treats and apples and broccoli I usually offer Tawny and Ollie.


When my dogs got a whiff of those snacks, they momentarily lost their manners – but regained them quickly and practiced being patient and letting the snacks rest on their paws till we told them they could get them. And that’s when I had the idea to use these snacks in the ball-n-sock.


And what a difference that ball with Purina Beyond Snacks made! Ollie not only chased that ball-n-sock around our back yard, but he even played tug-of-war with me! And I am so glad that a snack that I thought was just a good year-round, Natural Dog Snack is also my dog’s main motivator to keep active even during those times when we are not out running and walking.


Make Your Own:



All you will need is an old sock, a tennis ball, 1 Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlet, an X-acto knife or box cutter.
You are going to make a small slit in the tennis ball first…


Then, with your dog watching, insert broken up pieces of Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlet into the slit
Place the ball in the sock and you are ready to get your dog to play fetch with you again!

So, what are some of your dog’s favorite snacks?
Has your dog tried Purina Beyond Snacks yet?
Currently until 10/31, you can save 10% on Purina Beyond Snacks using Target’s Cartwheel App which can be downloaded through Google Play or the App Store onto your smart phone.


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  1. Charlie lives to play fetch. He would rather chase a ball (or a sock or a stick) than eat. Maybe these will come Down Under one day.

  2. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love this DIY because it is really simple and one so many dogs in my life would love! My dog is lazy but will play for Purina Beyond Treats! lol! #client

    • Shashi says:

      My dogs go trough a crazy amount of dog toys so now I give my old socks and tennis balls new purpose – with a little help from Purina! 🙂
      Thanks so much Amy!

  3. Ashley says:

    Oh my goodness your dogs are so adorable!! I want to come give them hugs! haha

    Our beagle we joke is more like a cat than a dog! She does the silliest things!

  4. Tara says:

    I didn’t know you had dogs! They are adorable!!

  5. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, your dogs are so beautiful!! I love the fetch toy!! and those Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets look great! dang, those look like beef jerky for humans! 🙂

  6. Through Her Looking Glass says:

    Dear Shashi, Your dogs are SO cute. I was just in PA staying with my Aunt Pinkie this past week and she has the cutest little daschund named Dolly. Dolly would adore these treats and that fetch toy!

  7. spicedblog says:

    Tawny and Ollie seem like such awesome pups, Shashi! I know for a fact that our dogs would go crazy over these treats…and that fetch toy! Except it wouldn’t be fetch. I don’t think Max would ever bring that toy back. Haha! 🙂

  8. I totally always need new toy ideas for my puppy, since she goes through them UBER FAST. I don’t even know how something 3 pounds can do that..
    BUT, these. I need to find them!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha! That’s the way Ollie was when we brought him home – though he wasn’t 3 lbs – he was 8 and seemed to gain a 1 lb a day! Thanks Taylor!